Machines and the Future of Work

Question: How are machines impacting human jobs, organizations and economies?

Robotics and Artificial Intelligence technologies are expected to fundamentally transform the nature of work, to potentially eliminate many jobs, and to create entirely new jobs. While these questions are typically studied by labor economists, this theme complements the traditional approach using methods from data science, complex systems, and network science to shed new light on these processes.

Principal Investigator(s)

Alex Rutherford

Iyad Rahwan


Demetris Avraam

Xiangnan Feng

Inho Hong

Selected Papers/ Projects

'The Automated Life'

Moro, E., Frank, M. R., Pentland, A., Rutherford, A., Cebrian, M., & Rahwan, I. (2021). Universal resilience patterns in labor markets.Nature Communications12, Article 1972.

Chen, H. C., Li, X., Frank, M., Qin, X., Xu, W., Cebrian, M., & Rahwan, I. (2021). Automation impacts on China’s polarized job market.Journal of Computational Social Science. Advance online publication.

Xu, W., Qin, X., Li, X., Chen, H., Frank, M., Rutherford, A., Reeson, A., & Rahwan, I. (2021). Developing China's workforce skill taxonomy reveals extent of labor market polarization. Humanities and Social Sciences Communications8, Article 187.

Hong, I., Frank, M. R., Rahwan, I., Jung, W.-S., & Youn, H. (2020). The universal pathway to innovative urban economies. Science Advances6(34), Article eaba4934.

Frank, M. R., Autor, D., Bessen, J. E., Brynjolfsson, E., Cebrian, M., Deming, D. J., Feldman, M., Groh, M., Lobo, J., Moro, E., Wang, D., Youn, H., & Rahwan, I. (2019). Toward understanding the impact of artificial intelligence on labor. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America116(14), 6531–6539.

Alabdulkareem, A., Frank, M. R., Sun, L., AlShebli, B., Hidalgo, C., & Rahwan, I. (2018). Unpacking the polarization of workplace skills. Science advances4(7), Article eaao6030.

Frank M. R., Sun L., Cebrian M., Youn H. & Rahwan I. (2018). Small cities face greater impact from automation. Journal of the Royal Society Interface15(139), Article 20170946.

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