Assessing the Impact of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence on the Jobs Outlook

Thursday, April 5, 2018
4:30 pm   -   5:30 pm
Room: 201
Moderator: Lindsay Lyon, Deputy Editor, U.S. News & World Report

A 2017 McKinsey Global Institute report estimates that virtually every occupation will have some elements replaced by automation in coming years, though less than 5 percent of current jobs could be totally automated. Rather than producing major job losses, the expansion of robotics and artificial intelligence will lead to a job shift. There will be more need for people who can work along and in partnership with machines, providing the creativity, problem-solving and emotional intelligence that artificial intelligence can’t duplicate yet. While computers may increasingly take on basic coding tasks, say, there will be greater need for “systems” thinkers. Similarly, while AI programs might more speedily analyze imaging studies, radiologists won’t be replaced but rather freed to work more directly with patients. This session will look at the implications of robots and AI on workforce needs and how employers and educators can develop new models to train the next generation for work that may not even exist yet in the evolving skills-based economy.