For Today

How to Stop Robots from Stealing Jobs
 
In China, businesses are now making up for the scarcity of workers by designing and installing robots—and according to Martin Ford, a leading expert on the "Robot Revolution," artificial intelligence is coming for us too. 

If you didn't think a robot could ever replace a living, breathing person in the workplace, the development of features like emotional-processing software will probably make you think again. Ford identifies the most at-risk jobs, explains how robot workers could impact the economy on a massive scale, and outlines basic changes to education, health care, and societal infrastructure that could stop the impending robot takeover.

How to Stop Robots from Stealing Jobs
, Thu, May 21, 7:30pm, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5

For Friday

Meaningful Movies Presents: 'Kent State: The Day War Came Home'

Thirteen seconds, 67 bullets, 9 wounded, 4 dead: The Kent State shooting of 1970 has its 45th anniversary this year, and Kent State; The Day War Came Home compiles the archived footage, photos, and testimonies that recount the events that led up to the tragedy. Obviously relevant to modern concerns about the right to protest and the methods police use to control protesters, the film revisits campuswide opposition to the United States’ involvement in Southeast Asia.


Meaningful Movies Presents: 'Kent State: The Day War Came Home', Fri, May 22, 7pm, Meaningful Movies Wallingford, 5019 Keystone Pl N, Donation-based admission 

Advance Notice for May 28

Human Error, Redefining Behavioral Economics
 
Economist Richard Thaler is here to dispel some myths about the field of economics—as well as challenge some of its assumptions about human behavior. He's got some ideas about the link between psychology and the forces behind economic decision making, which he explored in his latest work, Misbehaving

You'd think the idea that humans are far from rational decision makers is pretty straightforward, but Thaler will highlight the nuances: how this plays out in everything from hitching an Uber ride to the inner workings of the NFL draft. Sounds a lot more interesting than the run-of-the-mill college-freshman microeconomics class. 

Human Error, Redefining Behavioral Economics, Thu, May 28, 7:30pm, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5


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