The Only Good Technologist is an Anti-Technologist

Nick Hilton
15 min readOct 14, 2022
Joe Rogan sits down with Mark Zuckerberg

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“Legs are coming soon!” read the widely-lampooned tweet from the @MetaHorizon corporate Twitter account. Legs, they announced, were coming soon. Hooray?

I read this tweet only because I saw people dunking on it. There was a degree of absurdity to this announcement, which marked the fact that legs would be added to the avatars available on the Meta virtual reality platform, Horizon. After all, we have legs. Legs are not coming soon, they’re already here; here since the day that sea slugs climbed out of the ocean and somehow became monkeys. Announcing the new addition of legs to the human physique was something of a reimagination of the laws of evolution.

I read this tweet at a time when I was listening to Meta (formerly Facebook) CEO Mark Zuckerberg giving a three-hour podcast audience to Joe Rogan, the stand-up comedian/Fear Factor presenter/MMA enthusiast turned podcast magnate. For many in the digital media space, such an interview was essential listening; for other, normal people, it was like being confronted with the audiobook of Ulysses, read in Norwegian by someone with a mouthful of olives.

The metaverse — the virtual reality universe proposed by Zuckerberg and carried along by many others — is a controversial idea. For some, the idea of replacing the physical world with a digital space is anathema to everything that makes human existence exciting. Equally, some people can see only the advantages of such a new frontier: total work flexibility, the death of commercial real estate, an end to loneliness. Zuckerberg — who is the ultimate evangelist for the metaverse — cannot hold this position. He has to pretend, publicly at least, to understand the scepticism about the metaverse. Rogan, meanwhile, who is a committed early-adopter of any new technology, is essentially less cynical than any other journalist on this subject. They are both prosthelytising under the pretence of neutrality. And so their interview becomes a sort-of manifesto. Our digital future, as envisaged by a geriatric millennial and a geriatric Gen Xer.

All of this has got me thinking that we — not the ‘royal we’, but we — need to make sure that we code anti-technologist sentiments into our visions of the…

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Nick Hilton

Writer. Media entrepreneur. London. Interested in technology and the media. Co-founder podotpods.com Email: nick@podotpods.com.