ERIC Number: ED244120
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: N/A
Impact of Robots and Computers on the Workforce of the 1980's. Hearings before the Subcommittee on General Oversight and the Economy of the Committee on Small Business. House of Representatives, Ninety-Eighth Congress, First Session (May 17 and 18, 1983).
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Small Business.
This document is a transcript of a Congressional hearing held in May 1983 to discuss the impact of robots and computers on the work force of the 1980s. At the hearing, testimony was given and prepared statements were recorded from more than a dozen persons representing universities, technological industries, government and private agencies that predict the future, persons concerned with employment projections, and persons involved in robotics. Some of those who testified predicted a very gradual impact resulting from automation in the workplace, and some estimated enormous change. For example, one expert pointed out that automation in offices is just beginning and may result in worker displacement far greater than has so far occurred in industry. On the other hand, a substantial portion of the testimony concerned the unreliability of the methods of gathering employment statistics and, therefore, the inaccuracy of the projections derived from them. Other witnesses discussed training programs that their companies or unions were conducting to retrain workers who had been displaced by automation. Recommendations were made for federal programs to retrain workers for high technology jobs. (KC)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Small Business.