By Kathy Henrich and Laura Schmidt
Artificial Intelligence has the potential to be extremely disruptive to the labor market. While there are multiple perspectives on the future, a study by Oxford stated that 47% of the current tasks performed by American workers are expected to be automated. AI will have positive impacts, but also will present multiple challenges. On the positive side, according to a study by Accenture, it is anticipated that the annual economic growth rate will nearly double by 2030. This means that like prior automation trends, higher productivity and standards of living will follow. However, there is no doubt that the transition will be painful for both organizations and individuals whose livelihood is disrupted. As a result, we need to create plans to prepare the next generation of workers and re-skill the existing population. This paper is intended to start the discussion on how to best prepare the Wisconsin workforce of the future including existing resources, programs, and future plans.