Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Opportunity?


Policy and Technology for the Jobs of the Future

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and assistive technologies will transform the future of work, with wide-ranging effects on employment and income distribution. Despite dystopian forecasts of robots replacing workers, AI and intelligent tools also have the potential to foster a more inclusive workforce. Join Chancellor Carol T. Christ and distinguished faculty for an engaging evening featuring Jennifer Granholm ’84, Distinguished Adjunct Professor at Berkeley Law and the Goldman School of Public Policy, and former Michigan governor; and Ken Goldberg, professor and department chair, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. They will discuss the impact of autonomous vehicles and how AI might enhance workers rather than replace them.


Jennifer Granholm

Jennifer Granholm served two terms as Michigan’s 47th governor from 2003 to 2011, and was the Michigan Attorney General from 1998-2002. As Governor, Granholm led the state through a brutal economic downturn that resulted from the Great Recession and a meltdown in the automotive and manufacturing sectors. She worked relentlessly to diversify the state’s economy, strengthen its auto industry, preserve the manufacturing sector, and add new, emerging sectors, such as clean energy, to Michigan’s economic portfolio.

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Ken Goldberg

Ken Goldberg is an artist, inventor, and UC Berkeley Professor focusing on robotics. He was appointed the William S. Floyd Jr Distinguished Chair in Engineering and serves as Chair of the Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Department. He has secondary appointments in EECS, Art Practice, the School of Information, and Radiation Oncology at the UCSF Medical School.

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