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Will this robot take my job?

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium, Milstein Hall 863-883 University Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850

CIES Migration Series and AAP Critically Now 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 co-habitation? 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 will address the relation between migration and technology and discuss how to collaborate across disciplines to better navigate the significant paradigm shift towards an automated society. 

Format: Each speaker presenting a maximum of 3 slides in 2 minutes. Moderated discussion among participants. Moderated discussion 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


Reception 4:30pm at Stepped Auditorium

Event starts 5:00pm in Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium

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