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CWS Summit: Working through uncertainty and change

Handling uncertainty and change were among the themes discussed at the start of the CWS Summit North America conference this week in Dallas. But there was still an upbeat attitude on the future.

“The future is bright, but different and we go digital,” said Lincoln Markham, category director at BP in a keynote presentation led by Bryan Peña, senior VP, contingent workforce strategies at Staffing Industry Analysts.

Another session raised the question of what jobs will be affected by the rise of artificial intelligence and machine learning, as humans and machines are good at different things. The economy was also a point of focus; the US and corporate profits had been rising before the 2008 recession and quickly recovered after it. In contrast, labor’s share of GDP, which was healthy for decades, has fallen sharply since 2000.

More than 1,000 attendees were at the conference. Heard at the conference:

One example of the disruption that will come is driverless cars, Hammons said. If a person can order a driverless car whenever they need one, why would they need to own a car? And what about taxi drivers who will be displaced and even parking garages, if people don’t own a car they need to park?