Type: Public event

Robocalypse Now?: Technology and the Future of Work


Kevin LaGrandeur, Professor of English and Fellow, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology

Date & time

Sep 11, 2017, 4:00-5:30 pm EDT


Talk summary: The process of technological displacement of workers began in the automobile industry in the 1960's, and with the rise of connectivity and AI it is accelerating rapidly. For example, it may be no surprise, given what's happened in the automobile industry, that the world’s first farm that is completely run by robots has just opened in Japan; or that a new robot is available for the construction industry that can lay bricks three times faster than a human. This kind of displacement of manual labor happened in previous industrial revolutions as well.

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