Curiosity Meets Discovery Lecture Series

Myths about Automation and Predictions for post-COVID Work

Jan 19,
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  • Location: MPFI.ORG

Artificial Intelligence is becoming a part of our day to day lives, but how this technology will affect the labor market remains to be seen. In this episode, Dr. Alex Rutherford looks at emerging technology, along with new considerations resulting from COVID-19, to imagine what the workplace of the future will look like. Will robots take our jobs? How can computer models help keep workforces safe? Using real-life examples, Rutherford shows us how the AI revolution has many possibilities, but shows us there are many limitations to consider as well.

Alex Rutherford is a Senior Research Scientist and Principal Investigator at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. He is the Principal Investigator for the research theme on Machines and the Future of Work. In addition to academic training at Warwick University and University College London in the UK, Alex worked as a data scientist in UN headquarters in New York. More generally, he is an experienced applied researcher drawing on a background and training in physics and data science to understand and model diverse social systems.