MIT

Work of the future

Challenge Overview

Automation, artificial intelligence, and the Cloud are all dramatically changing the nature of work. Augmented by machines or by algorithms, how we work will be transformed – whether on a Guangzhou factory floor, in the cocoa farms of Ondo, or in high-rise offices in New York City. These transformations will continue to displace many workers in their wakes; eliminating their jobs, squeezing their wages, and requiring them to learn new skills or move to new places. These transformations will also create other jobs and entire new industries we have yet to imagine; they will liberate us from rote tasks, increasing our productivity and leaving us time to explore our creativity and full potential. We must use technology to mitigate this transition for those left behind, and ensure it expands the possibilities for everyone to attain their full potential.

The Solve community aims to find and support tech-based solutions that ensure those left behind by the technological transformations of work can fully participate in and profit from the new opportunities these transformations create. To do so, the Solve community seeks solutions that:

  • Offer pathways to upskill, reskill, and retrain workers, as well as connect them to the demands of employers
  • Develop inclusive platforms that support temporary, informal and freelance workers, helping provide stability, safety nets, and security
  • Include the early participation of women, disenfranchised and low-income communities in the creation of new technologies, jobs, or entire industries

https://solve.mit.edu/challenges/work-of-the-future