Automation and the Future of Work: Will This Time Be Different?

Jason Furman, Harvard Kennedy School and Gideon Lichfield, MIT Technology Review

Jason Furman on the role that policy and governance will play in keeping the US workforce competitive in AI, and related fields.

Jason Furman, Professor of the Practice of Economic Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Jason Furman is a professor of the practice of economic policy at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). He is also nonresident senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. A top economic advisor for eight years to President Obama, he served as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers from August 2013 to January 2017. Previously Furman held a variety of posts in public policy and research. In public policy, he worked at the Council of Economic Advisers and the National Economic Council during the Clinton administration, and also at the World Bank. In research, he was a director of the Hamilton Project and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and he has served in visiting positions at various universities, including NYU's Wagner Graduate School of Public Policy. Furman has conducted research in a wide range of areas, including fiscal policy, tax policy, health economics, Social Security, technology policy, and domestic and international macroeconomics. In addition to articles in scholarly journals and periodicals, he is the editor of two books on economic policy. He holds a PhD in economics from Harvard University.

Gideon Lichfield, Editor in Chief, MIT Technology Review

Gideon Lichfield has been the editor-in-chief of MIT Technology Review since December 2017. He spent 16 years at The Economist, first as a science and technology writer and then in postings to Mexico City, Moscow, Jerusalem, and New York City. In 2012 he left to become one of the founding editors of Quartz, a news outlet dedicated to covering the future of the global economy that is now widely recognized as one of the most innovative companies in digital media. Gideon has taught journalism at New York University and been a fellow at Data & Society, a research institute devoted to studying the social impacts of new technology. He grew up in the UK and studied physics and the philosophy of science.


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