Dose of Awesome #3
The choicest morsels from my digital explorations. In this Dose: Bears Ears, Maria Popova On Being, and an unusual case for a basic (citizens) income in the face of the next tech revolution.
DEFINED BY THE LINE
This is a lovely little film about a man’s journey from climber to conservationist, from high paid corporate slave to life driven by passion and belief in something bigger and more important. It shows us how important it is to get people to fall in love with the places we want to protect, and the difference we can all make as individuals, if only we have the courage to start walking our talk.
The film bio reads:
“Josh Ewing began visiting the Bears Ears region of southeastern Utah to climb at Indian Creek and explore the local archaeology. But when he moved to the town of Bluff, he saw degradation from oil drilling, looting, and careless visitors. Ewing knew simply loving a place was no longer enough.”
You can find out more about the project at the Bears Ears Coalition website.
ON BEING & THE CARTOGRAPHER OF MEANING IN A DIGITAL AGE
If you haven’t yet discovered Brain Pickings, you need to go there now. Normally I would be trying to keep you reading my stuff, but you should click this link, close this window, take the day off, and just read. Seriously. Go.
For the rest of you, I’d like to share this interview with the creator or Brain Pickings, Maria Popova. It’s on a podcast called On Being which I’ve only just started listening to (so this is a a double dose, if you like). Whether or not you enjoy On Being without Maria isn’t really important. In this podcast she comes across as thoughtful, intelligent, and gracious. It’s a lovely interview, and is another powerful reminder that one of the best ways to grow our minds and our souls is by reading the great works of others, historical and contemporary.
BASIC INCOME & THE LOOMING IMPACT OF SELF-DRIVING VEHICLES
You probably haven’t given this much thought. I certainly hadn’t. But when you stop to think about it the incredible changes to our society that are going to be unleashed once self-driving vehicles begin to take over our roads hit you in the face pretty hard.
And they will take over our roads. Why wouldn’t they? The technology is already proven and all we’re really waiting for is for laws to be passed.
Take all of these estimates together, and we’re looking at a window of massive disruption starting somewhere between 2020 and 2030.
There are plenty of reasons to celebrate this development. Human driving is inefficient both in terms of energy consumption and our own time, so an advancement that could free up a lot of our time and reduce emissions is a good thing.
But think about the jobs. Just imagine the layoffs that this is going to cause. We’re not just talking about drivers. As this article does a good job of arguing, entire industries and some of the biggest companies could go under as a result.
I’m not into scare stories. I share this because it’s both interesting and practical to try to identify potentially seismic shifts in our society and economy such as these. The author of this article is using the inevitable impact of this disruption to argue for a basic income (one reason I love the Greens!). Isn’t it about time we started reclaiming the idea that technology should be setting us free from labour, allowing us to work less and be affluent instead of being job less and broke.
You can (and should) read this article in full here:
That’s all for this Dose of Awesome. More next time!
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