When the Soviet Union’s Sputnik satellite entered the earth’s orbit in 1957, a race of historic urgency began. Would America lose the space race to its archrival? Our national response was decisive and strategic. It centered on the creation of NASA, which has guided decades of scientific discovery, not to mention multiple moon landings.
We find ourselves at a moment of equal urgency today, even if we haven’t had a galvanizing Sputnik moment. Today’s challenge is artificial intelligence, which will disrupt society unlike any innovation since electricity. How do we prepare our citizens for this new world? This article recommends several areas for policymaker attention, including education and learning, support for gig economy workers and ideas for paying for these programs.
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