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


Inho Hong

Xiangnan Feng

Selected Papers

I. Hong, M. R. Frank, I. Rahwan, W.-S. Jung, H. Youn (2020). The universal pathway to innovative urban economies. Science Advances. 6(34):eaba4934

M. R. Frank, D. Autor, J. E. Bessen, E. Brynjolfsson, M. Cebrian, D. J.  Deming, M. Feldman, M. Groh, J. Lobo, E. Moro, D. Wang, H. Youn, I.  Rahwan (2019). Toward Understanding the Impact of AI on Labor. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 116(14):6531–6539

A. Alabdulkareem, M. R. Frank, L. Sun, B. AlShebli, C. Hidalgo, I. Rahwan (2018). Unpacking the polarization of workplace skills. Science Advances, 4(7):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 Interface. 15(139).

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