The final report from MIT’s Task Force on the Work of the Future summarizes over two years of research on technology and jobs.
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MIT’s Task Force on the Work of the Future has looked closely at the implications of autonomous vehicles for employment.
David Autor and Elisabeth Reynolds ask whether the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the conventional wisdom about automation and inequality in the United States over the past four decades.
MIT economist Daron Acemoglu’s new research puts a number on the job costs of automation.
MIT’s Alex “Sandy” Pentland outlines 3 ways testing and technology can help identify a “safe” workforce.
An article from Harvard Business Review co-written by CSAIL’s Julie Shah. At MIT, efforts are underway to use existing mobile technologies to quickly develop game-changing, privacy-preserving contact tracing.
Daniela Rus joins a council that provides advice to the White House on topics critical to U.S. security and the economy, including policy recommendations on the future of work, American leadership in science and technology, and the support of U.S. research and development.
Social distancing is here to stay for much more than a few weeks. It will upend our way of life, in some ways forever.
The report, which represents the initial findings of MIT’s Task Force on the Work of the Future, punctures some conventional wisdom and builds a nuanced picture of the evolution of technology and jobs, the subject of much fraught public discussion.
“It’s super easy to make a business case for reducing head count. You can always light up a boardroom” by promising to replace people with robots, says David Autor, an MIT economist and co-chair of the task force, who gave an interview about the report.
For the last four years, the MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research has collected data from more than 800 organizations that are undergoing digital transformation, according to Nick van der Meulen, research scientist at the center.
During the first six months of 2019, healthcare companies globally raised $26.9 billion, compared to $26.5 billion during the same time period in 2018. AI-focused companies in the space also saw a new funding high during the second quarter of the year, as investors zero in on the technology’s emerging presence.
While there is much discussion of how artificial intelligence will continue to transform industries and organizations, a key driver of AI’s role in the global economy will be cities. How cities deal with coming changes will determine which ones will thrive in the future.
As automation makes everyday products cheaper and more plentiful, people will increasingly shift their spending to goods and services where a connection to a human provider is seen as a key benefit.
The Major League of Baseball (MLB) makes history by introducing robots to the game!…
Is the diffusion of AI going to harm middle-class jobs? Broadly speaking, we can expect to see labor displacement (shorter-term) and labor adaptation (longer-term). Some experts say that in the coming decades, technology will likely change the type of work that is done, but AI won’t be powerful enough to truly replace humans for most jobs.
Andrew Weaver and Paul Osterman, Industrial and Labor Relations Review Vol. 70, No. 2 (2017): 275-307.
Paul Osterman, ILR Review Vol. 71, No. 1 (2018): 3-34.
Erik Brynjolfsson and Tom Mitchell. Science Vol. 358, No. 6370 (2017): 1530-1534.
David Autor (MIT) and Anna Salomons, Utrecht University, Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, BPEA Conference Drafts, March 8-9, 2018…
Thomas A. Kochan, Duanyi Yang, William T. Kimball, and Erin L. Kelly, Industrial and Labor Relations Review Vol. 72, No. 1 (2019): 3-38.
Elisabeth B. Reynolds, Built Environment, Volume 43, Number 1, Spring 2017, pp.
David H. Autor, February 27, 2019.
Unhelkar, V. V., P. A. Lasota, Q. Tyroller, R-D. Buhai, L. Marceau, B. Deml, and J. A. Shah, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L), vol. 3, issue 3, pp. 8, 07/2018. Introducing mobile robots into the collaborative assembly process poses unique challenges for ensuring efficient and safe human-robot interaction.
Unhelkar, V. V., S. Dörr, A. Bubeck, P. A. Lasota, J. Perez, H. Chit Siu, J B. C. Jr., Q. Tyroller, J. Bix, S. Bartscher, et al., IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine (RAM), vol. 25, issue 2, 05/2018.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Morgan R. Frank., David Autor, James E. Bessen, Erik Brynjolfsson, Manuel Cebrian, David J. Deming, Maryann Feldman, et al.
National Bureau of Economic Research working paper from Daron Acemoglu and Pascual Restrepo…
Dramatic improvements in information technology have the potential to transform health-care delivery, and a key question is how such changes will affect the health-care workforce of the future.
MIT professors Kathleen Thelen and Paul Osterman explore the highly fragmented US workforce training system and comparable programs in Europe.
A book co-authored by MIT Associate Professor Julie Shah and Laura Major SM ’05 explores a future populated with robot helpers.
New research from CSAIL suggests that AI itself might be able to accurately adjudicate whether a task is best suited to a human or to technology.
MIT AI and the Work of the Future Congress Unconference attendees envision new models for work.