Emerging in Perpetuity Episode 2: Shift – The Gig Economy

Fast forward to 2030 and a podcast series that looks at emerging technology and the implications for society.

Episode 2: Shift – The Gig Economy

Hearing from Zachary Noyer (Swaptik Chowdhury), the leader of Working Together, and Frederick Wharton (Eddie Lopez), Policy Analyst at BLAND, the second episode looks to unravel the costs associated with Shift, especially those to Shifters. We will also look further into the policies introduced in 2020 that enabled its creation.  Your host is Mirabelle Baker (Ishita Ghai).  

About the series: New technologies are dramatically changing the way we live, work, play, and even think. While their impacts on users and developers may be immediately felt, we’re only beginning to grasp the consequences for society at large. We’ve got to ask: what does it mean for our analog humanity to thrive in an increasingly digital world? 

Emerging in Perpetuity explores the societal applications, implications, and ethics of emerging technologies. We consider how emerging technologies may serve different stakeholders inequitably and destabilize society. We believe that policy can help right such inequities and that the time to take a stronger policy stance is now, while the analog-digital relationship is still young. 

Our podcast team is a group of doctoral students of Policy Analysis at Pardee RAND Graduate School. We specialize in technology applications and implications. We don’t claim to be experts in designing policy solutions—yet—but offer fresh, diverse perspectives on emerging technology and bring in current findings from our work. We curate the most captivating trends in tech, probing them by extrapolating them 10-15 years into hypothetical but plausible future scenarios. With each episode, we hope to inspire your curiosity and leave you feeling as we do: we need thoughtful policy to make the analog-digital relationship work. 

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