RESET Meeting 8: Automation
Wed, October 30, 2:30 PM in Folsom Library Rm. 353B
- Changing narratives in climate change denial.
- Top-down versus bottom-up approaches in combating climate change
- Inevitability of technocratic band-aids. E.g., carbon scrubbing, space mirrors, and air-conditioned bio-domes
- Peoples' movements like Extinction Rebellion effectively shutting down cities
- What does the pace of automation look like? Past experts predicted that nearly all labor would be automated by now and current experts have made similar predictions for 2030, 2050, etc. What's a more realistic way of looking at automation?
- What kind of jobs will be impacted? Manual labor comes to mind but what about creative and professional work? Wouldn't an automated doctor with access to millions of medical records that it can scan be better than a human doctor? Wouldn't a neural network that can go through millions of generations of songs produce better music?
- What will happen to manual labor? The transportation industry is the second largest employer in the United States. Self-driving cars could affect millions of drivers.
- What about office work? Will a larger proportion of office workers' time be spent training programs to do their jobs?
- What will the economy look like when most American citizens are unemployable? How do we need to change our attitudes and societal structures to accommodate mass unemployment?
- Who benefits from automation? The workers or the owners?
Articles and links
- Great video. A few years old but, so far, not dated: Humans Need Not Apply
- Best summary article I could find: The Relentless Pace of Automation
- Article about basic income and its limits: Basic Income
- Robot poets on the rise: Neural Poetry