At this event, Joseph Aoun argues that the growth in AI does not have to result in a widespread fear of the future.

22 January 2018


Joseph Aoun, President, Northeastern University; Author, Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
Chair: Charles Arthur, Technology Editor, The Guardian (2009-14)


Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the scope of machine learning is growing at an accelerated rate. It has been estimated that by 2035 economic growth will increase by an average of 1.7 per cent across 16 major industries as a direct effect of AI technology. It is now within a machine’s abilities to perform high-skilled human functions, such as coordinating legal research, analysing vast swaths of data and helping with day-to-day business administration. What does this mean for the future of jobs? And is there any way that people can protect their livelihoods from the expanding reach of AI and thus safeguard their financial futures?

Joseph Aoun, president of Northeastern University, argues that this growth in AI does not have to result in a widespread fear of the future. He proposes that the best way to prepare for the inevitable effects of AI on industry is to teach the next generation of students to fill societal needs that even the most sophisticated artificial intelligence agent cannot, outlining the ways that society and the education system can prepare future workers to adapt and thrive in an AI economy.