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Bull Session

Digital Citizenship

February 23, 2018          

Episode Summary

On The Digital Life podcast this week, we chat about Estonia’s E-Residency program, which encourages entrepreneurs to become virtual residents of the country, so they can have a European company. It’s a really interesting and innovative way to think about citizenship, basically ignoring geography, but leveraging it at the same time. It’s not unusual for countries to sell their citizenship, including the US, but this is slightly different. If innovators and entrepreneurs can go anywhere they want in the world to find the best deal, best benefits, or the like, what does that mean for the future of nation states? Join us as we discuss.

Resources:
Republic of Estonia E-Residency

Countries where you can buy citizenship

Bull Session

Automation and Collaborative Robots

February 15, 2018          

Episode Summary

On The Digital Life podcast this week, we chat with guest Mary Ellen Sparrow, CEO of NextShift Robotics, about collaborative robotics and automation. NextShift focuses on developing robots that work in concert with people on the warehouse floor for e-commerce operations. Unlike other automation systems, the company’s technology works within a warehouse’s existing infrastructure, rather than requiring a massive overhaul and build out. Its robots are designed to work in complex and variable environments. For example, they can avoid obstacles, navigating around objects in their path. Join us as we discuss robotic automation, misconceptions people may have about the relationship between jobs, workers, and robots, and the potential of this technology to transform industry in the near future.

Resources:
NextShift Robotics