Work and Leisure: What Are They For?

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Conference Schedule Below   **   Open to All/No Registration Required

Boston College – Monday Feb. 27

Stokes Hall S195 (Auditorium) – Campus Map and Parking

The relationship between our technologies and our work has always been an intimate one, whether the plow to the ancient farmer or the MRI machine to the neurologist.  Yet we now live in an age in which our technologies are advancing so rapidly that their effects on our future working lives are increasingly difficult to predict. 

While some argue that we are nearing a future in which automated labor will lead to wide-scale unemployment, others claim that the past trend of technology creating more jobs than it destroys will continue.  Either way, in light of the advent of self-driving cars and software that can diagnose diseases, it is prudent for us to consider what technological automation might be able to do for us, what it can never do for us, and how its future might impact our daily working lives. 

This conference will address these themes through the lenses of philosophy, economics, sociology, and computer science, with talks aimed at a non-specialist audience.  It will conclude with the three speakers and an additional participant putting their respective disciplinary insights into dialogue.

Contact: Jon K. Burmeister

More Info on Participants: 

Dr. Robert Margo, Economics        Dr. Juliet Schor, Sociology

Dr. Juliet Floyd, Philosophy            Dr William Griffith, Computer Science