Skip to Content

On Strike! How will AI impact the economy, culture, and the future of creativity?

July 28, 2023

Season 1, Episode 5



We often speak about the AI revolution as though it were something that might happen in the far future. But, what about today, when AI is modifying our culture, society, and the economy as we speak? In this episode, we consider how AI is currently creating massive shifts, and the potential benefits and challenges we face right now.

Is AI revitalizing the economy, or is it on track to displace countless workers? Will AI render filmmakers and writers obsolete, or are we at the beginning of a modern-day cultural renaissance? And is AI being used to help preserve Indigenous cultures, or is it a tool to harvest their data for corporate gain?

To address these questions, host Raffi Krikorian speaks with Erik Brynjolfsson, Director of the Digital Economy Lab; Justine Bateman, actor, director, writer and producer; Ari Melenciano, artist and creative technologist; and Keolu Fox, assistant professor at the University of California, San Diego and co-founder and co-director of the Indigenous Futures Institute. Together, they chart a path to help us navigate AI in the current moment.

Technically Optimistic

Where we break down transformational technology and ask how it can be developed and deployed with society’s best interests at heart.

All Episodes

All episodes

    • 64 min

      The India episode — tech and data in the Global South

      Season 2, Episode 7

    • Technically Optimistic with abstract visuals63 min

      Who’s watching the kids?

      Season 2, Episode 6

    • 61 min

      Policed by our data

      Season 2, Episode 5

    • 56 min

      Digital surveillance and reproductive rights

      Season 2, Episode 4

    • Technically Optimistic 61 min

      Your data, your vote

      Season 2, Episode 3

    • 60 min

      How to save social media

      Season 2, Episode 2

    • 51 min

      How your behavior became the world’s biggest resource

      Season 2, Episode 1

    • Raff from the back, sitting at a computer wearing a headset4 min

      Season Two is all about your data

      Season 2, Episode 0

    • 65 min

      AI and Accountability: Who is responsible for managing AI?

      Season 1, Episode 6

    • Education and AI: What does AI have to teach us?57 min

      Education and AI: What does AI have to teach us?

      Season 1, Episode 4

    • 58 min

      Part 2 - Rules of the Road: What might regulating AI look like?

      Season 1, Episode 3

    • 44 min

      Part 1: Rules of the Road: Who has the power to regulate AI?

      Season 1, Episode 2

    • 45 min

      AI is at a crossroads. How did we get here?

      Season 1, Episode 1