Even without the flying cars, at least our dishwashers have kept pace with our ambitions. / U.S. Farm Security Administration
The Baffler,  March 10, 2016

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Even without the flying cars, at least our dishwashers have kept pace with our ambitions. / U.S. Farm Security Administration
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Baffler contributing editor Astra Taylor reports on “the troubling intersection between higher education and high finance” over at The Nation. And it’s not just Harvard she’s talking about: in the wake of state funding cuts, more and more public universities are investing endowment money in hedge funds.

• Without comment, and drowning in our own skepticism, we present “How Robots Will Kill the Gig Economy.”

David Graeber once lamented to Baffler readers about the unrealized “technological wonders any child growing up in the mid-to-late twentieth century assumed would exist by now.” David would probably find it little consolation that at least our kitchen appliances have finally caught up to Jetsons-era predictions.

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