(TNS) — Local leaders in business, tech, and workforce development have joined forces to “future proof” the Greater Philadelphia economy, as automation and artificial intelligence threatens to wipe out thousands of jobs.
The Future Works Alliance PHL plans to develop and recommend strategies to prepare the region for rapid changes brought by technology and accelerated by the coronavirus pandemic. The nonprofit, founded in June, unveiled its 14-member board and website last week, and seeks 76 founding individuals or groups to contribute ideas and money by the end of the year.
The emerging collaboration comes as the coronavirus speeds up the trend of robots replacing humans in the workplace. Workers whose jobs can be done by machines suffered more layoffs per capita than those with jobs that aren’t as easily automated, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia said in September. People of color were especially harmed, possibly because of their concentration