Event Title

Work’s Provocative Future: How to Outwit Those Job-Killing Robots

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George Anders, LinkedIn

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What if the rise of machine learning and artificial intelligence ended up creating more jobs? That optimistic scenario might have seemed impossible a few years ago. But as this talk will note, a growing body of evidence suggests that new technology will serve mainly to assist existing workers, rather than displace them. (Just ask NFL referees, whose ranks have expanded, instead of shrinking, as the role of instant replay increases.) The key insight: as technology automates our chores, job descriptions in the vast service sector become more intricate, unique and labor-intensive. Most notably, the need for curiosity, creativity and empathy keeps rising. Those three skills are pillars of a full-strength liberal-arts education. They define areas where humans’ unique edge should prove remarkably durable.

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Fowler Hall

Start Date

11-5-2018 10:00 AM

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Nov 5th, 10:00 AM

Work’s Provocative Future: How to Outwit Those Job-Killing Robots

Fowler Hall

What if the rise of machine learning and artificial intelligence ended up creating more jobs? That optimistic scenario might have seemed impossible a few years ago. But as this talk will note, a growing body of evidence suggests that new technology will serve mainly to assist existing workers, rather than displace them. (Just ask NFL referees, whose ranks have expanded, instead of shrinking, as the role of instant replay increases.) The key insight: as technology automates our chores, job descriptions in the vast service sector become more intricate, unique and labor-intensive. Most notably, the need for curiosity, creativity and empathy keeps rising. Those three skills are pillars of a full-strength liberal-arts education. They define areas where humans’ unique edge should prove remarkably durable.