Ford Professor of Economics, Associate Head of the MIT Department of Economics, and Research Fellow, NBER, JPAL, and IZA
Automation and Employment: What Should (and Shouldn’t) We Worry About? David Autor, Ford Professor of Economics, Associate Head of the MIT Department of Economics, and Research Fellow, NBER, JPAL, and IZA
Despite a century of remarkable labor-saving automation, the fraction of U.S. adults who work at a job has risen almost continuously for the past 125 years. Why hasn't automation already made our labor redundant and our skills obsolete? And is it about to do so this time? In this talk, MIT economist David Autor will address the paradox of why advancing automation has tended to raise rather than lower employment, highlighting that even as machines displace rote human activity, they complement human expertise, judgment, and creativity.
4 IDC keynotes, 20+ Track breakout sessions, 6 Breakfast and lunch sessions, 21+ Analyst-hosted lunch tables, 70+ Analysts available for 1:1s