Aside from all the jokes about robot armies and SkyNet, robotics will have a profound impact on the future of how America works. And not in just a few industries, but in an ever-expanding area that includes agtech, automotive, construction, labor, logistics, healthcare, and more.
Automation is inevitable, and yet technological advances often result in lower wages and employment – a phenomenon known as the displacement effect. As this MIT study – who has measured the effect of robots at work – notes, the impact is significant.
Is the US really prepared for the coming impact? It’s an important question and luckily we have the right person to answer it. We are pleased to announce that United States Secretary of Labor, Marty Walsh, will be joining us online at: TC Sessions: Robotics 2022 on July 21.
Consider this: Amazon already has a fleet of more than 500,000 autonomous mobile robots. And thanks to the labor shortage caused by the pandemic, investors have been throwing money at robotics and automation startups. But what happens to those displaced workers once automation is up and running?
We ask Walsh that question and much more during In the aptly named presentation The Changing Face of Work. We look forward to hearing the highly qualified Labor Secretary discuss what employers and regulators need to do to prepare for these radical changes.
Secretary Walsh, a lifelong champion of justice and fairness, and a proud product of the city of Boston, leads the United States Department of Labor with a strong connection to working people and a commitment to creating an economy that works for everyone.
Prior to his appointment, Walsh served as mayor of Boston from 2014 to 2021, where he led the creation of nearly 140,000 jobs and helped secure a national minimum wage of $15 an hour, paid sick leave and paid parental leave. He established a universal, high-quality preschool for all children and a free community college for low-income students.
As head of the Building and Construction Trades Council from 2011 to 2013, Walsh worked with business and community leaders to promote high-quality development. He created a program called Building Pathways that has become a model for increasing diversity in the workplace and providing good career opportunities for women and people of color.
From 1997 to 2014, Walsh served as a state representative for one of the most diverse districts in Massachusetts. There he focused on creating good jobs, protecting workers’ rights, expanding mental health services and investing in public transportation.
TC Sessions: Robotics 2022 is a free online event, taking place on July 21. YYou can follow all sessions and join the robotics community online for quick networking, chats and face-to-face meetings. just register here for free†