A fleet of robots flies overhead. A driverless car takes someone to the grocery store. A computer system can do a person's taxes from just a picture of a tax form.
It all sounds like another sequel to “Back to the Future,” but it’s not. Automation and easily accessible information has had a drastic effect on everyday life, and now national economists and state leaders say it’s affecting jobs.
How the workforce is educated, and reeducated, in the years to come will be key for reducing the impact of automation.
“We have to be thinking about both today and tomorrow and making sure that we are training our workforce not only for today’s jobs but also for tomorrow’s jobs,” North Dakota Commerce Commissioner Michelle Kommer said.