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The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics will generate unprecedented opportunities and challenges for employers and workers. The accelerating pace of automation will likely lead to productivity increases on a scale not seen since the Industrial Revolution, while displacing tens of millions of American workers from their current occupations. Too often, news reports dramatically focus on AI and robots as job killers. Unfortunately, the debate over whether jobs eliminated will outnumber jobs created ignores two related and no less important questions:
- With the fast-paced arrival of innovative and transformative technologies, will workers whose jobs are most likely to be disrupted have the skills and training required for the new jobs being created?
- Will employers be able to fill existing vacancies as this unstoppable transformation occurs?
The widely supported goal of creating meaningful, well-paying jobs is anchored in the belief that a resilient and motivated American workforce can acquire the training and skills needed to perform the jobs of the 21st century. Sadly, the needed training and vocational education programs are far too few and do not properly leverage the educational potential of modern technology. Preparing today’s workforce with the knowledge and skills required to participate in the workplace of the future represents the greatest human talent challenge of the last 100 years.
This Report addresses the above issues and provides a practical roadmap on how employers, industries, communities, educators, and government can work together to prepare the workforce for the coming technology-induced shockwaves while taking full advantage of the opportunities that will be created.