LaGrandeur @ ThoughtWorks April 18, 2017
New York, NY

For all the election talk of immigration, terrorism, and outsourcing, there’s actually one real cause for the unrest in America’s industrial heartland: technology. In literally every industry, from farming to factory work, “disruption” is leading to large scale worker displacement and ultimately desperation.

But why is it happening and who’s to blame? And what can we do about it?

Join us on Tuesday, April 18, as we convene a panel of experts to examine the issue of technology-driven unemployment.

We’ll consider the following questions:

• What’s novel about this disruption compared to earlier periods of social change?

• What possible solutions are there for the disruption caused by worker displacement?

• How can technologists responsibly think about the issue of worker displacement before putting their products into the world?

• Could this all lead to something like an anti-tech revolution?

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Panel starts at 7 p.m.

There will be live note-taking for people with hearing difficulties.

Co-produced by ThoughtWorks and Civic Hall


• Kevin LaGrandeur—Professor, New York Institute of Technology; editor, Surviving the Machine Age.

• Moderator: Peter Shanley—Head of Partnerships, Civic Hall

Additional panelists to be announced.


• “AI & the Economy”—talk by Economist Erik Brynjolfsson

• “Surviving the invasion of the job-snatchers” - USA Today column by Kevin LaGrandeur