Magazine article Psychology Today

Flipping the Script for 2018

Magazine article Psychology Today

Flipping the Script for 2018

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I'M THRILLED BY the prospect of brain-machine interfaces, but they remain far off in a country roiled by present-day problems. This year, the "merger of man and machine" that has my attention is the alignment of people most in need of work with the sector that's generating the most j obs. The U. S. economy is increasingly powered by a coastal tech turbine, while huge swaths of heartland and rural America are mired in unemployment and poverty.

The disparity is evident in this very issue, where the crisis in rural mental health care ("Where No One Hears a Cry for Help") is chronicled alongside a story about the dawn of facial-recognition technology ("All Over Your Face").

How can we integrate high-tech and low-income communities, rather than simply assuming that one will continue to displace the other?

Fortunately, there are organizations working at this critical intersection, making strides to infuse struggling communities with capital and with jobs.

Opportunity@Work serves as a pipeline to the tech sector for skilled candidates in the heartland, where IT recruiters don't normally tread. …

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