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Many experts predict that in coming years, as many of half of all jobs could be replaced by robots and artificial intelligence, leading to widespread technological unemployment.

Jay Richards argues that these claims are based more on bad philosophy, not on solid evidence. Moreover, they ignore basic lessons of both history and economics. There is disruption coming, which means that we will need to prepare for work in an age of “smart” machines. But there's no reason to panic.

This lecture will be livestreamed @ 12 noon on October 25 for those who cannot join in person.


Jay Richards, PhD
Jay W. Richards, Ph.D., O.P.
The Catholic University of America

Assistant Research Professor in the Busch School of Business

Jay W. Richards, Ph.D., O.P., is an assistant research professor in the Busch School of Business at The Catholic University of America. He is also executive editor of The Stream, a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, and host of A Force for Good on EWTN television network.

Richards is author or editor of a dozen books including the New York Times bestsellers Infiltrated (2013) and Indivisible (2012), and Money, Greed, and God (2009), winner of a 2010 Templeton Enterprise Award. His newest book is The Human Advantage: The Future of American Work in the Age of Smart Machines (2018).

He is also creator and executive producer of several documentaries, including three that have appeared widely on PBS.

Richards’ articles and essays have been published in The Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Washington Post, Forbes, Fox News, National Review Online, The Hill, Investor’s Business Daily, Washington Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Huffington Post, The Federalist, The American Spectator, The Daily Caller, and many other publications. He has written and lectured on a wide range of topics, including culture, economics, public policy, natural science, technology, and the environment.

Event Details

Start Date


Acton Institute | Mark Murray Auditorium
98 E. Fulton Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
United States


11:30 a.m. Doors open
12:00 p.m. Lecture begins
12:30 p.m. Q&A
1:00 p.m. Lecture ends


$15 General | $10 Student
Includes box lunch and beverage

(Please RSVP at least 48 hours in advance to guarantee a box lunch)


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