Future of Work, Automation and Workforce Data


Advisory Committee Meeting on Future of Work, Automation and Workforce Data
Thursday, May 24, 2018, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Lower Level Conference Room
925 L Street, Sacramento, CA
425 S Palos Verdes Street
San Pedro, CA 90731

Meeting Background: The Little Hoover Commission is conducting a study on the applications and implications of artificial intelligence (AI). Its first hearing focused on the key challenges of AI in California, its economic implications and how it can be used to solve societal ills. Following the hearing, Commissioners indicated they wanted to learn about how California is preparing for the impacts of automation using state-owned data and discuss future workforce impacts. This advisory committee meeting will allow state officials, labor union representatives and other stakeholders the opportunity to discuss how the state collects labor data and share their views on how improvements can be made so long-term projections better reflect impacts of AI.

Meeting Goals: To allow stakeholders to share information on labor data and its current limitations, discuss potential changes in the workforce and brainstorm on how the state can create and obtain better information to inform its planning decisions. The intent is to inform Commission recommendations.

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.              

Welcome and Introductions
David Beier, Chair, Artificial Intelligence Subcommittee
Iveta Brigis, Vice Chair, Artificial Intelligence Subcommittee
Sean Varner, Vice Chair, Little Hoover Commission

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.
Government Agencies            

  • Understanding the lack of long-term labor data: What role does your state agency play in the creation of labor data and workforce planning? Does your agency develop or use long-term labor projections? What are the limitations of that information when considering how AI will impact future jobs? What essential state policies are implicated by correct or incorrect labor projections? How are you planning for the impacts of automation, AI and robotics? What labor data predictions do you wish the state had?

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
All Participants 

  • Trends in the future of work: How is your organization or agency researching AI and automation? What are the data sources you use? What are the limitations of current data, and how could they be improved? What are the three or four major trends in job losses and gains, changes in the nature of work and evolution in the skills necessary for the jobs of the future due to AI?

11:15 – 11:45 a.m.
All Participants

  • Opportunities and impacts of AI and machine learning: Based on your own research and knowledge, what are the biggest ways AI and machine learning might impact the State of California, its residents and its current and future workforce? How can we work together to incorporate data-driven decision-making and strategic planning in discussions regarding the impacts of automation?

11:45 – 12:00 p.m.              

Final Comments

There will be an opportunity for public comment at the end of the discussion. Please notify Commission staff if you would like to make a comment.