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Work In The Age Of Robots

Tuesday May 2018


Mark Mills Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute

"This time it's different." That's the phrase that strikes fear into many observers of the American labor market. The U.S. has a long history of technological innovation that has made certain professions obsolete. The resultant growth, however, has always generated enough jobs to keep most Americans gainfully employed.

Today, some experts fret that the next generation of robots will do permanent damage to the employment prospects of flesh-and-blood human beings. MI senior fellow Mark Mills is not among them. In his new book, Work in the Age of Robots, Mills argues that changes are indeed coming to the labor market, but they will expand job opportunities rather than imperil them.

Please join MI as Mills explains why this time isn't different—and why workers should welcome the rise of the robots.

Mark Mills is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a faculty fellow at Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, where he co-directs the Initiative for Manufacturing Science and Innovation. He is also a strategic partner with Cottonwood Venture Partners, an energy-tech venture fund, and an advisory board member of the University of Notre Dame’s Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values. Mills's articles have been published in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Forbes. In 2016, he was named "Energy Writer of the Year" by the American Energy Society.