MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) and Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE) are joining forces to host the 2nd annual AI and the Future of Work Congress.

Driven by an artificial intelligence revolution and new talent models, work is rapidly changing. Daily, jobs and the skills needed to be successful in the workplace are being reinvented.

With headlines like, “Will Robots and AI Take Your Job” and  “Automation Is the Greatest Threat to the American Worker, Not Outsourcing”, the future of work is uncertain and daunting for many across the globe.

Join academics, corporate leaders and public policy makers as we get to the the truth behind these headlines and explore the opportunities and challenges ahead for organizations and their employees including:

  • As “thinking machines” become increasingly more capable, “what’s next” for organizations? How will AI impact everything from their overall strategy to structure?
  • Should we be worried about having sufficient jobs available to gainfully employ everyone? Or, as in past disruptions, does AI open up new opportunities for work that we have not fully considered yet?
  • What will the jobs and skills needed to be successful in the future look like?
  • How do we ensure the pathways to future economic opportunity are accessible to all?  How can we use technology as a tool to drive greater shared prosperity in the digital economy?

MIT takes as a guiding premise that addressing the social and human implications of technology should not be an afterthought. Don’t miss this opportunity to engage in  this important conversation.


MIT and the Future of Work Congress Online Discussion

Stay engaged with the AI and the Future of Work Congress hosted by MIT CSAIL and the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE) and join the conversation on the AI revolution! AI- artificial intelligence- is in the news almost daily. Businesses are looking for strategies to incorporate AI for efficiency and a competitive advantage. The workforce is concerned about the changes AI will bring for jobs and required skill sets. bring together thought leaders from academia, business leaders, economists and visionaries for a thoughtful dialogue on AI’s impact. Through this online forum, we hope to continue to bring together thought leaders from academia, business leaders, economists and visionaries for dialogue on how to navigate the opportunities and challenges of the “AI Revolution,” as well as gain valuable insight on ways to chart career paths across many fields impacted by the advancements in AI.

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   AI and the Future of Work Congress Agenda


8:00 AM Registration and Breakfast
9:00 AM Welcome
9:15 AM Keynote Presentation
9:30 AM Session 1 - A Perfect Storm: Expansion, Stagnation, Disruption

Major economic and technological forces are driving the economy and impacting the workforce in unprecedented ways. Despite great macroeconomic expansion, the positive effects of these forces have not impacted the workforce with commensurate gains. While technologies like artificial intelligence continue to race ahead, wage growth has essentially stagnated, and the rate of productivity growth is slowing.  In this panel, expert economists, industry leaders, and policy makers will explore this paradox and its desired resolution through the the lens of three economic trends -- expansion, stagnation, and disruption.
10:15 AM Break
10:45 AM

Session 2 - The AI Enabled Organization

As AI is increasingly embedded throughout an organization new business strategies, organizational models and jobs are emerging while others are disappearing. Some of these changes will cause profound shifts in business strategy. This panel will examine the shift and ask:

  • What does a “thinking machine” mean for workers and organizations?
  • How will AI impact an organization’s overall strategy?
  • How will organizations use AI to increase their competitiveness?
  • What ethical challenges exist in incorporating AI systems?
11:30 AM Fireside Chat
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Keynote Presentation
1:15 PM Session 3 - Humans Disrupted: Skills, Training, and Leadership in the Future Workplace

In any job a worker performs many different tasks. While some of these tasks are vulnerable to automation, many are not.  What are the jobs that are really at risk? How will increased collaboration between humans and machines work? What human roles and skills will disappear and what new ones are on the horizon? What impact will the AI revolution have on how we prepare the next generation for the future of work? What will educators and business leaders need to do to retrain the existing workforce?
2:30 PM Public Policy Debate
3:00 PM Break
3:30 PM Keynote Presentation
3:45 PM Session 4 - Reinventing Work: Industries & Jobs of the Future

Eye-catching headlines and the more popular narrative focuses on job elimination due to technology. However, clear historical evidence indicates that technology disruption eventually creates more jobs than it destroys.  We infrequently read about this perspective in the news, because envisioning the future of work is difficult.  How can we predict what jobs will be created?  How many will there be?  What payscale will be associated with them?  What new industries have we not even imagined yet?  The experts in this panel will share their vision for what the future of work will bring.
4:30 PM Closing Remarks

*Sessions subject to change.

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