The Future of Work at the Human Technology Frontier
SRI International and the National Science Foundation are hosting a series of workshops to define current research needs, identify and convene relevant stakeholders, and inform a framework for future collaboration.
Through its Big Idea initiative, the National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to understand the future of work at the human-technology frontier and fund useful, convergent research on human-technology partnerships. NSF’s work will inform the design of new technologies to augment human performance, illuminate the emerging socio-technological landscape, understand the risks and benefits of new technologies for workers, and foster lifelong and pervasive learning.
Towards this end, the Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier (FW-HTF) program charged the Center for Innovation Strategy and Policy (CISP), SRI International, to design and implement a series of virtual workshops. Workshop participants will include representatives from industry, academia, non-profits, intergovernmental organizations, and state and federal government agencies.
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Restructuring the Physical and Virtual Workspace
July 23 | 1:30-4:30 pm EDT
New technologies will enable non-traditional work arrangements, such as on-demand and flexible schedules, and, at the same time, allow for a more complete oversight of tasks and performance. Businesses and workers will have to define new, highly flexible relationships.
Exploring the Human-Technology Partnership
August 6 | 1:30-4:30 pm EDT
Labor- and time-intensive tasks, as well as those with a high level of routineness, are among those most likely to face disruption and automation. Workplaces of all kinds face this disruption, and leaders and workers alike will need to rethink how they interact with their built environments and their new digitized coworkers.
Fostering Reskilling, Upskilling, and Lifelong Learning
August 20 | 1:30-4:30 pm EDT
The increased rate of change and diffusion of new technologies places a new imperative on employers to substantially increase investment in worker training. Upskilling in concert with technology investments offers challenges to both the business and the worker.
Ethical Questions and the Implications for Policy
September 3 | 1:30-4:30 pm EDT
Although new technologies have the potential to provide enormous social benefit, they also carry with them social, ethical, and legal risks. The difficulty of auditing the component parts of an algorithm expose individuals and society as a whole to bias and injustice. The use of robots may displace workers, change the social and economic status of jobs, and affect our perception of self.
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