The World Summit on Technological Unemployment

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September 29, 2015
at the TIME Magazine Conference Center in New York City

New York, NY, September 8, 2015 – The World Technology Network (www.WTN.net), a community of the world's most innovative individuals and organizations in science, technology, and related fields, is launching the first World Summit on Technological Unemployment on September 29, 2015, at the Time Life Conference Center in New York City.

Accelerating technological unemployment will likely be one of the most challenging societal issues in the 21st Century. Never before in history are so many industries being simultaneously upended by new technologies. Though "creative destruction," in which lost jobs are replaced with new ones, will be a factor, our newest technologies have the clear potential to eliminate many more jobs than we create. With technology advancing at a geometric pace, robotics, artificial intelligence, 3D-printing, and other innovations with enormous disruptive potential will soon hit the mainstream. Billions of people worldwide are currently employed in industries that will likely be affected—and billions of new entrants to the workforce will need jobs.

While much has been written about the coming collision of rapidly advancing technology and an increasingly displaced workforce (a recent Oxford study predicts 47% of US jobs gone from technology within two decades), there has been no structured attempt at any level of government, academia, or industry to define, address, and even begin to conceive solutions to what may well be the greatest threat to our social fabric in the years ahead. Until now.

The World Summit on Technological Unemployment is the first high-level forum and workshop for thought leaders across all disciplines and domains designed to begin the critical task of confronting the vast challenges ahead. The goal of the Summit is to create a proactive partnership of the brightest minds in academia, government policy, industry, and the media that will construct a framework to define, measure, and ultimately craft solutions to the jobless future that increasingly threatens our global workforce. Thought leaders in academia, government policy, labor, journalism and industry are urged to participate in this seminal event. Our distinguished roster thus far includes:

  • Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, political economist, professor, author, and political commentator;
  • Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize-winning economist;
  • Larry Summers, Former U. S. Secretary of Treasury, economist, President Emeritus and Charles W. Eliot University
  • Professor of Harvard University (via live video);
  • John Markoff, Senior Writer, The New York Times (via live video);
  • John Wilmoth, Director of the Population Division of the United Nations;
  • Irving Wladawsky-Berger, legendary IBM technology strategist;
  • Martin Ford, author of best-selling "Rise of the Robots"(via live video);
  • Meredith Persily Lamel, President of MPL Partners, LLC, executive coach, consultant, facilitator and instructor;
  • Scott Von, psychoanalyst, physician, and philosopher, Founding Director of the New Clinic for Integral Medicine & Psychiatry
  • John Hagel, author, Co-Chairman of the Deloitte Center for the Edge (via live video);
  • Scott Santens, writer and Founder of the BIG Patreon Creator Pledge;
  • Lauren Paer, Economist and writer;
  • Jared Kleinart, co-author, "2 Billion Under 20";
  • Wendell Wallach, consultant, ethicist, and scholar at Yale University's Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics;
  • Patricia Paul, former union organizer, community organizer, litigator and business founder;
  • James Hughes, Executive Director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies;
  • Gerald Huff, Principal Software Engineer at Tesla Motors;
  • Scott Santens, universal basic income champion;
  • David Nordfors, CEO and co-founder of IIIJ and the co-chair of the i4j (innovation for jobs) - (via live video);
  • David Autor, co-leader of MIT's School Effectiveness and Inequality Initiative (via live video);
  • Jim Clark, Founder, The World Technology Network;
and many more..


Our social peace, education system, industrial forecasting, social welfare system, tax policy, geopolitical alignments, and so much more are all at play. Please join us.

General and VIP tickets are available at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-world-summit-on-technological-unemployment-tickets-16625686877.

A limited number of scholarships are available.

Contact Bruce Berkman for info: bberkman@wtn.net

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