A Force for Good in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
The Block Center for Technology and Society at Carnegie Mellon University was established to examine the societal consequences of technological change and to create meaningful plans of action.
Artificial intelligence, robotics, machine learning, and advanced manufacturing promise profound impacts across society. While many of these impacts will benefit people, there exists the possibility that many in the labor market will be displaced, and that technology may fundamentally change how people engage with and contribute to their world.
The Block Center will focus on how emerging technologies will alter the future of work, how AI and analytics can be harnessed for social good, and how innovation in these spaces can be more inclusive and generate targeted, relevant solutions that reduce inequality and improve quality of life.
Addressing technological disruption from the perspective of economics, organizations, and public policy, the Block Center's projects will seek to ensure that the benefits of technological change are widely shared, opening new paths to prosperity for all.
How will technology change the nature of work? What types of jobs will no longer be done by humans? Who is at risk of being left behind?
How can artificial intelligence and analytics increase justice and reduce inequality? Can we design algorithms which are transparent and fair? How do we design machines that are worthy of our trust?
How can technology be used to reskill displaced workers? What new work opportunities will technology create? What solutions can we create to alleviate human suffering?
Keith Block: Co-CEO Salesforce
The Block Center was launched thanks to the generosity of Carnegie Mellon University alumnus Keith Block and his wife, Suzanne Kelley. Block is the co-Chief Executive Officer of cloud computing giant Salesforce.com. Salesforce was recently ranked #1 on Fortune's Future 50.
Does Technology Kill Jobs?
- Prof. Lee Branstetter
Using AI in Education to Reduce Inequality
- Prof. Amy Ogan
Ethics and Trust in an Automated World
- Prof. David Danks
Recent & Upcoming Events
- Feb 20 A Dedication to Shared Prosperity
- Feb 19 - Feb 20 Professor Anjali Mazumdar co-hosts Code 8.7 Conference on Using Computational Science and AI to Combat Modern Slavery
- Feb 5 - Feb 6 Dean Ramayya Krishnan speaks at the National Governors Association's "Future Workforce Now: Reimagining Workforce Policy in the Age of Disruption" Summit
- Jan 29 - Jan 31 Professor Alexandra Chouldechova co-chairs ACM Conference on Fairness, Accountability and Transparency of Algorithmic Systems
- Jan 27 - Jan 28 Professor David Danks speaks on "The Value of Trustworthy AI" at the ACM/AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Ethics and Society
In The News
- Salesforce - At Carnegie Mellon, Salesforce co-CEO Keith Block Discusses Radical Shifts in Technology and the Trust Crisis
- Women in Technology Pittsburgh - Highlighting the Top 100 Leaders: 83. Leah Lizarondo - CEO and Cofounder, 412 Food Rescue
- Financial Review - Salesforce boss Keith Block says CEOs must be activists and pressure politicians
- KJZZ (NPR) - U.S. School Funding Linked To Upward Mobility
- NPR - Artificial Intelligence At Home In Pittsburgh
Call For ProposalsThe Block Center is issuing a call for research proposals from Carnegie Mellon University faculty members. Please see the Call For Proposals page for details.
Deadline: April 1, 2019.