University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

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Tuesday, February 21st 2017
11:30 am:
Speaker: Rajan Gupta, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Subject: In a world with 10 billion people, what will 8 billion do?
Please note change of time, room and day for the seminar, this week only.

Rapid advances in automation, robotization, computerization are changing local and global job markets. Worldwide, the youth are struggling to understandand define a meaningful role for themselves and a promising future for their families. While the future for the innovators, leaders and entrepreneurs is brighter than ever before, a large majority are becoming pessimistic and losing hope. This talk will examine existing trends and correlate many of the current challenges---jobs, poverty, population, migration, climate change, environmental degradation, etc.--- to ask the question, is liberal democracy under threat.

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