Emerging in Perpetuity podcast series
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.
Episode 1 – Intro to Shift.co
The episode provides a brief introduction to Shift – what it is, how it works, and what types of benefits/costs it may result in, for the two sides it serves (namely, the hourly-wage workers, and the businesses who hire them. Shedding light on the platform would be Giulio Mancini (Jim Mignano), the CEO of Shift, along with Barkley Wesley (Brian Wong), an Economist at the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Your host is Mirabelle Baker (Ishita Ghai).
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).
Episode 3: Shift – More on the Gig Economy
In episode 3 we hear from Giulio Mancini (Jim Mignano), the Chief Executive Officer of Shift, as well as Barkley Wesley (Brian Wong), an Economist at the Bureau of Economic Analysis as they explore monopoly and competition questions associated with Shift. We will also look further into the policies introduced in 2020 that enabled its creation. Your host is Mirabelle Baker (Ishita Ghai).
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.