On April 12, at the North American Think Tank Summit Spencer introduced keynote speaker Michael Chui of the McKinsey Global Institute. MGI was ranked the nation’s leading private think tank in 2017. In his introduction, Spencer highlighted the Joint Center’s research that found that 31% of Latino workers and 27% of Black workers in the United States are concentrated in just 30 jobs at high risk to automation. Spencer also raised a few questions for Michael Chui to consider about the effects of automation, such as:
- Will automation increase racial inequality or decrease racial inequality?
- What policy interventions we can devise to prevent an expansion of inequality from automation?
- Are there strategic interventions we can devise that actually ride the wave of innovation to reduce racial inequality?