The World Technology Network (www.WTN.net), a community of the world's most innovative individuals and organizations in science, technology, and related fields, launched the first-ever World Summit on Technological Unemployment on September 29, 2015, at the TIME Conference Center in the historic TIME & LIFE Building 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
Review our distinguished roster and video from the event (in order of appearance) above.