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Disrupting Work: How Will Workers and Organizations Navigate Future Technology?

Disrupting Work: How Will Workers and Organizations Navigate Future Technology?

January 24, 2020

Anthony Weeks, a.k.a. “The Public Listener,” illustrated “minutes” of the meeting in real time. 
Photo Credit: Human Center Artifical Intelligence

MS&E Professor Melissa Valentine addressed more than 100 attendees of California’s Future of Work Commission meeting about how new technologies will affect the state’s workforce.

The meeting, which was held October 10 at the Stanford, was the second meeting of the commission, which was formed this past August. The goals of the commission include addressing income inequality and preparing the next generation of workers for the jobs of the future.

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Melissa Valentine speaks at the California Future of
Work Commission: Technological Change and its Impact on Work
Photo Credit: Ben Hamamoto, Institute For the Future

Professor Valentine presented data that show the number of corporations is decreasing, and discussed the impact of that trend on the workforce for both job stability and social benefits.  She discussed how technological advancements such as AI, automation and APIs might result in changes to the structure and number of workers in particular positions and fields.


Stanford’s Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence initiative detailed the content and impact of the meeting here. And graphic facilitator Anthony Weeks created a visual representation of the meeting in real time at the event.

Professor Valentine studies how new technologies change work and organizations. She is currently the co-director of the Stanford Center for Work, Technology and Organization (WTO), which recently launched its updated website.