Today the future of work and well-being is under threat from artificial intelligence (AI) and automation. A new and distinctly technological revolution is underway that is reshaping societies across the globe on multiple levels. The potential impacts of this revolution “are so profound that, from the perspective of human history, there has never been a time of greater promise or potential peril.” (Klaus Schwab, The Fourth Industrial Revolution).
Managing the transition to a future dominated by AI and automation will be one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century and many organizations and key leaders have yet to determine how and if the future of work will yield positive or negative outcomes for the global workforce. Recognizing the need for interdisciplinary dialogue on this key issue, the Citi Foundation, the University of Notre Dame, City of South Bend, and the Zielsdorf Family Partnership for Corporate Engagement will convene key thought leaders from think tanks and academia; the private sector; NGOs; foundations; and local, state, and federal governments in early June 2019 for a series of focused presentations and discussions on the future of work.
The conference—held on Notre Dame’s historic campus—will seek to focus on social and technological policies and innovations that will enable organizations and leaders to manage disruption while optimizing the benefits of technology for their respective populations. What does the future of work look like when framed in the human context? We wish to move beyond the problem definition that has dominated other such events towards tools and solutions that can only be derived from rich multi-stakeholder engagement, bringing together ethicists, technologists, policy researchers, politicians and business leaders. The conference is intended to be both domestic and global in perspective with some elements devoted to the particular challenges of automation facing states with rich, industrial traditions, such as Indiana.