Rice to Host Conference on Humans, Machines, and the Future of Work

Screenshot 2016-08-04 16.54.53Those who attended this year’s CRA Snowbird conference may have heard Moshe Vardi’s provocative panel session on Humans, Machines, and the Future of Work, discussing the potential impact of computing technologies on employment and the nature of work over the coming years. Vardi makes a compelling case that the computing research community ought to be concerned with the impact its innovations will have on society, both positive and negative. To that end, Vardi has led an effort to pull together some of the leading thinkers from the computing, economics, and social science communities to consider the issue in Houston in December. The De Lange Conference on Humans, Machines, and the Future of Work will be held December 5-6, 2016, at Rice University. Here’s an announcement from the organizers (CRA is a co-sponsor).

The conference will focus on issues created by the impact of information technology on labor markets over the next 25 years, addressing questions such as:

  • What advances in artificial intelligence, robotics and automation are expected over the next 25 years?
  • What will be the impact of these advances on job creation, job destruction and wages in the labor market?
  • What skills are required for the job market of the future?
  • Can education prepare workers for that job market?
  • What educational changes are needed?
  • What economic and social policies are required to integrate people who are left out of future labor markets?
  • How can we preserve and increase social mobility in such an environment?



Renowned Speakers and Panelists:

 Diane Bailey
Associate Professor, School of Information
The University of Texas at Austin

Guruduth Banavar
Vice President, Cognitive Computing
IBM Research

John Seely Brown
Co-chairman Deloitte’s Center for the Edge; Advisor to the Provost USC

Daniel Castro
Vice President,
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Stuart Elliott
Directorate for Education and Skills

Richard Freeman
Professor of Economics
Harvard University

Eszter Hargittai
Delaney Family Professor Affiliation
Communication Studies Department, Northwestern University

John Leslie King
W.W. Bishop Professor of Information
University of Michigan School of Information

Vijay Kumar
Nemirovsky Family Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Pennsylvania

John Markoff
New York Times

Lawrence Mishel
Economic Policy Institute

Joel Mokyr
Robert H. Strotz Professor of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Economics and History at Northwestern University and Sackler Professor, (by spec. appnt.) Eitan Berglas School of
Economics at Tel Aviv University

David Nordfors
Co-Founder and Co-Chair
I4j Innovation for Jobs

Debra Satz
Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society, Professor of Philosophy, Senior Associate Dean for the Humanities and Arts, J. Frederick and Elisabeth Brewer Weintz University Fellow in Undergraduate Education
Stanford University

Manuela Veloso
Herbert A. Simon University Professor School of Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon University

Judy Wajcman
Anthony Giddens Professor of Sociology
The London School of Economics

For more information, see delange.rice.edu.

Rice to Host Conference on Humans, Machines, and the Future of Work