February 13, 2017
Dr. Ayorkor Korsah, Head of Computer Science at Ashesi, joined a panel of experts on Newshour Extra, a radio program on the British Broadcasting Corporation World Service, to discuss the impact of automation on our livelihoods.
Sharing perspectives on automation in the developing world, Dr. Korsah touched on the need to evaluate the role of technology in the kind of societies we aspire to.
“It’s really important to think about the kind of society we want to live in,” she explained. “Because what we are going to see as humanity continues to develop is that you can’t stop technology. What’s going to be important is how we organize society such that benefits of technology benefit humanity as a whole. Given the increase in productivity that technology enables, it should be possible for people to do more interesting things that focus more on the strengths we as humans bring to the puzzle.”
Moderated by BBC’s Owen Bennet Jones, other panelists included Peter Frase -Author of “Four Futures” and editor at Jacobin magazine, Daniel Susskind – Fellow in Economics at Balliol College, Oxford – and the co-author with his father of ‘The Future of the Professions’, a Financial Times book of the year, Rory Cellan Jones, BBC Technology Correspondent, Angus Knowles-Cutler – London Senior Partner at the accountancy firm Deloitte and Paul Josephson – Professor of History at Colby College, in Maine
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