The Augmented City is a podcast series that explores the impact of Artificial intelligence on urban life & culture

Hunter gatherers and our AI future

Hunter gatherers and our AI future

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Several weeks ago the New Yorker magazine ran a cover with a human beggar receiving tips from robots hurrying to their next appointment. The cover has received a lot of attention not simply due to unease about the new economics of automation but also how work is intrinsic to how most people view their identity and purpose in life.

But is this really the case? Has human history on this planet marched inexorably to the drumbeat of perpetual economic productivity? Not necessarily. The Augmented City interviewed Dr. James Suzman, anthropologist and author of a new book about the lives and lifestyle of arguably the oldest continual civilization on earth, the Khoisan people of southern Africa --- better known as the Bushmen.

New archeological data and advances in genomic science reveal that the Bushmen have been around an extraordinary amount of time. As hunter-gatherers, they have lived more or less the same way for close to 100,000 years, or 95% of the time Homo Sapiens has inhabited earth. 

What lessons can 2017 Homo Sapiens learn from arguably the world's oldest continual culture? The Augmented City interviewed Dr. Suzman about the Khoisan, their ideas of work, wealth and community, and how some of those ideas might apply to our hyperconnected, AI-powered, non-sustainable lifestyles.  

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