Andrew Keen

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.

Airs Sunday, July 26, at 6 p.m. As technology rapidly progresses, some proponents of artificial intelligence believe that it will help solve complex social challenges and offer immortality via virtual humans. But AI’s critics say that we should proceed with caution. That its rewards may be overpromised, and that the pursuit of superintelligence and autonomous machines may result in unintended consequences. Is this the stuff of science fiction? Should we fear AI, or will these fears prevent the next technological revolution?

Airs Sunday, July 19, at 6 p.m. Smart technology grants us unprecedented, immediate access to knowledge and to each other -- a ubiquitous and seamless presence in everyday life. But is there a downside to all of this connectivity? It’s been said that smart technology creates dependency on devices, narrows our world to echo chambers, and impairs cognitive skills through shortcuts and distraction. Are these concerns an overstatement of the negative effects of high-tech consumption? The debaters are Nicholas Carr, Genevieve Bell, Andrew Keen, and David Weinberger.