The Automated Workforce: The Future of Work and the Social Safety Net
Thu., February 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm
General Assembly, the Economic Security Project, and the Roosevelt Institute have partnered on this event to explore the full range of potential answers to automation.
During the lead up to the 2016 presidential election, presidential candidates invested a lot of time in talking about the impact of trade policies and outsourcing. Many economists, however, point out that it’s likely that automation will have a greater effect on our economy than globalization. In fact, according to the New York Times, “nine in ten jobs that disappeared since 2000 were lost to automation … not to workers in other countries.” In the coming decades, many of our largest job markets across the world – including the trucking and taxi industries – are on track to be replaced or, at very least, seriously impacted by automation. A report from McKinsey posits that “half of today’s work activities could be automated by 2055.” These are changes that are happening faster than anyone predicted a decade ago. While technology will create opportunity for new, high-paying jobs and require alternative education and training programs, policy makers have also begun talking about how our social safety net will need to adapt.
Schedule: 6:30pm – Arrivals + Networking; 7:00pm – Panel Discussion + Q&A
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