Will we all be replaced by Robots?

6:00–7:30 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi


Fears of automation are widespread and increasing, especially with recent gains by artificial intelligence [AI]. A recent study by Oxford University AI researchers predicts that over 50% of all jobs are at a high risk  of being eliminated (automated) in the next 10 years. Moreover, AI is making machines capable of performing certain types of work which are traditionally considered high-skilled, cognitive work. 

In this talk, Professor Michael Gibbs discussed these issues. He provided some historical context on the effects of automation on the labor market. Drawing on his own research, he discussed how automation sometimes replaces people, but sometimes makes us more productive and valuable to employers. Finally, he discussed the likely effects of new developments in artificial intelligence on the labor market, job design, and the skills that will be most valued in modern economies. 

This event was part of the University of Chicago Leadership Round-table Series held in collaboration with Chicago Booth Alumni Club of India, NHRD Network, UChicago Alumni Association, and UChicago Center in Delhi. 

This event was by invitation only.