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Author Curt White's Playful Takedown Of Technocracy

Curt White

Social critic Curt White has a new argument...and a new book. The retired ISU scholar talks with GLT's Charlie Schlenker about "We Robots: Staying Human In The Age Of Big Data." White usually falls into a topic because he has a strong reaction to someone else's work. This is no exception. In this case, he he rebuts Libertarian Economist Tyler Cowen's "Average Is Over: Powering America out of the Great Stagnation." Cowen articulates a future in which anyone who wants a well paying job will have to work with intelligent machines. There will be a middle class called the entourage economy whose role is to make  the elite feel better about themselves....everyone from personal trainers to academics. and then at the bottom White says Cowen believes there will be those who are unnecessary.

Hear White read a portion of his work.


WGLT Senior Reporter Charlie Schlenker has spent more than three award-winning decades in radio. He lives in Normal with his family.