Artificial Intelligence promises to rid us of the mundane and repetitive, otherwise meaningless work. But what comes in its place? And who takes the fall as we make the collective shift into a new paradigm? This week we focus on the future of work, as well as the meaning of work from the perspective of recent or soon to be master’s graduates of political science. Keeping our backgrounds in mind, not only do we talk about career ambitions, but of the possible implications of mass retraining, and the mass realignment of career goals under the pending influence of artificial intelligence. We talk about the sorts of careers that experts say we should be focusing on and what that means for people like you and me.
I’m excited about this week’s show because of all the wonderful people that were able to come together in person! It’s a rare treat to have several guests meet under the same roof when recording and fun to watch ideas and perspectives intermingle.
I was lucky enough to have had the privilege to work with today’s guests among the trenches of academia over the past year or so. From left to right, they are:
Raven Mann is finishing her Master’s in political science with an interest in human rights work and policy analysis. Her career aspirations lie within the field of international security.
Josh Bowman is also completing his Master’s in political science with an interest in food security, governance, and international law. He wishes to pursue a career in higher education and research.
Connor Lalonde is currently doing an internship as part of his Master’s in political science and is interested in the field of Risk Management.
Lauren Robinet is a recent graduate of the Master’s program in political science. Her thesis was on city branding. As a current employee of the City of Windsor, Lauren looks forward to a long career in municipal government administration.
About Kai-Fu Lee
Throughout our conversation in this episode, we refer to the work and commentary of Kai-Fu Lee, an expert in artificial intelligence and former head of Google China. In 2018 he published a book titled, AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order. As one of the pioneers of his field, Kai-Fu Lee offers an interesting perspective of how he views the United States as early AI developers, but China as the principal controllers and implementers of a force sure to change the world.
Music from the amazing, Noah Kahan!
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