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106. Education Inflation, a New Aristocracy and Peak Employment and Equality | Bryan Alexander

Bryan Alexander futuristBryan Alexander (@bryanalexander) is a futurist, researcher, writer, speaker, consultant, and teacher with an unconventional background in English and Romantic-era literature working in the field of how technology transforms education and blogging at He’s worked with the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), a non-profit working to help small colleges and universities best integrate digital technologies. Bryan’s been featured in the Washington Post, MSNBC,  US News and World Report and is frequently called on as a speaker on the future of education. He’s also the author of Academia Next: The Futures of Higher Education, Gearing Up For Learning Beyond K-12 and The New Digital Storytelling.

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In today’s episode we discuss:

  • Bryan’s thoughts on the future and flaws of higher education
  • The big problem with GDP and measuring the economy to track prosperity
  • Why Bryan’s incredibly worried about climate change and inequality
  • Which bubble pops first: higher education or healthcare
  • The problem with too many kids going to college and the possibility of an apprentice model
  • Why we may have reached peak higher education in America
  • How we can better align incentives to create a fairer, more sustainable society going forward
  • What is the future of jobs, work, and continued education
  • Why teaching truck drivers to code isn’t feasible or effective
  • What is the future of surveillance capitalism
  • Why we may be entering a new era of aristocratic titans
  • Why Europe is better positioned than the US to handle automation
  • The danger of celebrity and worshipping success

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