The remarkable progression of innovations that imbue machines with human and superhuman capabilities is generating significant uncertainty and deep anxiety about the future of work. Whether and how our current period of technological disruption differs from prior industrial epochs is a source of vigorous debate. But there is no question that we face an urgent sense of collective concern about how to harness these technological innovations for social benefit. To meet this challenge, the Institute launched the MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future in spring 2018.
The Task Force’s mandate is to address three questions:
How are emerging technologies transforming the nature of human work and the set of skills that enable humans to thrive in the digital economy?
How can we shape and catalyze technological innovation to complement and augment human potential?
How can our civic institutions ensure that the gains from these emerging innovations contribute to equality of opportunity, social inclusion, and shared prosperity?
This report from the MIT Work of the Future Task Force frames how we might leverage emerging technologies and policies toward a shared prosperity.
MIT News article about a report presenting initial findings of MIT’s Task Force on the Work of the Future.
In the first event in the Work of the Future Book Series, anthropologist Mary Gray will talk (in conversation with David Autor) about her book Ghost Work: How to Stop Silicon Valley from Building a New Global Underclass.
September 11, 2019
By Elisabeth Reynolds and Alastair Fitzpayne
A collaboration with the Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative.
Explore how we can create a future of work that complements and augments human potential while contributing to shared economic prosperity.
(Co-sponsored by the Work of the Future Task Force, CSAIL, and IDE)
November 21, 2019
Bloomberg Opinion piece on the slowing of tech innovation includes research from John Van Reenen.
Piece in The Atlantic about "wealth work" cites research by David Autor.
The MIT Work of the Future Task Force thanks the following organizations for their collaboration and support.