Organize Against the Machine: Labor’s Response to AI
September 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Join us for the inaugural installment of our Future of Work speaker series. This event will feature a panel discussion with labor and technology experts moderated by Caroline Egan, research associate at the Center for Social Solutions. The in-person discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A and light refreshments.
This discussion aims to explore the public release of AI tools such as ChatGPT, Bard, and DALL-E, and how so-called “creative work” has suddenly become automatable. Contemporaneously, robots and AI chatbots are being trained and deployed to serve as therapists, nurses, and emergency responders, suggesting that other forms of work may one day be threatened by automation as well. In response, workers have been organizing in anticipation of AI’s growing functionality and usability. WGA and SAG-AFTRA have made AI policy and regulation a central part of their demands. The AFL-CIO has convened a working group to discuss artificial intelligence policy and regulation. In a world where experts are warning about the advent of AI extinction, workers are already facing a choice: behave like a robot or be replaced entirely. How do we fight for the dignity of human workers in an automated world?