Episode Notes: Of Monks and Machines

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Blake here: this podcast was stupid fun to produce. I’d never taken anything like this on before, and I’m so glad that I decided to go all in. If you enjoyed Of Monks and Machines, I promise you’ll enjoy everything that my SOTP peers have made, and in the meantime stay tuned for wherever I find myself next semester.

References

Prologue: The Kalahari

Nicole M. Waguespack: The Organization of Male and Female Labor in Foraging Societies: Implications for Early Paleoindian Archaeology
https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/8e50/02b23a25d1a97054f8bf9b8b852d2151a093.pdf

Marshall Sahlins: The Original Affluent Society
http://home.iitk.ac.in/~amman/soc474/Resources/sahlins_original_affluent.html

Mikako Toda: Disability and Charity among Hunter gatherers and Farmers in Cameroon
https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/1754/a7ee79c90c97380e4c20da93411eeaae8a4c.pdf

Chapter 1: The Luddite Fallacy

The Finer Times: Work in the Middle Ages
https://www.thefinertimes.com/Middle-Ages/work-in-the-middle-ages.html

Victoria Corwin, Dartmouth Ancient Books Lab: Medieval Book Production and Monastic Life:
https://sites.dartmouth.edu/ancientbooks/2016/05/24/medieval-book-production-and-monastic-life/

The Getty Museum: Scriptorium Exhibit:
https://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/scriptorium/

Johannes Trithemius: In Praise of Scribes:
https://misc.yarinareth.net/trithemius.html

William J. Bernstein: Masters of the Word: How Media Shaped History (Chapter 5, “Punch and Counterpunch”):
https://books.google.com/books?id=SMrMSc0v2U0C

The University of Houston: Religion and Print:
http://www.graphics.tech.uh.edu/courses/3350/materials/religion_and_print.html

Jeremy M. Norman: From Gutenberg to the Internet (Introduction/Chapter 1):
https://books.google.com/books?id=emmitTbOoFgC

The Conversation: What the Industrial Revolution Really Tells Us About the Future of Automation and Work;
https://theconversation.com/what-the-industrial-revolution-really-tells-us-about-the-future-of-automation-and-work-82051

History.com: The Industrial Revolution:
https://www.history.com/topics/industrial-revolution/industrial-revolution#section_2

HistoryExtra.com: The Industrial Revolution: an age of opportunity
https://www.historyextra.com/period/industrial-revolution/the-industrial-revolution-an-age-of-opportunity/

Evan Andrews, History.com: Who Were the Luddites?:
https://www.history.com/news/who-were-the-luddites

Vivian Jiang, BusinessInsider: 16 Weird Jobs That No Longer Exist:
https://www.businessinsider.com/weird-jobs-that-no-longer-exist-2014-9#leech-collector-4

Chapter 2: The New Frontier

Vox: 40 Maps that Explain Food in America (stats from USDA, but fantastic visualizations):
https://www.vox.com/a/explain-food-america

MarketWatch.com, Nine out of 10 new jobs are going to those with a college degree
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/nine-out-of-10-new-jobs-are-going-to-those-with-a-college-degree-2018-06-04

Anthony P. Carnevale, Nicole Smith, Jeff Strohl, Georgetown University, Recovery: Job Growth and Education Requirements Through 2020:
https://cew.georgetown.edu/cew-reports/recovery-job-growth-and-education-requirements-through-2020/

Childtrends.org, Key Trends in Youth Employment:
https://www.childtrends.org/indicators/youth-employment

The Russell Sage Foundation: Educational Attainment and Achievement (Chartbook):
https://www.russellsage.org/research/chartbook/percentage-u-s-population-age-25-to-64-high-school-diploma-and-bachelors-degree-b

Mastersdegree.net, Statistics Portal: % Of Americans with College Degrees:
https://www.mastersdegree.net/percentage-americans-college-degrees-increased/

The University of Virginia, StatChatVA.org: Occupation Change, 1920-2010:
http://statchatva.org/2012/04/06/occupation-change-1920-2010/

David J. Deming, Kadeem Noray, Harvard University: STEM Careers and Technological Change:
https://scholar.harvard.edu/files/ddeming/files/demingnoray_stem_sept2018.pdf

CNN Business: I spent 53 minutes in Amazon Go and saw the future of retail:
https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/03/tech/amazon-go/index.html

CBC: Is Amazon Go the future of grocery shopping?:
https://www.cbc.ca/news/thenational/is-amazon-go-the-future-of-grocery-shopping-1.4499466

McKinsey Digital: Where machines could replace humans — and where they can’t (yet):
https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/mckinsey-digital/our-insights/where-machines-could-replace-humans-and-where-they-cant-yet

The Washington Post: At this fast-food drive-through, the person taking your order might not be a person at all
https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/02/22/this-fast-food-drive-through-person-taking-your-order-might-not-be-person-all/

Hollywood Reporter: Netflix Online Streams to Surpass DVD Rentals (published 2010):
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/netflix-online-streams-surpass-dvd-31692

The New Yorker: The Bullshit Job Boom (Based on the book “Bullshit Jobs” by David Graeber):
https://www.newyorker.com/books/under-review/the-bullshit-job-boom

Valyant AI: https://valyant.ai/#/

Chapter 3: Second Place

Carl Benedikt Frey, Michael A. Osborne, Oxford University: The Future of Employment: How Susceptible are Jobs to Computerisation?
https://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/downloads/academic/The_Future_of_Employment.pdf

Michael Gibbs, The University of Chicago, IZA: How is new technology changing job design?:
https://wol.iza.org/uploads/articles/344/pdfs/how-is-new-technology-changing-job-design.pdf

Econsultancy: Robots or Humans: Which provide a better customer experience?https://econsultancy.com/robots-or-humans-which-provide-a-better-customer-experience/

HBR: When customers want to see the human behind the product:
https://econsultancy.com/robots-or-humans-which-provide-a-better-customer-experience/

Derek Thompson, The Atlantic: A World Without Work (also relevant to the Prologue):
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/07/world-without-work/395294/

Media

Intro: “Walking Along” by Kevin MacLeod @ https://incompetech.com/
Prologue Background: “Sincerely” by Kevin Macleod
First transition: “Infinite Perspective” by Kevin Macleod
Second transition: “Beauty Flow” by Kevin Macleod 
Third transition: “Wisps of Whorls” by Kevin Macleod

The remaining tracks were composed by AI at https://ecrettmusic.com/

Royalty free sound effects from https://freesound.org/


Thank you to Yunyun Wang for the support, Keenan Ashbrook for the hilarious voiceovers, and Krithik Ranjan for answering my dumb questions.

See you all next season.