world of weird things podcast: why robots are coming for your job and education is the only way to stop them

Futurists have long predicted a time when tens of millions of jobs are done by machines, out of sight and out of mind. Now, this moment is here and we’re far from ready...
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Robots and computers are now involved in virtually every facet of the global economy, and they might well be coming for your job next because, after all, you’re only human. Machines don’t need sleep, food, or pay, and they don’t forget things or get overwhelmed unlike us meatbags. Your only tool to cope with the coming changes? Education. The only thing standing in your way? Lawmakers who can’t be bothered to understand how the world has changed and allow us to adapt accordingly. If these warnings sound grim, well, so is protracted unemployment in Western nations which believe that the beatings should continue until morale improves.

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Articles covered or touched on in this episode…

How Your Smartphone Is Eliminating The Checkout Line
How Old Macdonald’s Farm Might Just Get Automated
Why The College Bubble Really Needs To Pop
Why Standardized Testing Is Ruining Education
Why Companies And Colleges Aren’t Working Together
The Absurd Post-college Guessing Game
The Trump Administration Is In Denial About Jobs And Artificial Intelligence
Digital Chaos Theory: We Live In A World We No Longer Understand
If You Think Globalization Has Been Rough To You So Far, You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet…

Related articles and further reading…

How We’re Fighting Over The Future One Election At A Time
Why You Can Only Fight Reality For So Long
No, New Yorker, Tech Has Empathy, It’s Our Awful Politicians Who Don’t
How The Gig Economy Ate The Post-industrial World And How To Escape Its Clutches

Correction: It turns out you can subscribe to our podcast on iTunes and we were approved on the platform. We just never received our notification. The subscription links have been updated for this and previous episodes.

Intro/outro by Absolute Valentine, courtesy of Lazerdiscs Records

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