Wednesday, April 10, 2019
5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Room 101, Stephen Robert '62 Hall, 280 Brook Street
Book signing and reception to follow in Agora of Stephen Robert '62 Hall
Robots, artificial intelligence, and driverless cars no longer represent things of the future. They are with us and will become common in coming years, along with virtual reality and digital assistants. As these tools advance deeper into everyday use, they raise the question—how will they transform society, the economy, and politics?
In this talk, Darrell M. West will discuss his newest book The Future of Work: Robots, AI, and Automation, and the need to rethink the concept of jobs, reconfigure the social contract, move toward a system of lifetime learning, and develop a new kind of politics that can deal with economic dislocations. He will cover a number of proposals to help people deal with the transition from an industrial to a digital economy. This includes creating new forms of job identity, emphasizing leisure activities in the arts, music, and culture, and making fundamental political reforms.
Dr. West feels that it is vital to address these issues in order to avoid widespread economic and political disruption.
Moderated by: Susan Moffitt, Director of the Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy