The Future of Children

For many people, the decision to have children seems so obviously correct that it's hardly a decision at all.  But maybe things aren't so simple. 

Considering the consensus we reached last time--that we are rapidly speeding towards a future where there will be fewer and fewer jobs as more and more tasks become automated--maybe having children isn't so obviously the correct thing to do after all. 

Is it right to bring children into a world where their prospects of finding long-term employment are growing dimmer by the second?  Is it right to bring more people onto a world whose resources are already taxed to the point of exhaustion by an ever growing population.  Does the world really need more people?

Come join us as we tackle these and other questions!  As always, some short introductory readings are posted under the "pages" tab.  This time there are two (but both are short can be read in like 10 minutes total).

 

Looking forward to seeing everybody soon!

-dan

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  • Dave

    Great discussion that covered a lot of ground, but Dan did a good job moderating and bringing us back to the main topic.

    June 4, 2013

  • Morgan

    Ugh, nevermind! I can't tonight... I really wanted to see everyone! :(

    June 3, 2013

  • Morgan

    Bringing someone with me!

    June 3, 2013

  • Nancy

    Sorry can't make it this time. Hopefully next one.

    June 3, 2013

  • Robert

    Sorry I had to change to a no--but I will try to make it!

    June 2, 2013

  • Daniel S.

    Hey all,

    The meet-up's tomorrow night. Looking forward to it! Quick reminder that free, easy parking is located at a public garage just a few blocks West next to the Trader Joe's (@ Culver and Washington). Any other questions, comments, etc call me at[masked] 9822.

    See y'all soon!
    -dan

    June 2, 2013

  • Robert

    Looking forward to meeting you!! I was at the Milken Conference and soon will be at a 2000 person TED-like conference in TX.
    What's the effect of the more "educated" population often having 0 or 1 children??

    May 29, 2013

  • Dave

    Interesting article on the elderly being cared for by robots if there aren't enough younger folks to take care of them:

    http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/19/disruptions-helper-robots-are-steered-tentatively-to-elder-care/?partner=rss&emc=rss

    May 20, 2013

    • Daniel S.

      Anyway, I'm now off to buy a costume for my roomba ;)

      May 23, 2013

    • Gabriel K.

      Would that be a French Maid costume for your roomba? :)
      We already rely on machines and robots a lot. (Yes, even talk to them.)
      I don't think they will replace essential human contacts. Theoretically they could free us from a lot of time consuming and boring chores and leave us with more time to be social and creative.... Theoretically!!!

      May 24, 2013

  • Dave

    I'm with Morgan. The Culver Hotel sounds cool. And Charles, if you have mixed feelings that's the whole point of having a discussion in order to clear them up.

    Can't wait for them to build the 3D printers necessary to construct the oil derricks they'll need to drill for methane hydrate at the bottom of the ocean:

    http://www.nature.com/news/japanese-test-coaxes-fire-from-ice-1.12858

    And if American kids are too cool for math, I'm sure we can find some in China or India or Africa that can do the job. BTW, my nephew just got accepted to Cal Poly and he'll be studying physics, but maybe he's just an outlier.

    May 16, 2013

  • Morgan

    Not everyone is westside, plus the Culver Hotel has food and libations, which always make for more interesting discussions!

    May 16, 2013

  • Charles

    If only 6 of us RSVP the Santa Monica Library has free rooms for meetings to not pay for a lobby meetup at a hotel.

    May 16, 2013

  • Charles

    I have mixed feelings about this meetup. People have predicted we will run out of crude oil to pump from the ground for over 100 yrs. I don't know about present predictions but there may be known oil fields to last for 200 years with solar installations & windmills. More automated systems making things means someone needs to service, remove and overhaul them after some number of operating hours so they don't fail. Or replacing a motor or servo when it fails.

    I'm near launch of a university network to see if we get sponsors to build 3d printers 15x15x65 feet or 20x20x100 feet. But to make it practical we need to build a structure under surface to transfer loads 3d printed plastic materials need to be structural. Part of network is a materials lab to find lower cost materials than carbon fiber and even more expensive Kevlar. With American kids not studying math can we inspire kids to study math to get access to 3d printers? And make 3d printer parts for more student access?

    May 16, 2013

  • gil l.

    8pm? Is that time right? If it is then I need to beg out and sorry to miss out.

    May 15, 2013

  • Morgan

    Mondays, especially the 3rd, are great. Can't wait to see everyone again! :)

    May 14, 2013

  • Gabriel K.

    I'm flexible so far

    May 14, 2013

  • Daniel S.

    A quick scheduling note: I know I'm switching it up from our usual Saturday afternoon format because the next few Saturdays are all terrible for me and I want to get another meet-up in before too long. Right now I've scheduled this for Monday night, but if another weeknight would work better for people (Tuesday or Wednesday), I'm open to that. If another night is better for more people, I'll be happy to make the switch, so shoot me an email.

    I will consider scheduling input primarily from those who have been consistently coming to the meet-ups (you know who you are).

    Thanks!
    -dan

    May 14, 2013

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