The Future of Work | What is Technology? Accelerator, Enabler, or Displacer?

moderated by Katya Klinova with Long Chen, Anton Korinek and John Van Reenen

Sep 29, 2020 | 11:00 – 12:00 Download .ics

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Human societies have always coevolved with technology, but how can we think of technology? Is it an external force outside our control, or do we have a say in its direction, development and deployment?

The Future of Work is an INET webinar series that brings together diverse voices to discuss the impact of technology on the economy and society. We host prominent thinkers, policy-makers, and scholars from different backgrounds and countries to present and debate their views.

As technology continues to disrupt industries globally, the nature and future of work will be impacted by decisions and policies being made today. What are the social costs and benefits that technology will bear on economies already transformed by globalization and what are the implications to labor markets and social welfare? Can we get ahead of the next transformational revolution?

In this second episode, we aim to inquire the nature of technology. Human societies have coevolved with technology, but how can we think of technology? Is it an external force outside our control, or do we have a say in its direction, development and deployment?

To Be Discussed

  • How has technological advancement coevolved with human societies?
  • Are there noteworthy historical episodes of successful adaptation between humans and machines?
  • How can we deploy, steer and harness modern technologies to maximize the empowerment, manage the acceleration, and minimize the displacement?


Young Scholars Initiative Follow-Up Discussion

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 12:00pm ET

Please join us for an open forum discussion diving deeper into the issues discussed during the webinar led by Cecilia Rikap

Speakers

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  • Long Chen

    Director, Luohan Academy

  • Anton Korinek

    Associate Professor of Economics, Darden School of Business of the University of Virginia

  • John Van Reenen

    Gordon Y Billard Professor in Management and Economics, MIT Sloan School of Management

  • Katya Klinova

    Program Lead, Partnership in AI