Emerging in Perpetuity Episode 4: Shift – Is Regulation the Answer?

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

Episode 4: Shift – Is Regulation the Answer?

In 2030, labor markets have fundamentally changed. Does Shift represent another large “shift” and what are the policy implications? Geared towards policy makers, this episode will strive to weave together a deeper exploration of the topics discussed in the previous episodes. We will bring back all our speakers to assess and scrutinize each other’s current positions by asking tough policy questions associated with the development of Shift, and what this might mean for our listeners in the long run.

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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