Scaling Techno-Optimistic Visions

Seyram Avle, Cindy Lin, Jean Hardy, Silvia Lindtner

Abstract


Techno-optimism, or the enduring belief that technology use and production are promising for humanity, is bound up in past and ongoing ideals of modernity, progress, and “development.” As a particular form of hope and aspiration, techno-optimism is harnessed for nation-building and economic development projects that invest in the promise of scaling. This article demonstrates that this enduring techno-optimism requires various forms of entrepreneurial labor, and that the promise of scaling and technological progress together form a contemporary technique of governance.


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digital technology; entrepreneurial life; entrepreneurial citizens; technological promise; scale; techno-optimism

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