Marcus

  • Yes! Also, the byproduct of that research in the form of industry advancement. Health, defense, tech, etc.

  • Ryan Craig’s new book, , A New U: Faster + Cheaper Alternatives to College is a fascinating read. The only area that I wish was delved into deeper would have been the democratic ideals of an educated citizenry. Th […]

    • Should be an interesting discussion today!
      One of my questions for Ryan has to do with protecting the important research function of universities. To date, research has dominated the higher education agenda, crowding out teaching and learning. Ryan’s approach restores the priority to teaching and learning. Terrific!
      But what happens to high end research, to preparing students for PhDs and MD degrees, for instance?

      • Yes! Also, the byproduct of that research in the form of industry advancement. Health, defense, tech, etc.

      • Aside to this: how is it that we can prepare students for research positions outside of the academy without alienating the institutions themselves thereby shorting academia in the foot by having served its job so well that it can’t self recruit. Are we already there?

  • Tyson, this is very interesting. I often think that government is grossly inefficient because there is little data assessment, is slow to make change and still implements outdated tech. This certainly sound like a set in the right direction. Have we even seen an efficient, smart and productive public sector government before? What might that look…[Read more]

  • Political rhetoric like small federal government (nationalism) vs. welfare (socialism) would all come into play here. It would be interesting to see if any “think tanks” or privately funded institutes have begun to do any research here. I find that these are commonly a place where a lot of private money seeking to steer public interest takes…[Read more]

  • Marcus commented on the post, Uncertain Future, on the site Mind The Gap 1 month, 1 week ago

    This article provoked a lot in me. I wonder how the idea of safety nets will fit in nationally, I think back Andy Stern’s answer a few weeks ago; give it to everyone. I wonder if those who do not need a safety net would be given an option to deny it? I wonder if socially, it would be able poor taste for a millionaire, billionaire to accept a UBI?…[Read more]

  • Marcus commented on the post, The AV Problem?, on the site Mind The Gap 1 month, 1 week ago

    I think about the reliance of the current environmental state in the data available for use by the AI. Let’s say that the road is faded, the sign that has been there for 50 years has fallen from a recent storm? What if it is Halloween and the “old couple” are two teenagers? I would think that all of these missing data elements in the algorithmic…[Read more]

  • My project will examine streamlining applicability of  college credits towards a student’s program of study at CUNY, and make recommendations as to whether students are provided with clear paths towards their de […]

  • Very interesting, thanks for sharing. This made me think about the structure of tomorrow’s tech disruptions. We present in the same way as the lighting rounds, correct?

  • Marcus commented on the post, Life is NOT a Journey, on the site Mind The Gap 2 months, 1 week ago

    I think it will have to be through neoliberal governmental regimes. I mean a free market economy is what is driving technological evolution in the first place. However, I think if UBI every becomes a reality, we need to rethink the concepts of what can qualify as work and why under it’s current definition laziness is a concern. Also, what will…[Read more]

  • Marcus commented on the post, Life is NOT a Journey, on the site Mind The Gap 2 months, 1 week ago

    YES! I think that additional subjects is a must…perhaps entrepreneurship, sustainability, time management, computer science, money management/investment, survival skills, negotiating skills, mental health and interpersonal skills to name a few.

  • Marcus commented on the post, Life is NOT a Journey, on the site Mind The Gap 2 months, 1 week ago

    I think life lead with each day lived to it’s full potential and not a means is a wonderful thing. Do we think that the future of work will lead us to this or will it a constant rat race to get a gig?

  • Alan Wilson Watts was a British philosopher and was famous for promoting the idea that life is not a journey (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBpaUICxEhk). Many systems in our lives such as work and education […]

    • Interesting post! I agree that we will have to be completely reconditioned about how to lead our lives in a world where fewer people are working regular jobs. It’s hard to imagine what that process will look like. But I like the idea of encouraging people to live full and vibrant lives on a day to day basis rather than thinking of each day as a means to an end.

      • I think life lead with each day lived to it’s full potential and not a means is a wonderful thing. Do we think that the future of work will lead us to this or will it a constant rat race to get a gig?

    • I found the last quote very convincing. I think the advancement in technology in recent years has allowed many of us to do and enjoy what we love – and even make a living out of it. With the future with robots/AI and a more flexible working style, I wonder how schools should build curriculums for younger generations. By this, I mean; Do schools need to add additional subjects besides social studies, languages, music, and science? If so, how do these subjects look like?

      • YES! I think that additional subjects is a must…perhaps entrepreneurship, sustainability, time management, computer science, money management/investment, survival skills, negotiating skills, mental health and interpersonal skills to name a few.

    • Something to take into account here is, what narrative do we create or adopt when we move through life in the gig economy? Do we govern ourselves based upon our own creative impulses? Or do we rather conduct ourselves according to neoliberal governmentality? Foucault described neoliberal governmentality as governing oneself according to market logic, which has pervaded all aspects of modern life. Many claim that the gig economy exists in large part because of neoliberalism, and the incentives therein to become an entrepreneur of the self. Do we end up sliding into a neoliberal governmentality in this context? If so, is that necessarily a bad thing? If not, how do we demarcate space for our own, personal narratives when attempting to engage with the gig economy?

      • I think it will have to be through neoliberal governmental regimes. I mean a free market economy is what is driving technological evolution in the first place. However, I think if UBI every becomes a reality, we need to rethink the concepts of what can qualify as work and why under it’s current definition laziness is a concern. Also, what will fill the void of purpose and identify that traditional job roles brought into people’s lives?

  • My mother was the first born of thirty-five grandchildren and much is expected of a first born in my family.  She was cooking at the age of seven and had to abandon her dreams of a college degree in order to help […]

    • Thanks for sharing your stories Marcus – as I read them I drew many parallels to experiences in my family. For example my father was recently laid off at age 60 and went through a similar experience trying to find work at an “advanced” age. My grandmother was also the oldest of 13 children and when her mother passed away at a young age she was tasked with caring for her younger siblings.

      I’m sure many others in our class have similar stories – I think the takeaway is that these kind of situations are so common and there is so much work (ha!) that needs to be done to remedy these situations. Not only in the future of work but also in the present.

  • As an administrator in a large public higher education institution, I think often about the future of work and education. I think about the students that we serve and the varied lives that they lead. I, myself, […]

    • Aha! A fellow traveler connecting the dots between future of work and future of education. I share your impatience with the slow pace of innovation in higher education. Some of these areas we should be sure to capture for our last few weeks of focus on higher ed. But the questions you raise on service jobs and how they relate to an aging population are important ones for our discussion on “what is work.”

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