The Future of Work in a World of AI, ML, and Automation

Moderator: Prof. Erik Brynjolfsson, PhD ‘91, Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (@erikbryn)


  • Prof. Jason Jackson, PhD ’13, Assistant Professor in Political Economy and Urban Planning, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning (@JasonBJackson)
  • Prof. Iyad Rahwan, AT&T Career Development Professor and Associate Professor of Media Arts & Sciences, MIT Media Lab (@iyadrahwan)
  • Elisabeth Reynolds, PhD ’10, Executive Director, Work of the Future Task Force (#elisabeth_reynolds)

Technology has always been a double-edged sword. In many instances taking jobs away, but ultimately providing many more. It is easy to count the number of jobs lost from technologies like AI, Machine Learning, and Automation. But it is very difficult to envision what jobs will be created from them. The focus of this panel is on the latter – how can these brilliant technologies enable the creation of jobs, optimize mind and machine, and present us with the opportunity of broader income equality in a technology driven economy. More than this, we’ll explore the new skills needed, and the changes in how we educate the workforce of the future – regardless of who provides that education.


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