Critically Now: Will This Robot Take My Job?

Bird's eye photo of robot arm

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Critically Now: A Pop-Up and Growing Event Series

With the advancement of computation and robotics comes the potential for ever-increasing degrees of automation in all sectors of life and economy. Developments in self-driving cars and trucks, self-aware grocery stores, fully automated assembly lines, automated legal representation, or automated care for the elderly have the potential to drastically impact society at a global scale. What are the possibilities and dangers of automation? What are potentially new forms of human-robot cohabitation? What are the new economic models? Does automation cause job loss? What are possible political consequences? Recently, anxieties over the issue of migration and hostility towards immigrants seem partly related to issues of automation and fears of unemployment. The panel of Cornell faculty will address the relationship between migration and technology and discuss how to collaborate across disciplines to better navigate the significant paradigm shift towards an automated society.

Each speaker will be presenting a maximum of three slides in two minutes. There will be a moderated discussion among participants and with the audience.

Guy Hoffman
Assistant Professor
Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Ronald R. Kline
Sue G. and Harry E. Bovay, Jr. Professor in History and Ethics of Engineering
Department of Science and Technology Studies

Ross A. Knepper
Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science

Adam Seth Litwin
Associate Professor
Labor Relations, Law, and History

Kirstin Hagelskjær Petersen
Assistant Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Sasa Zivkovic
Assistant Professor
Department of Architecture