The work of the future: creating better jobs

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“For too long American workers have been left behind. Business leaders have a responsibility to their employees to understand the challenges and opportunities associated with creating better jobs. This book, based on cutting-edge research and real-world insights, provides actionable recommendations for making technology work for, not against, most workers.
Indra Nooyi, former Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo

For immediate release

Cambridge, MA, January 25, 2022— Why the United States lags other industrialized nations in sharing the benefits of innovation with workers and how we can fix the problem.

The United States has too many low-quality, low-paying jobs. Every country has its share, but those in the United States are particularly poorly paid and often without benefits. Meanwhile, overall productivity is steadily rising and new technologies have transformed large parts of the economy, improving the skills and wages of the highest-paid knowledge workers. What’s wrong with this picture? Why have so many workers benefited so little from decades of growth? The work of the future: Creating better jobs in the age of smart machines (on sale 01/25/22 from the MIT PRESS) by David Autor, David A. Mindell and Elisabeth Reynolds shows that technology is neither the problem nor the solution. We can create better jobs if we create institutions that take advantage of technological innovation and also support workers through cycles of technological transformation.

Drawing on the findings of MIT’s multi-year Future Work Task Force, the book argues that we need to foster institutional innovations that complement technological change. Skills programs that emphasize on-the-job and blended (in-person and online) learning, for example, enable workers to become and remain productive in an ever-changing workplace. Industries fueled by new technologies that increase workers can provide good jobs, and federal investment in R&D can help make these industries worker-friendly. We must act to ensure that the labor market of the future offers benefits, opportunities and economic security for all.

about the authors:

David Author is Ford Professor in the Department of Economics at MIT. David A. Mindell is Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Dibner Professor of Engineering and Manufacturing History at MIT and Founder and CEO of Humatics Corporation. Autor and David A. Mindell were co-chairs of the MIT Task Force on Future Work. Elizabeth Reynolds is Special Assistant to the President for Manufacturing and Economic Development at the National Economic Council and was Executive Director of the MIT Task Force on Future Work.

Praise in advance:
“Emerging technologies like AI hold incredible potential to transform our society and economy, but as this book illustrates, they must be combined with innovations in labor market practices to be successful. The expert authors of The work of the future provide tomorrow’s leaders with crucial information to develop a creative vision of the future and ensure that technology generates opportunities in the years to come. »
Eric Schmidt, Co-Founder, Schmidt Futures; former CEO and President of Google

The work of the future by David Autor, David A. Mindell and Elisabeth Reynolds

$29.95 J

ISBN: 9780262046367

192 pages | 6″ x 9″

Publication date: January 25and, 2022


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