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No Work, No Worries? The Future With Robots

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If you have paid attention to the recent predictions of technocrats, you know that a future filled with robots is almost certainly coming.  The only real question is not if they will become ubiquitous (yes, they will), or even when (pretty soon) but what our response will be.  Will the onset of widespread automation displace workers to a problematic extent or will, as in days past, changes in technology result in new and better jobs for those who are willing to retool for the future?  To give us some insight into the potential pitfalls and solutions, we talk with Dr. Darrell West, a political scientist with the Brookings Institute.  As Founding Director for their Center for Technology Innovation, he has spent the last two decades thinking and writing about technological changes and how they are likely to impact us.

 

 


 

Dr. David Cornelison has been working as an educator and scientist in Arizona and Missouri universities for the last 32 years. From 2010-2018, he was the head of the Department of Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science at Missouri State University. His research interests lie at the intersection of experimental condensed-matter physics and astrophysics, while his educational efforts have focused on outreach to the K-12 school system. Most of all, he believes in curiosity-driven learning in the sciences and all other fields.