Talk Abstract: Having overcome the worst effects of the Great Recession unleashed in 2007-08, our democracies remain in a critical juncture. The context of analysis of this talk is the Western Hemisphere but the implications of the ongoing change of era affect the global order. Above any other consideration, robotization implies long-term structural changes with far reaching consequences for democracy. This fourth technological revolution (Industry 4.0) has strengthened the autonomy of corporations and has empowered technostructure. Automation and the extensive use of the internet are intensifying the progressive applications of artificial intelligence (AI) and are set to further encourage productive maximization. Eventually, these ongoing processes will make many existing jobs superfluous. Shall we live a democratic future as we have known it until now? Will it be different because of the technological changes under way? What repercussions will they have for human relations? This talk describes in detail the applications of robotization and AI. In particular the technical tools (Bayesian statistics, machine learning and quantum computing) that will rule our societies in the future decades. This talk is based on Dr. Jimenez’s recent book, “Robotized democracies: US and EU: neo-feudalism and citizenship income?”
Speaker Bio: Cosmologist and theoretical astrophysicist, Dr. Raul Jimenez is the ICREA Professor in Cosmology at the Institute of Cosmos Sciences (ICCUB) of the University of Barcelona, and Distinguished Visiting Professor of the Imperial College in London. A graduate of the Autonomous University of Madrid, he received his PhD at the Niels Bohr Institute of the University of Copenhagen. He has worked as a researcher at the Royal Observatory of the University of Edinburgh and a professor of physics and astronomy at Rutgers University and the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Jimenez's research is focused on the study of the origin and evolution of the universe. An expert in advanced statistical methods, he has contributed to the development of original techniques for cosmological data analyses. Jimenez recently selected as a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.