If the assumption that artificial intelligence can potentially increase employment by 10 percent is true, the question becomes how and where will workers learn the new digital skills needed to collaborate with and train machines? Per Lolade Fadulu’s “What Makes a Worker?” series in The Atlantic, “the debate over who—the federal government, schools, employers—should provide training to workers is decades old.” On the employer side, organizations are just beginning to see the real value of collaboration between humans and machines, and while most employers want to implement machines to help workers, they have yet to figure out how to effectively pair them up and struggle with seeing the return on investment, and thus are reluctant to offer continued worker development and training. While it is necessary to have “a strong collaboration between companies, organized labor, government, and academia to radically rethink how we are going to prepare people for the future workforce,” employer responsibility becomes even more apparent as public-sector programs struggle and the gap between the needs of the job market and traditional education persists.
Pitfalls and Possibilities
Feb 20, 2018