Adjustably Loud and Surprisingly Free

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University has a podcast series called “Surprisingly Free” that discusses topics with “an eclectic mix of authors, academics, and entrepreneurs at the intersection of technology, policy, and economics.” Guests have included Nick Carr,  Tyler CowenKevin KellyEvgeny MorozovWilliam PowersClay ShirkyDanny SullivanTim Wu and many others.

They’ve just posted my conversation with host Jerry Brito about the ideas we lay out in Race Against the Machine. Jerry did a great job, asking excellent questions and refusing to settle for sound bites. It was a real pleasure to talk with him, and I predict you’ll find it engaging if you give it a listen.

We cover a lot of ground, including

  • The rise in US inequality and why we should care about it.
  • The upsides and downsides of fast technological progress.
  • How education needs to change.
  • The similarities and differences between Race Against the Machine and Tyler Cowen’s The Great Stagnation.
  • How people can race with machines instead of against them.

If you’re interested in these topics, the downloadable podcast is available here. And if you’d like to further the discussion, leave a comment or question on this post.