New Report Suggests How Communities Can Prepare for Automation

Robots – I read the article “New study shows what your community needs to do to survive the impact of automation” a couple of days ago and it has some interesting ideas on how to approach the impact of automation. The article addressed the report “America at Work: A National Mosaic and Roadmap for Tomorrow” recently published by Walmart.

You might think this is an odd report coming from Walmat, but Walmat is the largest employer in the US with 1.5 million employees. They have already taken an active role in providing employees trainging opportunities.

This report looks at more than 3,000 counties across the US, analyzing their economic, demographic, and educational attainment data. The counties are then assigned into one of eight archetypes. Each archetype has its own set of recommended actions.

Some of the findings:

  • automation isn’t going to completely wipe out most jobs
  • people will need to learn new skills in order to work side by side with machines
  • without retraining workers will be left behind financially and isolated socially
  • few, if any, places will be immune to the impact of automation
  • successful preparation for automation will require communities to take an integrated approach with cooperation across a range of public, private, and nonprofit stakeholders

If you are interested in this topic you may want to download the 44-page PDF of the  Walmart report and read it all.

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