33: Because Future

by Max Leibman

Who do you work for? 

It seems like a simple question, but it sparks an Amazon-sized debate this week on Priority. Caitie and Max discuss recent news detailing the intense, workaholic culture at the tech giant, but wonder about implications for the rest of us. Who sets the expectations—and tone—in your workplace? 

Caitie questions the payoff of a breakneck working life. Sure, she could spend a 40-hour week responding to work that her student took ten minutes to write, but to what end? The Priority team ponders what drives this type of culture, and whether it is sustainable. But Max also wonders whether we even have an option, as humans start to lose the race with ever-improving technology. His advice? Watch your back, dear listeners: the robots are coming. 


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