The rise of new technologies is making the United States more economically unequal, says Professor Ramesh Srinivasan. Americans should be pushing the current presidential candidates hard for answers on how they will bring economic security and how they will ensure that technological transitions benefit all of us.
“We are at an inflection point when it comes to top-down control over very many different aspects of our lives through privatized corporate power over technology,” says Srinivasan. Now is the time to debate solutions like basic income and worker-owned cooperatives.
Concurrently, individuals should develop digital literacy and get educated on the potential solutions. Srinivasan recommends taking free online and open courses from universities like Stanford and MIT, and reading books and quality journalism on these issues.