Feb 18, 2012 · 3:00 PM
Stone Creek Bar
Welcome to the first event of 2012
Over the last decade we've seen sweeping changes in the way people work. We'd like to explore some of the upcoming trends we're likely to see as technology continues to shape our economies for the next couple of decades.
How is automation changing labor, or crime? How will a greying population alter the types and availability of jobs? Will telecommuting finally have its day in the sun? Will other forms of economies emerge, such as reputation economies? Do you foresee technology aiding or exacerbating income inequality? Will the idea of "post scarcity" play a role?
We're looking for speakers! We'll be running our familiar format of "Little Bigs" - 5 minutes, 5 slides. We have lots of slots for presenters, so if you'd like to share some knowledge, then contact us and tell us your topic.
Suggested topics include:
- How technology will affect employment?
- How will automation affect job availability?
- Will we see substitution effects with the emergence of increasingly intelligent machines?
- What sorts of jobs are "safe" (for a while)
- Will other forms of economy emerge, and how will jobs change if they do? (whuffies, post scarcity, open source)
- Can we invest in technology to reduce income inequality?
- Will we be switching professional fields even more rapidly in the future?
Recently there have been some great discussions about employment on the interwebs. I highly, reccommend the following links: "The Local-global Flip" - Jaron Lanier - (seriously, read or watch this) http://edge.org/conversation/the-local-global-flip Share of Income Gains by Quintile http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2011/09/04/opinion/04reich-graphic.html?ref=sunday Discussion on Hacker News: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2979405 The economics implications of intelligent machines http://econfuture.wordpress.com/2009/10/26/the-economic-implications-of-intelligent-machines/ http://www.overcomingbias.com/2009/10/take-both-econ-tech-seriously.html http://econfuture.wordpress.com/2009/10/29/why-i-think-robin-hanson-is-wrong-about-%E2%80%9Ceconomic-growth-given-machine-intelligence%E2%80%9D/
LITTLE BIGS SCHEDULE (running order is TBD)
1. Stuart: Post-Scarcity Prosperity: Envisioning Singularitarian Socioeconomics
2. Mike T. : 10 Things We Could Do to Maximize Employment... But Probably Won't
3. Joe P.: Sorting employment trends: short-term vs. long term impact
4. Dave P.: From Big Daddy to Big Data - Changing approaches to social change
5. Adam: Immigrants and Jobs (title TBD)
6. Olga: Crime without Punishment
7. Shane: Hick-Hacked Enzymes Crimes Rhymes (working title)
8. Paul: Technological Singularity: A fine time for crime