Technology & the Future of Work

100% Remote

In this program, you'll explore the social and ethical implications of artificial intelligence and automation. You'll learn about exponential technologies and trends, analyze how we view work as a society, and discuss possible solutions to mass unemployment and automation.

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Starts fall 2021

4 weeks long

Grades 9 - 12

Need help with the program fee? Contact us for a needs-based scholarship.

Program Breakdown

Weekly topics and terms you'll know by the end of the program

Week 1: Exponential trends

To understand the social implications of technological progress, you’ll explore the accelerating rate of change in our society. What does it mean to live in a world defined by exponential growth?

Exponential Growth
Fermi Paradox
Law of Accelerating Returns

Week 2: The implications of artificial intelligence

Learn about the latest developments in the field of artificial intelligence and understand how to recognize AI in your daily encounters. Ask yourself: how do algorithms influence my decision-making?

Machine Learning v. Rule-Based Systems
Narrow AI v. General AI

Week 3: The future of work

Many experts believe we will soon face job displacement and mass unemployment due to automation. What happens if humans are no longer obligated to work? Can policies like universal basic income help society and the economy adapt?

Productivity & Great Decoupling
4th Industrial Revolution

Week 4: Exponential technologies & educating for the future

Technologies like augmented reality, autonomous vehicles, and blockchain will soon reshape our lives in profound ways. What the jobs of the future will look like? What should you be learning about today?

Mixed Reality (MR)
CRISPR Gene Editing
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Meet your program creator

Josh Shapiro, edgi co-founder and NYU professor

Josh teaches several courses on creativity, technology, and the future of work at New York University.  Josh previously worked on the digital staff for Andrew Yang's presidential campaign.


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What's the time commitment?
You'll meet with your squad for hour-long discussions 2x/wk - prep work takes less than an hour each week. Social events are optional (but lots of fun).
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Is this program for me?
Maybe! If you're a high school student in grade 9-12, then yes - this program is for you. If you have any questions, reach out to our program manager Dohee.
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Can I get academic credit?
Sure, it's possible! Talk to your guidance counselor to see if an edgi program could count towards your graduation requirements. We've seen students get independent study and elective credits.
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Who leads the live discussion sessions?
Except for pilot programs (which are creator-led), edgi discussion sessions are led by students. Once you've taken an edgi program you may be invited to participate in our discussion leader training program, where you'll learn content on a deeper level and practice facilitating discussions. Select students from our training program are then chosen to become paid discussion leaders.
Still have questions? Email our awesome program manager Dohee