In a few short months, you will be able to order pizza, order a taxi, order gas, buy your first computer, watch the Super Bowl and become the first person in history to do one of these things.
But you will also be the last person to do them.
That is because the robots are coming, and they will take jobs away from the people that will need them most.
The question is, how will we deal with this economic calamity?
As we learned in the past few years, a number of economists are trying to figure out how to make the world a better place.
This week, one of the best of the bunch is Adam Smith, a former Harvard economist who is now the chief economic adviser to President Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers.
In an interview with me, he gave me some of his insights about the coming robot revolution and the way we should think about how to deal with it.
What you’re about to read is part of a longer conversation that we will be having at the University of Michigan this week.
We have a lot to talk about.
The good Adam, thanks for joining me.
Adam, I wanted to start off by asking you what it was like to run your own startup in the early days of Silicon Valley.
You were very young.
What did you expect when you started your company?
It’s always difficult to find someone who had experience in a particular industry who is the best in that field.
I had no idea what I was doing, and the people I met, especially my colleagues, were very different from what I expected.
It was just very hard to find the right combination of experience, and then to learn a lot about it.
And I was really lucky because I had a lot of great mentors and people in my organization who were very knowledgeable about this field.
And so I was able to do a lot.
And one of them was Mark Zuckerberg.
And he was the founder of Facebook.
Mark was a very visionary, very entrepreneurial guy.
He was a computer scientist, and he was also a very brilliant guy.
And, you know, he said, You are what you do.
You’re the brains of your company.
And that’s what he really meant when he said you are what your company is.
And as you know Mark Zuckerberg was very, very important in my life.
He’s the father of our company, and one of his great things is that he helped me understand what I could do to be successful.
He said, What if I just had a vision?
What if you had a plan?
What would happen if I had that vision?
So I was very lucky to have a very strong vision and to be able, you’re going to see, it’s all about the vision.
So I had to figure it out, and that’s how we became the first social network.
So what is it that you want to accomplish?
We’re not just looking for the next Facebook.
We’re looking at the next social network that’s going to solve problems in a way that’s really important for our society.
What I really want to do is create a world where we have more equality of opportunity, so that everyone is in a position to have the opportunity to be a leader.
So if you’re interested in a new business idea, how can we help you start your next one?
You can contact me at [email protected]
You know, this was the kind of question that I get a lot in interviews.
How do you think the world is going to be different in 20 years?
Well, it could be worse.
We might see some really extreme, catastrophic things.
And we have to deal now with an economic system that is fundamentally broken.
But I think it’s clear that we are moving toward a new, more optimistic world.
I think we have an opportunity to do great things for our planet, for our kids and for our families, and I think the challenge is not to try to solve the world’s problems, it is to solve them for the future.
I really hope that the technology we create over the next decade or so will create a new era in which we have the kind in which everybody can live a good life, a better life, the kind that is really going to give us a chance to solve these problems.
And there’s going, you see, we’re really going in that direction.
The great Adam, thank you so much.
This is the Pardon My Take podcast.
This was originally published on March 17, 2017, and is republished with permission from the Center for American Progress.