In this podcast Darrell West (@DarrWest) from @BrookingsInst talks about the future of work, worker and workplace. He sheds light into this research into changing work landscape and importance of policy design to compensate for technology disruption. Darrell shares his thoughts on how business, professionals and governments could come together to minimize the technology driven joblessness impact and help stimulate the economy by placing everyone in futuristic roles.
3:06 Darrel’s journey.
5:15 The main focus of Brooking’s Institution.
6:40 Darrel’s inspiration behind working on future of work.
7:56 On future of work.
9:42 Debunking some myths about technology.
12:33 Technology impact on local communities.
16:36 Reskilling the workforce.
19:48 On the gig economy.
21:56 Technology empowering learning.
24:52 Revisiting education system.
27:12 Co-existing with robots.
28:35 Closing the gap between education and employment.
31:22 Machine and human intelligence complementing each other.
33:21 Art of the business vs stem.
34:56 Best balance between AI and art.
36:33 Reaching out to the unemployed.
39:25 Workforce going global.
41:08 The role of the government in the future of work.
44:28 Businesses using data in the right way.
46:52 Future of workplace.
48:36 Ensuring that workers remain employable.
52:05 AI helping employment.
53:50 Key takeways for leaders from The Brookings Institution research.
55:00 Opportunities for the future workforce.
57:16 Darrell’s success mantra.
58:53 Darrell’s favorite reads.
1:00:23 Closing remarks.
Darrell’s Recommended Read:
Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson https://amzn.to/2JA4hsK
Darrell West is the Vice President of Governance Studies and Director of the Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution. Previously, he was the John Hazen White Professor of Political Science and Public Policy and Director of the Taubman Center for Public Policy at Brown University. His current research focuses on technology policy, the Internet, digital media, health care, education, and privacy and security.
The Center that he directs examines a wide range of topics related to technology innovation including technology policy, public sector innovation; legal and Constitutional aspects of technology; digital media and social networking; health information technology; virtual education, and green technology. Its mission is to identify key developments in technology innovation, undertake cutting-edge research, disseminate best practices broadly, inform policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels about actions needed to improve innovation, and enhance the public’s and media’s understanding of the importance of technology innovation.
West is the author of written 23 books and my most recent one published two weeks ago is The Future of Work: Robots, AI, and Automation (Brookings Institution Press) some of the past work includes: How Technology Can Transform Education (Brookings, 2012); The Next Wave: Using Digital Technology to Further Social and Political Innovation (Brookings, 2011), Brain Gain: Rethinking U.S. Immigration Policy (Brookings, 2010), Digital Medicine: Health Care in the Internet Era (Brookings, 2009), Digital Government: Technology and Public Sector Performance, (Princeton University Press, 2005), and Air Wars: Television Advertising in Election Campaigns (Congressional Quarterly Press, 2005), among others. He is the winner of the American Political Science Association’s Don K. Price award for best book on technology (for Digital Government) and the American Political Science Association’s Doris Graber award for best book on political communications (for Cross Talk).
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