Humans Need Not Apply: Reflections on Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Work

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 5:00pm


Thomas Kochan

George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management, MIT Sloan

Andrew McAfee

Co-Founder, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy

Elisabeth B. Reynolds

Executive Director, MIT Industrial Performance Center; lecturer on Innovation and Economic Development; Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Watch the program here.

Join us for a substantive and lively program on AI and the future of work. 

Moderating the program will be Professor Lucas Stanczyk of Harvard University. Professor Stanczyk works on topics at the intersection of political philosophy and political economy. His book manuscript develops a theory of justice in production. His other research and teaching is focused on ethical problems in global energy policy, and the ethics of growing inequality. He has been assistant professor of political science and affiliated faculty of philosophy at MIT. In 2017 he joined the philosophy department at Harvard.

Dr. McAfee is a well-known scientist who studies how technological progress relates to business and society and he is the co-founder of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy. He speaks frequently on the topic of AI and society. Here is a sample TED Talk. He is also the recent co-author, along with MIT economist Erik Brynjolfsson, of Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing our Digital Future.

Professor Thomas Kochan, an esteemed economist, is the George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management, a Professor of Work and Employment Research and the Co-Director of the MIT Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research at the MIT Sloan School of Management.  He is the co-author (along with Lee Dyer) of Shaping the Future of Work: A Handbook for Action and a New Social Contract Here is a video of a recent talk Professor Kochan gave at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs.

Dr. Elisabeth B Reynolds works on issues related to systems of innovation, regional economic development and industrial competitiveness. She has focused in particular on the theory and practice of cluster development and regional innovation ecosystems and advises several organizations in this area. Her current research focuses on the pathways that U.S. entrepreneurial firms take in growing to scale as well as advanced manufacturing. She is co-leading the recently launched MIT Work of the Future initiative with Professors David Mindell and David Autor. 


This program is a J. Herbert Hollomon Memorial Symposium, a memorial instituted by friends and family of the late J. Herbert Hollomon. Herb Hollomon was a distinguished scientist, public servant and MIT faculty member. This endowed memorial symposium has been held every few years for almost 25 years with topics that have included Green Technology: What? How? Why?, The Atomic Bomb: Myth, Memory, and History, Food Scarcity: Fact of Fiction?, Forging Sustainable CommunitiesEnergy and Climate: What Role for Conservation Policy?, Weapons of Mass Confusion, The Ceaseless Society, Pioneering Solutions to Global Challenges, and Gene Patenting: Balancing Access and Information