Employment and Jobs

Fitzpayne and Speicher: “Automation is rewiring the future — the time for action is now”

May 17, 2019  • Alastair Fitzpayne & Joe Speicher

Alastair Fitzpayne, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute’s Future of Work Initiative, and Joe Speicher, Executive Director of the Autodesk Foundation, authored an op-ed first published in The Hill. A short excerpt is below.

Automation might lead to the elimination of millions of jobs, while vastly changing others. While technological change presents challenges, it also offers opportunities to improve the quality of work and address the major challenges facing society today.

But technology is not destiny. The impact of innovation is mediated by our policies and institutions, and we are facing a pivotal moment.

To leverage the opportunity and overcome the challenges requires action from policymakers in federal, state and local governments, as well as from employers, worker organizations, education and training providers, civil society organizations and community leaders. We need all hands on deck.


Read the full article in The Hill