014: How Might We Respond to Technological Unemployment?

In this podcast we return to the idea of technological unemployment: if it’s happening, what should we do? We consider three ways technological unemployment might be defeated: rising standards of living might outrun inequality, education and cognitive enhancement might solve our retraining problems, or new platforms and needs might emerge and create new demands. But if that doesn’t happen, we have three types of options. We cover the range of options from recidivism to artificial scarcity, to enhanced social safety nets.


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