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In this smart, casual conversation, futurist Tim O’Reilly and his interviewer, New York Times editor Charles Duhigg, sip wine and map the future. An involved audience keeps the discussion lively as O’Reilly describes a bright tomorrow given the right economic, business and educational reforms. Despite a moment of strong language, getAbstract suggests this talk to business leaders, investors, educators, economists and anyone who fears the rise of robots.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why society must rewrite the popular narrative about automation;
  • How business models and value statements factor into the future economy; and
  • Why educational, business and economic reforms are critical to future prosperity.

About the Speaker

Futurist Tim O’Reilly is founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, publisher of thousands of tech titles.



Americans fixate on job loss as the outcome of new technology. Society must broaden the narrative to acknowledge that tech allows companies “to do more,” which is why they succeed. Thus, society should be asking what technology will make possible. Already, artificial intelligence has permeated all industries...

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