Future Of Work And AI: Climate Change Of A Different Kind

Just Economy Conference – May 6, 2021

Are the alarms being sounded by community advocates about the profound impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on work, and is the potential for social unrest exaggerated or on point? Four million drivers may lose work when driverless vehicles are perfected and approved. Blockchain and AI innovations are threatening real estate and other industries with massive job loss potential. Yet, today, over seven million jobs remain unfilled because America’s workforce training systems fail to link interested workers with the appropriate training and education needed to fill those jobs. This workshop presents both a view of the anticipated job dislocation and promising answers to the technical challenge of linking workers to new skills in ways that meet industries’ real time needs. Hear how the Godzilla of “stackable credentials” can help defeat the Kong of job dislocation in a post-pandemic world.

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Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Before the pandemic devastated minority communities, banks and government officials starved them of capital.

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

The new study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) with researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, compared 1930’s maps of government-sanctioned lending discrimination zones with current census and public health data.

Table of Content

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Redlining, the HOLC Maps and Segregation
  • Segregation, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
  • Citations
  • Appendix

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