I was in Washington last week for an event entitled “Will Robots Steal Your Job?” sponsored by the New America Foundation and Slate Magazine.
Slate also published a series of articles on the subject by Farhad Manjoo.
There were two panel discussions. Here is the list of participants from the event page at the New America Foundation:
Panel 1 – Can Robots Do Nuance?
Founder and CEO, Automated Insights, Inc.
Dr. Sarah Kramer
Primary care physician, University of Washington Medicine
President, Nutonian, Inc.
Slate Video: Robots on the Silver Screen
Panel 2 – Can the Economy Survive a Robot Uprising?
Dr. Tyler Cowen
Holbert C. Harris Chair of Economics, George Mason University
Co-author, Marginal Revolution blog
Author, The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future
Policy Director, Economic Growth Program
New America Foundation
A video of the discussion is here. One of the most interesting questions Farhad asked me was one that I have seen raised quite a few times: Why do I worry that machines might outpace workers when we all know that people in the future will be enhanced by “transhumanist” technology (brain implants, etc.)? That’s at 1:01:20.