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180. Modeling COVID after the Polio Epidemic and What a Post Corona Future Looks Like | Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal (@robinettekowal) is a Nebula- and Hugo-award winning science fiction and fantasy author, a puppeteer, and podcaster. In addition The Calculating Stars: A Lady Astronaut Novel which was nominated for a Hugo in 2019 (sci-fi book of the year award), she’s also the President of the Science Fiction Writers of America, and very involved in the push for diversity in science, STEM, and sci-fi as a whole.

On her podcast, Writing Excuses, she and other award-winning authors share tips and tricks with aspiring authors looking to build their careers.

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In today’s episode we discuss:

  • How COVD-19 will affect the future of education
  • Why the Coronavirus issue is so bad in Italy and not other places
  • How looking at Polio and the Spanish flu can give us models of today’s pandemic
  • The second-order effects of Corona on the future and economy as a whole
  • Best practices for fighting a plague
  • The big difference between European and US startups
  • Why COVD could end up being a net-positive for the US
  • Why quarantining can be huge in reducing epidemic death rates
  • How sci-fi helps us build a better future
  • How to prepare for a post-automation world
  • What is the future of books, publishing and media
  • The future of AI, creativity and jobs
  • Why Trump is the absolute wrong person at the helm of the US during this crisis
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