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Trailside Center, 4700 Dublin Ave. in Midland, Tuesday, July, 11, 11:45am-1:00pm

TED Talks offer knowledge and inspiration from the world’s foremost thinkers in video presentations online for free.  Join educator Tom Lowrey on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month during lunch to watch a TED talk (typically 10-20 minutes each) and participate in lively discussion about the ideas presented.  As always, we hold TED Talks to generate discussion and thought.  The views expressed by TED speakers do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Senior Services or its employees.  Please Register by Calling 633-3700.

The Economics of the Future
The future of money
What happens when the way we buy, sell and pay for things changes, perhaps even removing the need for banks or currency exchange bureaus?  We’re not there yet, but in this sparky talk, digital currency researcher Neha Narula describes the collective fiction of money—and paints a picture of a very different looking future.

The jobs we’ll lose to machines—and the ones we won’t
Machine learning isn’t just for simple tasks like assessing credit risk and sorting mail anymore.  Today, it’s capable of far more complex applications, like grading essays and diagnosing diseases. With these advances comes an uneasy question:  Will a robot do your job in the future?

Economic growth has stalled. Let’s fix it
Economic growth is the defining challenge of our time.  Without it, political and social instability rises, human progress stagnates and societies grow dimmer.  But, says economist Dambisa Moyo, dogmatic capitalism isn’t creating the growth we need.  Moyo surveys the current economic landscape and suggests that we have to start thinking about capitalism as a spectrum so we can blend the best of different models together to foster growth.