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Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates: Will Automation Crash Democracy?


Airs Sunday, July 15, 2018, at 6 p.m. Around the world, technology is disrupting the workforce, with automation poised to displace humans in the fields of medicine, agriculture, and beyond. Will the rise of robots fuel a new wave of “us versus them” populism capable of undermining democracy? Some argue that as people lose jobs to artificial intelligence, the gap between the rich and poor widens, and distrust in government and democratic institutions grows. But others argue that humans have adapted to and benefited from new innovations for centuries. The debaters are Ian Bremmer, Andrew Keen, Yascha Mounk, and Alina Polyakova.