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In The Tank (ep141) – Driverless Cars, Automation, Artificial Intelligence, Transhumanism

May 25, 2018

Donny Kendal is joined by Heartland Research Director Edward Hudgins to present episode #141 of the In The Tank Podcast. Today’s podcast features work from Reason, Heritage Foundation, the Rand Corporation, and the Cato Institute.

Donny Kendal is joined by Heartland Research Director Edward Hudgins to present episode #141 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country. The show is available for download as part of the Heartland Daily Podcast every Friday. Today’s podcast features work from Reason, Heritage Foundation, the Rand Corporation, and the Cato Institute.

This entire episode is dedicated to the new technology and innovations that may have profound impacts on society. 

Donny and Ed start off talking about driverless cars and trucks. Referenced in the conversation is an article from Reason titled "Driverless Trucks Will Be Great for Consumers, Safety, and Truck Drivers." The article makes the case that technology will take over jobs the population in general has little interest in filling. 

Transitioning from that topic, Donny and Ed discuss automation in general and whether technological advances will leave major portions of the population unemployed. With the help of a study by the Heritage Foundation titled "Automation and Technology Increase Living Standards," Ed explains this dire image of the future is not likely to occur. 

Donny and Ed then talk about Artificial Intelligence. An article from the Rand Corporation titled "How Artifical Intelligence Could Increase the Risk of Nuclear War," paints a pretty bleak picture for society where AI is left unchecked by a human factor.

In the last segment, Donny and Ed discuss the future of mankind. In a recent issue of Cato Unbound titled "Rights in a Post-Human World," experts explore several concepts ranging from true AI to transhumanism. 

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Donny Kendal is a graphic designer for The Heartland Institute.
dkendal@heartland.org @InTheTankPod
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Edward Hudgins is the research director for The Heartland Institute.
ehudgins@heartland.org @DrEdwardHudgins