Automation Transformation:
Leveraging Digital Labor in the AI Era

Featuring Julia Kirby, senior editor at Harvard University Press and coauthor of Only Humans Need Apply.
Sponsored by alteryx
Complimentary Video Webinar

Thursday, October 20, 2016

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM US Eastern
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM US Central
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM US Mountain
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM US Pacific
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM GMT

Webinar Overview

Different eras of technology bring massive shifts to the workforce. The industrial revolution shifted workers from farms to factories. In the first era of automation, machines relieved humans of exhausting manual work. Today, Era Two of automation continues to wash across the services-based economy, affecting jobs in industries ranging from agriculture to manufacturing. 

Now Era Three, with the rise of artificial intelligence (AI), is dawning. 

Smart computers are demonstrating they are capable of making better decisions than humans can. Brilliant technologies can decide, learn, predict, and even comprehend much more quickly and accurately than the human brain, and their progress is accelerating. 

So where will this leave companies and workers? How should executives think about a new era of “digital labor”?

In this live, interactive Harvard Business Review webinar, Julia Kirby, coauthor of Only Humans Need Apply, reframes the conversation about AI, arguing that the future of increased productivity and business success isn’t either human or machine. It’s both.

The key is augmentation, utilizing technology to help humans work better, smarter, and faster. Instead of viewing these machines as competitive interlopers, we can see them as partners and collaborators in creative problem solving. The choice is ours.

If you want to know about the most powerful trends on the horizon and how they will affect you, your company, and your workforce, join Julia Kirby and HBR on October 20. You will discover how the most productive workplaces combine talented people with sophisticated machines in high-impact augmentation, and you will come away with new ideas about the future of digital labor.

About the Speaker

Julia Kirby Senior Editor Harvard University Press

Julia Kirby

Senior Editor

Harvard University Press

Julia Kirby is author (with Thomas Davenport) of Only Humans Need Apply: Winners and Losers in the Age of Smart Machines (Harper Collins, 2016). Positively reviewed by the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times, and excerpted by Harvard Business Review and Fortune, the book offers an optimistic game plan for knowledge workers as their employers increasingly rely on cognitive technologies to get work done. Previously, she coauthored Standing on the Sun: How the Explosion of Capitalism Abroad Will Change Business Everywhere. Kirby is a senior editor at Harvard University Press and long-time writer and editor for Harvard Business Review. Prior to joining HBR in 2000, she worked in management consulting, at the Ernst & Young Center for Business Innovation and at Accenture’s Institute for Strategic Change.

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