The past several weeks have been presentations from classmates about their chosen research areas. You can find them here: link
You can find my own explainer on wage and employment trends here: link
I found a few different patterns among the presentations:
- optimism : pessimism
- hope : fear
- decentralization : centralization
There were common divisions commonly applied to several topics.
The most pervasive division was the centralization / decentralization cycle described by Tim Wu. The ability for platforms to be both tools of decentralization and centralization was noticeable whenever Facebook and Bitcoin were brought up.
When it came to capitalism, corporations were often described as a kind of “other” that we were not apart of, but I suspect many of us will go on to work for some sort of large corporation within the next 7 years.
Capitalization of resources and labor wasn’t directly discussed, but was the focus of many discussions about automation and machine learning.
- trolley problem
Presentations around self-driving cars and human-machine centaurs both provided great examples of unfamiliar solutions to what feel like common sense problems.
I hope to find more of these in the future since they seem possible.