Ep. 155 Jared Diamond “Robots in the Outfield”

May 07, 2020

Playing for Team Human today, national baseball writer for the Wall Street Journal and author of “Swing Kings” Jared Diamond

Diamond discusses how technological advancements have changed the fun and quirky ways that baseball organizations construct their teams and play the game. Why are baseball players changing their swings in order to hit more home runs? What is behind baseball’s desire to compete for the same college graduates who want to work for Amazon, Google, and major tech companies? Is there room for humans in modern baseball?

In his opening monologue, Rushkoff discusses the impact Covid-19 is having on art and music.

Follow Jared Diamond: https://twitter.com/jareddiamond
Swing Kings is now available: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780062872104

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Hosted by Douglas Rushkoff
Produced by Josh Chapdelaine
Audio Edited & Mixed by Luke Robert Mason
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Music by Fugazi (On this Episode you heard “Foreman’s Dog” in the intro – thanks to the kindness of the band and Dischord Records.)

Special thanks to Stephen Bartolomei, who allows connects for a home run.

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