Episode 34

Dr. Julie Albright — The Digital Revolution and How It’s Reshaping The American Dream Part 2


February 25th, 2021

28 mins 39 secs

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About this Episode

Dr. Julie Albright is a Sociologist specializing in digital culture and communications. Dr. Julie is currently a Lecturer in the departments of Applied Psychology and Engineering at USC, where she teaches Master’s-level courses on the Psychology of Interactive Technologies and Sustainable Infrastructure. Dr. Julie is also the author of Left to Their Own Devices, which discusses how the digital transformation is impacting our economy. Dr. Julie returns in this second episode to finish her discussion on AI and ethics, upskilling workers, and more.

Key Takeaways
If we want to reimagine the city, we have to reconnect with green spaces, the arts, and more.
There are two camps when it comes to AI: How do we replace people? vs. How do we elevate and leverage these tools?
There’s a lack of boundaries that’s happening right now.
What is our ethical responsibility to upskill workers?
You can’t throw money at the problem.
You need to have purpose. Dr. Julie has seen rich kids who have everything be completely bored out of their minds with nothing to do.
Are the high depression and anxiety rates related to the lack of purpose and connection our society has?
Anna believes our youth under 30 have such a sense of hopelessness because nothing they’re doing is moving the needle.
How would a new society look like if we were to begin to redesign it?
Where are the new jobs headed? And how do we connect the dots for the people who are in job despair?
Trip’s biggest frustration as a teacher was that we weren’t rethinking how we’re teaching.
A huge portion of Millennials wants to be bloggers and YouTube and only about 3% is successfully making it.
You’ll know when Larry’s made it because he’ll throw his phone into the ocean and never be on social media again.
Dr. Julie is also in the process of writing a new book!

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Left to Their Own Devices: How Digital Natives Are Reshaping the American Dream, by Julie M. Albright