MIT launches Task Force on the Work of the Future
Institute-wide effort will study the evolution of jobs in an age of technological advancement
The task force leadership team consists of (right) David Autor, the Ford Professor of Economics and associate head of the MIT Department of Economics; (left) David Mindell, the Frances and David Dibner Professor of the History of Engineering and Manufacturing, and professor of aeronautics and astronautics; and (center) Elisabeth Reynolds, executive director of the MIT Industrial Performance Center (IPC) and a lecturer in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning.
MIT has launched its Task Force on the Work of the Future, an Institute-wide effort to understand and shape the evolution of jobs during an age of innovation.
The task force’s mission was announced in a letter to the MIT community by Provost Martin A. Schmidt.
“The MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future takes as a guiding premise that addressing the social and human implications of technology should not be an afterthought, but instead should be a first concern that pervades how we design, innovate, and take our ideas to market, as well as what we teach our students, the technologists of tomorrow,” Schmidt writes.
The task force’s project is a vital part of examining the strength of our civic fabric, MIT President L. Rafael Reif says.
“In profound and pervasive ways, the technologies humans invent in the present will set the terms of our shared future,” Reif says. “The global race to advance those technologies will help determine the nature of society itself. Through the work of the task force, we hope to help the nation and the world reflect on what kind of society we aspire to — and come together to make it real.”