There are some definite “Stop the world, I want to get off” moments in the new Great Minds with Michael Medved podcast from Discovery Institute. Michael talks with economist Jay Richards about the future of “smart machines,” including sex robots. Dr. Richards, author of the new book The Human Advantage: The Future of American Work in an Age of Smart Machines, offers a balanced view of what the future holds.
A Great Mind
Jay Richards, a senior fellow at Discovery Institute and an amazingly diverse and accomplished thinker and writer. He teaches at the School of Business and Economics at The Catholic University of America, serves as Executive Editor of the web journal The Stream, and meanwhile has had time to write a stream of fascinating and important books on a range of subjects, from science to economics to theology. He holds a PhD in theology and philosophy from Princeton Theological Seminary. His books include the New York Times bestsellers Infiltrated, and Indivisible.
Timestamps more closely approximate the audio than the video.
- 02:40 | Will there be a time when humans become obsolete?
- 03:55 | The fundamental philosophical error
- 05:00 | In a robot future, what would people do to occupy their time?
- 05:55 | The dystopian vision of Brave New World
- 09:00 | What happens to the legions of truckers when driverless vehicles take over?
- 10:35 | What is the real cause of job displacement
- 11:00 | The original human computers
- 12:05 | The Moravec’s Paradox and the fate of manual labor
- 14:20 | From whence comes economic growth?
- 14:44 | From factories to footmen
- 17:30 | The world’s oldest profession coopted by robots