Curious Minds: Innovation in Life and Work
About This Show
Learn from inspiring innovators who are rethinking life and work in a changing world. Each week, Gayle Allen discovers how these entrepreneurs, writers, scientists and inventors, achieve their most fascinating and inspiring breakthroughs. Have fun taking a peek into their Curious Minds!
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CM 085: Philip Auerswald on the Human Side of Code
4 days ago
Could our code be making us more human?
When most of us hear the word code, we think of computer code — the digital instructions that drive our devices. But when Philip Auerswald hears the word code, he sees the instructions that drive the human race.
Phil is the author of the book, The Code Economy: A Forty-thousand Year History. He is an Associate Professor at the School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, a Senior Fellow at the Kauffman Foundation, and Executive Director of the Global Entrepreneurship Research Network. He is also the co-founder of Innovations, a journal on entrepreneurial solutions to global challenges.
Phil believes that as machines and algorithms play ever bigger roles in our lives, we will actually become more human. This long view of automation–a 40,000-year view–also gives us insight into a different, more innovative perspective on how to think about the future of work.
In this interview we discuss:
A broader definition of code as the DNA of human society from the simple to the complex
The importance of getting beyond singularity vs dystopian views of humans vs machines
How humans will redefine their own value — as they have done repeatedly — as robots, machines and algorithms play a bigger role in our world
The fact our ability to learn — to experiment and share what we learn — is what sets us apart
How human beings are constantly exploring spaces of possibility
How evolving understanding, knowledge, and knowhow results from finding the adjacent possible
The fact that cities are actual platforms in that they stand on problems solved in literal ways — sewage and electric power and subway transport
How platforms of today are increasingly digital
The concepts of bifurcation and substitution where a product is split over time into cheap and high volume vs expensive and low volume, as in watches and clocks
How high vo