New Things Under the Sun

When Technology Goes Bad

May 16, 2023 Matt Clancy Season 1 Episode 45
New Things Under the Sun
When Technology Goes Bad
Show Notes

Innovation has, historically, been pretty good for humanity. But technology is just a tool, and tools can be used for good or evil purposes. So far, technology has skewed towards “good” rather than evil but there are some reasons to worry things may differ in the future.

What does science and technology policy look like in a world where we can no longer assume that more innovation generally leads to more human flourishing? It’s hard to say too much about such an abstract question, but a number of economic growth models have grappled with this idea.

This podcast is an audio read through of the (initial version of the) article "When technology goes bad", originally published on New Things Under the Sun.

Articles Mentioned:
Jones, Charles. 2016. Life and Growth. Journal of Political Economy, 124 (2): 539 - 578.

Jones, Charles. 2023. The A.I. Dilemma: Growth versus Existential Risk. Working paper.

Singla, Shikhar. 2023. Regulatory Costs and Market Power. LawFin WP 47.

Aschenbrenner, Leopold. 2020. Existential risk and growth. Global Priorities Institute Working Paper 6-2020. Link.

Acemoglu, Daron, Philippe Aghion, Leonardo Bursztyn, and David Hemous. 2012. The Environment and Directed Technical Change. American Economic Review 102 (1): 131-66.