Panel Discussion: Public-Private Partnerships – Reprogramming Today’s Workforce for Tomorrow’s Technologies

June 19, 11:00am - 11:45am

General Session

Oliver Mitchel

Autonomy Ventures

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Daniel Theobald

Founder, Chief Innovation Officer
Vecna Robotics

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Dr. Byron Clayton

Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM)

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Charlene Schwartz-Stokes

Executive Director, Human-Machine Social Systems Lab
The MITRE Corporation

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Katie Stebbins

Vice President of Economic Development
University of Massachusetts, President's Office

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According to a report by the United Nations last year, nearly one-third of all jobs in first-world countries will be lost to robots and AI in the next 15 years. Even if the report is overly pessimistic, there is no doubt that millions, if not billions, of people will be affected by automation. Hourly workers in fast food, retail, livery and shipping are already in the crosshairs. As technology innovators, the panelists will discuss the elephant in the room -- the ethical and policy dilemma of automation and unemployment. They will showcase ways to reduce the friction of technology deployment and demonstrate how collaborative approaches can produce an abundance of opportunities for the US. The industry visionaries will explain the following:

  • The importance of shared responsibility in response to public concerns.
  • Why the public and private sectors must work in unison to train tomorrow’s workforce.
  • How to create an infrastructure to educate tomorrow’s workforce.
  • Addressing critical technology gaps to ensure automation and business processes are collaborative and the future is built by robots but directed by humans.