AI, automation & the economy: Jeff Sachs in conversation with Azeem Azhar

Great 45 minute podcast if you interested in tech, it’s influence on humanity and where it’s going.  Here’s the synopsis;

A discussion with Professor Jeffrey Sachs. Jeff is one of the world’s foremost thinkers on economic development; he advises the UN and a host of governments.

In a wide ranging podcast we talk about how technology has improved the lives of countless humans. We explore how automated systems will increasingly replace routine and highly-trained jobs. How will our societies cope with those changes? What will we do with the inequalities that will be increasingly produced by the technology revolution? What is the role of basic income? We even have some time to talk about Aristotle.

Some practical advice on how to help the homeless find work

I recently watched a TED talk by Richard J. Berry, the mayor of Albuquerque in the US. I love the practical hands on attitude of this guy and his city council.  The video, related info and links are below. I’m a strong advocate of not complaining about issues like this (and other issues) unless you going to do something about it. So how about trying something that’s proven to work?

When Richard J. Berry, the mayor of Albuquerque, saw a man on a street corner holding a cardboard sign that read “Want a job,” he decided to take him (and others in his situation) up on it. He and his staff started a citywide initiative to help the homeless by giving them day jobs and a place to sleep — and the results were incredible. Find out how your city can replicate Albuquerque’s model with this frank and optimistic talk.

Video + text credit: TED

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