Our increasingly smart machines aren’t just changing the workforce; they’re changing us. Already, algorithms are directing human activity in all sorts of ways, from choosing what news people see to highlighting new gigs for workers in the gig economy. What will human life look like as machine learning overtakes more aspects of our society?
Alexis Madrigal, who covers technology for The Atlantic, shares what he’s learned from his reporting on the past, present, and future of automation with our Radio Atlantic co-hosts, Jeffrey Goldberg (editor in chief), Alex Wagner (contributing editor and CBS anchor), and Matt Thompson (executive editor).
- “A Security Robot Fell Into a Water Fountain at a D.C. Office Building. And the Internet Went Wild.” (Washington Post)
- @DeepDrumpf (Brad Hayes, MIT)
- “How Checkers Was Solved” (Alexis Madrigal)
- “Making the Machines That Replace Humans” (Alana Semuels)
- Conversations With Harold Hudson Channer: Barbara Garson
- “… And Then the Robots Arrived …” (Carmen Rojas)
- I, Robot (IMDB)
- “Put Your Husband in the Kitchen” (Helen Keller)
- “Edward Bellamy: A 19th-Century Visionary” (Andrew Wood, SJSU)
- “Steady-State Economics” (Herman Daly)
- @Bot-ston | The creations of Martin O’Leary (Martin O’Leary)
- “Ride the Fence” (The Coup)
- Recent Atlantic coverage of robots: a Twitter thread (Adrienne LaFrance)
- “The Machine Stops” (E.M. Forster)
- “Five-and-a-Half Utopias” (Steven Weinberg)
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