One-third of McDonald’s locations have introduced self-service kiosks while Amazon recently confirmed it has more than 100,000 robots working in its warehouses. Not surprisingly, 36 million Americans hold hourly jobs with “high exposure” to automation. While Amazon has committed to spend $700 million to retrain a third of its workforce, others aren’t so lucky: a recent Accenture study revealing only 3% of executives plan to significantly increase training budgets over the next few years. But the US has a long history of automation having a positive impact on the labor market. Come hear the experts separate fact from fiction around automation’s real impact on US workers, and how emerging tech is helping workers upskill and reskill faster.
Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.