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Consequential


Consequential is a podcast that looks at the human side of technological change and develops meaningful plans of action for policymakers, technologists and everyday people to build the kind of future that reduces inequality, improves quality of life and considers humanity. In its third season, Consequential will examine how AI and machine learning will impact research practices and data collection, as well as the development and dissemination of knowledge. Topics will include combatting disinformation, the ethics of crowdsourced research, and representation in open source software development. Hosted by Lauren Prastien and Eugene Leventhal.

FEATURED EPISODE

Season 4, Episode 1 - Intro to Infrastructure

While infrastructure may have taken center stage in this year's policy discussions, the United States has been trying to figure out what to do about our infrastructure for a long time. This week's episode looks at the current state of our infrastructure, as well as past and future infrastructure reform, with guests Price V. Fishback, Jodi Sandfort, and Ramayya Krishnan.

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Season 4: Consequential Policymaking


There are major policy proposals bouncing around Washington these days, with historic spending bills being negotiated that center on some of the biggest challenges we face as a society. This season of Consequential will focus on the impact of proposed investments in critical areas including public transportation, energy infrastructure, and the care economy—as well as the role of technology in shaping our future and what we must learn from the past.

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Season 3: Knowledge Is Power


In Season 3 of Consequential, hosts Eugene and Lauren will be exploring knowledge production in the Information Age. This season will examine how AI and machine learning will impact research practices and data collection, as well as the development and dissemination of knowledge. Topics will include combatting disinformation, the ethics of crowdsourced research, and representation in open source software development.

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Season 2: COVID-19 Mini-Season


In light of recent developments related to COVID-19, we have decided to push back our second season to focus instead on what we can learn from the coronavirus in terms of technology and society. In our Consequential mini-season, we will cover the use of large-scale public health data, remote education, and the future of work.

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Season 1: This Is Consequential


Our future isn’t a coin flip. In an age of artificial intelligence and increasing automation, Consequential looks at our digital future and discusses what’s significant, what’s coming and what we can do about it. Over the course of our first season, hosts Lauren Prastien and Eugene Leventhal will unpack the narrative of technological change in conversation with leading technologists, ethicists, economists and everything in between.

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Episode Transcripts


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