Joint Center’s Spencer Overton, Uber’s Malcom Glenn, and the National Urban League’s Don Cravins and Kim Atterbury talked about automation, artificial intelligence, and the future of work on the National Urban League’s podcast.
While automation can bring about positive change such as improved worker performance and new job opportunities, it can also cause displacement. Spencer emphasized that automation threatens to displace communities of color disproportionately.
In particular, African Americans face unique challenges in labor market transitions, such as implicit bias in hiring and evaluation, a lack of digital readiness, and lack of access to transportation and social networks. We need to think critically about these challenges and take steps to ensure African Americans make the transition to the new economy.Listen to the episode here