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Summit: The AI Disruption of Work—Educational Responses

A summit entitled, "The AI Disruption of Work—Educational Responses," will take place at the Four Seasons Hotel in Jackson, Wyo., on June 15-16, 2018.
College of Engineering and Applied Science Dean Michael Pishko, Professor James Caldwell (University of Wyoming), and Professor Moshe Vardi (Rice University) are co-organizing the event.
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The summit will bring together thought leaders in higher education, artificial intelligence (AI) and the digital economy to discuss how institutions of higher education might face the challenges of the impending technological disruption of work. This topic is only starting to be considered by many university administrators and not yet well understood in the wider higher education community. Only recently has it become clear that AI technology will not only affect manufacturing and other job sectors traditionally thought to be vulnerable to automation, but there is very likely to be a significant impact on professionals working in fields previously thought to be immune: health care, legal, finance, and many others.
Some of the objectives of the meeting include:
1. Presenting a view of the current state of the art in AI and projections for near future capabilities.
2. Laying out the case from economists and others who are considering the coming changes in the nature of work and jobs.
3. Discussions led by thought leaders in higher education about strategies for addressing the challenges.
Addressing these challenges will undoubtedly require creative strategies and fundamental changes to how we educate students who will thrive in the new economy. While these issues are already being addressed at a few select universities, this summit will widen the audience for this critical conversation. Invited speakers will be given ample time to present their own ideas in a talk and the summit will include panel discussions. This event, focusing on the educational issues, is a natural follow-on to the CRA Summit on Technology and Jobs hosted Dec. 12, 2017, in Washington D.C.

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