The Future of Work

The nature of work is undergoing an enormous transformation with unprecedented implications for humanity. Join Rice University faculty and other scholars from the fields of computer science, engineering, psychology and sociology to examine these profound changes.

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The nature of work is undergoing an enormous transformation with unprecedented implications for humanity. With advances in automation, robotics and deep learning, machines are becoming more capable than ever of tasks traditionally performed by humans. Rapid changes in technology are requiring people to regularly master new skills, including collaborating with machines. Educational and economic gaps are widening, leaving some people even less prepared for the future. Inspired by the De Lange Conference “Humans, Machines and the Future of Work,” computer scientists, engineers, psychologists and sociologists explore new and emerging technologies, labor economics, human-robot collaboration, workforce training for an unpredictable future and strategies to address economic divides, harness human creativity and shape the future of work, life and humanity.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
GHUM2800.S18.1 Future of Work Instructors On-campus 7–8:30 p.m. Monday, March 26, 2018

INSTRUCTOR: Future of Work Instructors
FORMAT: On-campus
SCHEDULE: 7–8:30 p.m.
START DATE: March 26, 2018

Instructor: Future of Work Instructors

March 26. “Humans, Machines and Work: The Future is Now.” Moshe Vardi, Ph.D., Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering and director, Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology, Department of Computer Science, Rice University

April 2. “Lessons From History: The Impact of Shipping Containers on Labor and the Global Supply Chain.” E. Andrew Boyd, Ph.D., contributor, Houston Public Media’s “Engines of Our Ingenuity” and adjunct professor, Department of Industrial Engineering, the University of Houston

April 9. “Human-Machine Collaboration and the Future of Work.” Eduardo Salas, Ph.D., Allyn R. & Gladys M. Cline Chair and professor, Department of Psychology, Rice University

April 16. “Work, Well-being and the Future of Work.” Margaret E. Beier, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Psychology, Rice University and director, Industrial/Organizational Psychology Research Interest Group

April 23. “Understanding Automation: The Technology That Drives Automatic Cars.” Ashok Veeraraghavan, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University

April 30. “What Are Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence?” Richard Baraniuk, Ph.D., Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University and the founder and director of OpenStax College and Connexions

May 7. “Prophetic City: Addressing Houston’s Economic Divides in the Midst of a Technological Revolution.” Stephen Klineberg, Ph.D., professor of sociology; founding director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research

Term: Spring/Summer 2018

Start Date: March 26, 2018

End Date: May 07, 2018

Schedule: 7–8:30 p.m.

Length: Seven Mondays

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $220

Early Registration: $210 if registering by March 12

Rice Alumni: $198

CEUs: 1.05

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