Why the Rise of the Machines Won’t Result in the End of Work: An Interview With Ravin Jesuthasan

Apr 4, 2019 8:57:19 AM / by HR Tech

If you scan the news on any given day, you may see a few articles covering the increased use of automation and AI technology. From “Are Robots Competing for Your Job”[i] to “Preparing the Human Workforce for the Machine Workforce”[ii], what does this really mean for you and your employees’ future?

Your chance to learn more about the “rise of the machines” is here! We’re excited to let you know that Ravin Jesuthasan, a recognized thought leader and author on the future of work, automation and human capital, is the Closing Keynoter for the 2019 HR Tech Conference. During his keynote, Reinventing Jobs: Automation and the Future of Work, Ravin will discuss his research and examples on how automation, via machines and robotics, results in the transformation of work, organizations and humanity.

During a recent interview with Ravin, he shared, “Robotics and AI will improve jobs and careers, not destroy them. During my keynote at HR Tech, I’ll discuss how leaders can truly prepare for the coming age of automation and further demonstrate how we can optimize human-automation combinations that are not only more efficient but also generate improved performance within your own organization.”

The Fourth Industrial Revolution Has Arrived

Ravin is focused on going beyond the hype — in his keynote he’ll not only present his emerging research but will also explore applicable outcomes drawn from his many years of collaboration and hands-on work with leading global organizations like the World Economic Forum. He’ll separate fact from fiction and take you on a journey to help you understand the why, what and how behind the future of work.

Ravin’s growing body of work focuses on helping HR leaders discover how to deconstruct jobs, identify the optimal source of work for various tasks and then reconstruct new and fundamentally different jobs. Elaborating further on his ongoing research, Ravin says, “The fourth industrial revolution has arrived, heralding a transformative change in work with widespread consequences for companies and individuals.”

His latest book, Reinventing Jobs: A 4-Step Approach for Applying Automation to Work, co-authored with John Boudreau, Ph.D., Professor and Research Director at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, provides business and HR leaders with a roadmap for responsibly and sustainably achieving the optimal combinations of humans and machines.

Ravin commented “The job is no longer the unit of analysis — automation doesn’t affect jobs directly — it affects the underlying tasks.”

Popular Speaker, Author, Consultant

Ravin is a Managing Director at Willis Towers Watson and is also the co-author of Transformative HR: How Great Companies Use Evidence-Based Change for Sustainable Advantage and Lead The Work: Navigating a World Beyond Employment. He has been recognized as one of the 25 most influential consultants in the world and one of the top 8 future of work influencers. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Steering Committee on Work and Employment.

When asked about his more than 100 articles and contributions to sites such as Forbes and the Harvard Business Review, he mentioned, “I’m always looking for opportunities to advance the state of practice in our profession. Continual research and writing help me stay current with what’s going on in the industry.”

See Ravin Live at HR Tech

Join us the morning of Friday, October 4 when Ravin will be taking the stage to deliver the closing keynote at HR Tech. Secure your pass today to hear from Ravin and other top visionaries at the HR Tech Conference.


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[i] Lepore, Jill. The New Yorker. Are Robots Competing For Your Job? Retrieved from: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/03/04/are-robots-competing-for-your-job

[ii] Pandya, Jayshree. Forbes. Preparing The Human Workforce For The Machine Workforce. Retrieved from: https://www.forbes.com/sites/cognitiveworld/2019/03/21/preparing-the-human-workforce-for-the-machine-workforce/#56d382c82f7d

Topics: HR’s future challenges, HR Tech Conference, Ravin Jesuthasan, Future of Work

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