What implications does the growing power of artificial intelligence and robotics have for the American workforce of the future?
David H. Autor, professor and associate head of the MIT Department of Economics, will address that question at the Howard T. McMyler Memorial Lecture. He will give his lecture, “Why Are There Still So Many Jobs? The Past and Future of Workplace Automation,” Thursday, Feb. 11, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the Kelvin & Eleanor Smith Foundation Ballroom of Tinkham Veale University Center.
Autor will explore what we can learn by examining how machines have displaced human labor in the past and present, particularly through the contemporary role played by computer technology in creating today’s polarized labor market, marked by simultaneous growth in the both low-wage/low-skill jobs and high-wage/high-skill jobs. He will explore what the concept of polarization can and cannot explain about the contemporary labor market and what our current knowledge of the relationship between jobs and technology leads us to expect for the future.
The Department of Economics and the Howard T. McMyler Lecture Endowment Fund will sponsor the lecture.