On Friday, November 16, 2018, we enjoyed an insightful dialogue with two guest speakers on the future of work in the era of automation. Harlan Findley of Google and Dan Weeks a local entrepreneur working with the SLO Hothouse & SLO Partners, spoke on how they best see organizations and people adapting in the era of AI and machine learning. Jennifer Porcher of Leonard Group moderated the discussion that touched on how companies can reinvest their financial resources as certain jobs are automated and how organizations need to pivot to training employees on soft skills that machines cannot replace. Dan spoke more directly to the local economy and his efforts in creating more head of household jobs for the large local workforce while Harlan begged us not to forget about interpersonal skills and empathetic connection even if you must be oceans away and through a computer screen.
View videos from the event, here.