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"Maine’s Workforce Challenges in an Age of Artificial Intelligence"

by McDonnell, Joseph W (2019)


Artificial intelligence will improve productivity, expand the economy, and significantly alter many jobs. To accommodate these changes, Maine will have to upgrade workforce skills in a rapidly changing economy. This article recommends policy proposals in response to the rise of artificial intelligence, including (1) training programs for current and displaced workers; (2) revamped postsecondary education programs to provide a wider group of students with the skills necessary in a postindustrial society; and (3) a much closer relationship between government, employers, and educational institutions to develop the future workforce for Maine. The paper also looks at the deliberations about workforce development in the early twentieth century as the United States transitioned from a largely agricultural economy to an industrial one for insights from the past in arriving at educational programs suitable for a postindustrial society.


Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Postindustrial Society, Political Economy


Unemployment, Employment, Fourth Industrial Revolution, AI and Computerisation, Automation

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