Parsing the patents: CMU seeking clear answers on AI in workforce

To researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, the documents could be the key to anticipating how and where advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning will alter jobs across the country. The CMU team is getting at an important question in an area of crowded research. The invasion of robots in the American workforce has been addressed in a tide of reports, with broad agreement among labor economists that virtually all jobs have become more computerized and perhaps half of all jobs are likely to be further automated…
“The advantage of our approach is you can see in a very granular way, where these inventions are emerging,” said Lee Branstetter, a CMU professor of economics and public policy leading the new study that is relying in part of patent filings. “And how this is all changing over time.” The research is one of two projects awarded a total of $550,000 from the Heinz Endowments, which is marking the launch of its Future of Work initiative.