In this week’s podcast we were joined by Eric Kaufmann, Birkbeck politics professor and author of Whiteshift: Populism, Immigration and the Future of White Majorities, in conversation with the BBC’s Razia Iqbal. In a challenging and wide-ranging conversation, they discussed how demographic shifts are transforming our politics, and what we should do about it.
Digital technologies are accelerating at a rapid rate. Autonomous vehicles are being tested in major cities, e-commerce is taking a higher percentage of retail sales, and automation is affecting sectors from restaurants to manufacturing. These developments are making many people nervous about the future of work in America. What kinds of skills will people need in the digital economy? How should we think about education and worker retraining? Do we need new types of public policies to deal with workforce ramifications? On April 12, The Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution hosted a discussion featuring experts on the future of work. Panelists talked about trends in emerging technologies and how robots, AI, and automation will affect the workforce. After the discussion, panelists answered questions from the audience.
The perceived threat of artificial intelligence (AI) to the American workforce and society more broadly has become a common topic of discussion among policymakers, academics, and the wider public. But is AI a threat? And if so, are there appropriate policy solutions? History is replete with examples of disruption caused by past technological advances. Are the lessons from those advances applicable to AI? These are just some of the questions addressed by the PBS television documentary CyberWork and the American Dream.
Please join us for a special screening of CyberWork and the American Dream followed by a discussion of these important issues.
Sustainability scholar Jem Bendell looks to deep adaptation in the face of inevitable climate-induced social collapse – as the global system of carbon capitalism pushes life on this planet towards disaster, only a profound shift in the way we relate to the natural world, each other, and our own mortality can prepare us for the world that lies closer than we’d ever imagined.
Jem is author of the paper Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating Climate Tragedy.