How To Use Tech To Employ the Homeless

In this episode of “Its All Recruiting,” I have a great chat with Cody Merrill of SocialWyze. We discuss how to put the homeless to work and how Universal Basic Income could subsidize workers displaced by automation and other technological advances.

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Cody is the founder of Socialwyze, a gig economy mobile platform that allows governments to pay homeless and other unemployed individuals to perform public benefit work. For each dollar contributed to wages, governments are able to 1) provide income to people who need it, 2) execute public benefit work initiatives on an industrial scale, 3) feed a digital sales funnel to social services, and 4) empower individuals to obtain private employment as quickly as possible. Before founding Socialwyze, Cody spent most of his career in medical software. He studied finance and economics at SMU and the London School of Economics. He is extremely passionate about extending the benefits of technology to all members of society. In an age where Bain and McKinsey are projecting 20-33% job displacement from automation by 2030, he is particularly focused on helping to scale a solution to systematically repurpose human capital into meaningful, socially impactful work.

Alexa, Witness for the Defense

Alexa has been a silent and virtual witness to several cases of crimes being committed at home. As a result, police have been calling on Amazon for the audio recordings in hopes of finding irrefutable evidence against suspects. The trend has me wondering, today it is Alexa, but tomorrow…  What other electronic device could be called to testify (so to speak) in the future? I consider the possibilities on this episode of The Jim Stroud Podcast.

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Would you take a pill to erase your worst memory?

Did you know that scientists are close to inventing a pill that can erase your worst memories? It is intended to assist people suffering from PTSD and/or those struggling to get past the memory of a horrific event. Some people see the positive repercussions of using such technology but, I’m very skeptical. What good can come memory manipulation technology? I debate the issue in this episode of “The Jim Stroud Podcast.”

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So, robots are programming humans now?

Prasad Akella, CEO of the company Drishti – a developer of video-based human-employee tracking software that records the seconds it takes for workers to complete each step of their job. He said this, “The most programmable machine on the planet today is still the human.” Wow! Most people are concerned about robots taking their jobs away but maybe, just maybe, they should be monitoring how artificial intelligence is gradually programming people. In case you were unaware of this growing trend, tune in for a very illuminating episode.

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Are Social Networking Sites Good for our Children?

A recent article from Scientific American caught my eye, the headline was this – “Social Media Has Not Destroyed A Generation” and immediately, I felt a surge of skepticism. I’ll share some quotes from the article and my opinion in this episode of The Jim Stroud Podcast.

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