Seminar: Future of Work

Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Time: 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Location: IMF HQ1 - Atrium 

The New Economy Forum will focus on the future of work from three areas. First, the technological innovations that will bring about the changes in our workplaces and labor markets; second, the skills and education necessary to adapt to those changes and lastly, the socio-economic impact of technological innovations and how to design policies that respond to these changes while ensuring a sustainable and inclusive prosperity.

Moderator: Christine Lagarde
Managing Director, IMF

Jim Clifton

Jeremy Johnson
Founder and CEO

Sara Horowitz
Founder and CEO
Freelancers Union

James Manyika
McKinsey Global Institute

Deborah Greenfield
Deputy Director General for Policy

New Economy Talks

45-Minute discussions on the future of work.

New Economy Talk: Will Technology Prevent the Next Bubble?

Steven Eisman
Senior Portfolio Manager
Eisman group

Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Time: 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: IMF HQ1 - Cedar Hall

Technology will not prevent the next bubble.  The principal causes of the financial crisis were too much leverage and poorly underwritten mortgage loans.  These problems stemmed mainly from poor incentives, bad ethics and ideological blinders.  Better underwriting or more sophisticated algorithms cannot deal with such issues.

Moderator: Tam Bayoumi, Deputy Director of SPR and Author of “Unfinished Business”


New Economy Talk: AI, Automation and Work: Is this time different?

James Manyika
McKinsey Global Institute

Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM -  2:45 PM
Location: IMF HQ1 - Cedar Hall

In this era of self-driving cars and smart phones that predict the words your fingers are about to type, three questions frequently recur in the public debate about automation and its impact on the workplace. First is the existential one about the future of work itself. Given rapid advances in technologies including robotics and artificial intelligence, will there be enough work for humans to do? Second is the question about what those jobs will be, and which skills will be needed for them. Finally, there is the question about what the impact of automation could be on wages.

New Economy Talk: The Role of STEM Education in Preparing Future Global Talent

Carol O’Donnell
Smithsonian Science Education Center
Smithsonian Institution

Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Time: 2:45 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: IMF HQ1 - Cedar Hall

How can we prepare for a post-employment society? Dr. Carol O'Donnell, Director of the Smithsonian Science Education Center, and Ana Rold of the Diplomatic Courier will discuss how--in addition to the technological, economic, socio-economic, and political dimensions of a Post-Employment World--the voice of the "educator" must be heard when discussing the issue of filling the skills gap by 2050. What can we, as educators, do to ensure our students are 21st Century ready?

Moderator: Ana Rold
Publisher and CEO of Diplomatic Courier

New Economy Talk: Why the Liberal Arts Matter in an Algorithmic World

Scott Hartley
Venture Capitalist

Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017
Time: 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
Location: HQ1-Cedar Hall

Scott Hartley, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist and the bestselling author of The Fuzzy and the Techie, offers counterpoint to the exaggerated narrative that technology will rule all. As code becomes commoditized, those with context will have the comparative advantage in innovation. Counterintuitively, in a more automated world, human skills taught in broad-based Liberal Arts programs are of equal, and greater importance, than pure technical skills. Hartley offers a hopeful path forward where Intelligence Augmentation (IA) rather than Artificial Intelligence (AI) will supplement fundamental human problem solving.

Moderator: Ana Rold
Publisher and CEO of Diplomatic Courier

New Economy Talk: Augmented Intelligence: Human + Machine = Amazing Work

Louis Richardson
Chief Storyteller
IBM Watson Customer Engagement

Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017
Time: 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM
Location: IMF HQ1 - Cedar Hall

For many, the future of work is scary. But for me, the current way we work, or don’t work, is scarier. In workplaces across the globe, creative people with incredible potential are overwhelmed with information and distractions that paralyze them from doing meaningful work. In many organizations, being busy has replaced productivity as the measure of success. We’re literally working ourselves to death. But there’s hope. With cognitive computing, we can separate the trivial from the significant and allow our workers to do the things that humans do best, like make decisions, be creative, and just have time to think.