With the recent advancements in computer technologies, particularly in terms of making sense of large amounts of information (big data), it is becoming possible to automate many non-routine tasks, both intellectual and manual, and some researchers estimate that 47 percent of a US jobs will disappear in the next two decades due to computerisation (Brynjolfsson and McAfee, 2011). According to Frey and Osborne (2013), there are still some bottlenecks to automation, but beyond them “it is largely already technologically possible to automate almost any task, provided that sufficient amounts of data are gathered for pattern recognition” (p.23). The objective of this session is to discuss the expected impacts of automation in the nature of work and what needs to be changed in education for the next generation to get ready for these changes.

José Eduardo Roselino, Federal University of São Carlos
Rolf Findeisen, Otto von Guericke Universität Magdeburg

Carlos Rodrigues Rocha, Federal Institute of Rio Grande do Sul
Gustavo Franco Barbosa, Federal University of São Carlos
Gustavo Pessin, Instituto Tecnológico Vale
Patrick Yuri Shinzato, University of São Paulo, São Carlos
Rodrigo da Silva Guerra, Federal University of Santa Maria
Sami Haddadin, Leibniz University Hannover
Sven Schimpf, Fraunhofer IAO Competence Center R&D Management
Till Becker, BIBA - Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik GmbH
Tobias Meisen, RWTH Aachen University
Ulrike Thomas, Chemnitz University of Technology