Hello. Perhaps we could start with a little introduction — your name, your studies at Cambridge?
Hi, I’m Daniil, an economics undergraduate.
How did you get involved with TWS?
I think I came across it on Facebook. Somebody from the EU Society shared an event, or maybe even suggested it in person. I went to a couple of policy paper discussions and workshops and then decided to get involved.
How did you get involved in the Technological Unemployment paper? Was it personal interest or were you interested in using your specialist knowledge, if it is the area of your expertise?
At some point TWS was recruiting a cohort of editors for the new round of policy papers. It was the first opportunity to get involved, so I abandoned efforts to find an internship, interviewed with Chia [Chairman, TWS 2016-17] and somehow got it. Undergrads don’t really specialise, but I’ve been taking all the politics papers, and this topic of course falls into both economics and politics. Plus the visionary stuff that comes with “technology”. Naturally I got involved.
So the paper was presented at Conference in 2016. How did this go and how did you go about preparing for this?
I thought the conference was a big success. Our paper was presented the last out of the four, so I would have expected everyone to be tired by then. On the contrary, the debate was very lively, and I am particularly proud that the audience got very involved. I think we had polar opinions on it on different sides of the room, and as a result no one checked their Facebook at any point. I even got a few emails afterwards saying the paper and the discussion were done really well. In terms of preparation we just had to write the paper well, and fortunately Jack, Shachi and Vivek were fantastic to work with. On one hand we were lucky in that we had the whole Christmas to write the paper. On the other, it was a challenge to align our arguments over Skype and not get desperate – but we managed.