CCR’s second Economists’ colloquium reaffirms the importance of Skills, and highlights Versatility

“Man and Machine: the Impact of Technology on Employment” was the theme of the second CCR economists’ colloquium (see Agenda and meeting Summary).  Several leading economists (Participants), among whom MIT’s David Autor and Frank Levy, debated the potential impact of technology, and reaffirmed that in an age of search and Artificial Intelligence, “21st Century Skills” such as Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication and Collaboration were all the more essential.

The advances of technology were presented by Charles Fadel (CCR – presentation) and Rob Nail (Singularity University – presentation).  David Autor presented the latest curves on the US economy-wide changes in job task content (presentation, page 24 in particular).

Other presentations were given by: (alphabetically)

Quite notably, and echoing CCR’s Futurists’ colloquia, Frank Levy highlighted the importance of versatility of knowledge and skill as a wise response to uncertain economic times.

The Center for Curriculum Redesign is grateful to the Hewlett Foundation, the US Council Foundation and the McGraw-Hill Research Foundation for their support of the research and the event.