Washington, DC – Last week, The Hamilton Project at Brookings convened academic experts and government and business leaders for a forum at the National Press Club to discuss the future of work in the age of the machine. In advance of the forum, The Hamilton Project released a new framing paper describing these trends and the potential implications for broad-based economic growth in the United States.
Opening remarks were delivered by former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin and Evercore Founder and Chairman Roger C. Altman. Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee of the Center for Digital Business at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and authors of the best-selling book “The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies” gave opening remarks about their cutting edge research and findings on this topic.
The forum also included two panel discussions focusing on labor market issues, including the changing nature of work and its implications for workers of various skill types, organizational innovation and the importance of business dynamism in the face of such challenges.
Participants in the second panel discussion included Erik Brynjolfsson; David Autor, Professor of Economics and Associate Department Head, MIT Department of Economics; Aneesh Chopra, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President, Hunch Analytics and Former Chief Technology Officer, The White House; and Lawrence H. Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor, Harvard University and former U.S. Treasury Secretary. Hamilton Project Director Melissa Kearney moderated the panel discussion.
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Participants in the second panel included Andrew McAfee; John Haltiwanger, Professor of Economics and Distinguished University Professor, University of Maryland; and Arati Prabhakar, Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Laura Tyson, Professor of Business Administration and Economics and Director, Institute for Business and Social Impact, Berkeley-Haas School of Business, moderated the panel discussion.
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