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Automation And The Future Of Work

University of Washington Office of News and Information

Wednesday, April 12, 2017  

Robots are no longer a thing of science fiction.  It isn’t globalization that is killing a lot of jobs, it’s robots and automation.  They made inroads first in manufacturing, but now they have their eyes set on customer service, clerical and other sectors of the jobs economy.  So, Mike Collins and guests will help you get prepared by taking a look at the future of work in an automated world. 

Will a robot one day take your job?

Globalization is frequently cited as a big jobs killer. But economists point to robots and automation as a major threat to U.S. manufacturing jobs, with a much more long-term impact to our economy than outsourcing and global trade.

In the future, automation will likely affect more than just manufacturing jobs – think drones, self-driving cars, self-checkout kiosks and more. Artificial intelligence and smart machines have made life better in many ways, but they also threaten to change the way we work.

Mike Collins is joined by futurist Marshall Brain and economist Dr. Paul Gaggl to look at the future of work in an automated world.  


Marshall Brain, Director of the Engineering Entrepreneurs Program at NC State University. He’s the founder of the popular website HowStuffWorks.com and the author of several books, including “The Second Intelligent Species: How Humans Will Become as Irrelevant as Cockroaches” 

Dr. Paul Gaggl, assistant professor of economics and public policy faculty affiliate at UNC Charlotte 

Related Links: 

Public Radio's Marketplace's series on "robot-proof jobs"

Marshall Brain on Robotics and Employment

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