Innovation + Equality: How to Create a Future that is More Star Trek than Terminator
Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street
Book launch: Innovation + Equality: How to Create a Future that is More Star Trek than Terminator by Joshua Gans and Andrew Leigh
Is economic inequality the price we pay for innovation? The amazing technological advances of the last two decades – in areas such as artificial intelligence, genetics and materials – have benefited society collectively and rewarded innovators handsomely: we get cool smartphones and technology moguls become billionaires. This contributes to a growing wealth gap; in the United States, the wealth controlled by the top 0.1 per cent of households equals that of the bottom 90 per cent. Is this the inevitable cost of an innovation-driven economy?
Joshua Gans and Andrew Leigh make the case that pursuing innovation does not mean giving up on equality – precisely the opposite. In this book, they outline ways that society can become both more entrepreneurial and more egalitarian.
The book will be launched by Andrew Leigh, Federal MP, former economics professor and author of "Randomistas" and "Battlers and Billionaires".