Hope everyone has listened to /processed the lecture. I end the lecture with some new hypotheses/questions.
1. First, your overall reaction to the lecture – – most especially to the two curves and what you read from it.
2. History, it seems, is an unreliable analytical companion in the current moment. Given 50 years of low wage growth in spite of dramatic gains in productivity and more recent trends of slowing job growth is it possible that we are in the midst of a very different regime of automation than the ones we have known before.
3. Given such dramatic rise in productivity and the absolute stagnation of wages for half a century should we consider a productivity dividend – – say a Future Of Work Fund — that can be used for meeting basic human necessities, education and training and accelerated responses to the ecological crisis etc.?