How Consumer Scientists Can Thrive in the Coming Age of Automation

Dr. John Ennis
Vice President of Research Operations
The Institute for Perception

We stand on the brink of an age both exciting and frightening, while machines stand ready to perform the bulk of human labor at a seemingly exponential rate. But the labor that machines can and will perform is not merely physical - already machines are helping navigate us to locations, assisting with travel planning, providing introductions in settings both social and professional, and even participating in medicine through activities such as identifying tumors in radiological scans. The rise of machine labor will bring greatly increased productivity, but with the risk that those who failed to prepare for this change will find themselves marginalized. Hence, it is essential that all professionals prepare for this coming change. In this talk we discuss specific topics on which consumer scientists can focus to thrive in the coming age of automation.