Julian Counihan

Partner, Schematic Ventures

Schematic Ventures is a new venture capital fund with a focus on industrial technology (supply chain, manufacturing, transportation) founded by Julian Counihan. Julian started a career in technology as a software developer at Fortna where he worked on warehouse control & automation systems. After a period in technology investment banking, he began investing in industrial hardware and supply chain sectors at a venture capital fund in New York. Julian holds an MBA from MIT and a BsC in systems engineering from UVA.

Session Details

Tuesday, June 19 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM 156 ABC (Robotics & AI Summit)

s824 - Panel Discussion: Reprogramming Today’s Workforce for Tomorrow’s Technologies- Impact on Public-Private Partnerships

According to a report by the United Nations last year, nearly one-third of all jobs in first-world countries will be lost to robots and AI in the next 15 years. Even if the report is overly pessimistic, there is no doubt that millions, if not billions, of people, will be affected by automation. Hourly workers in fast food, retail, livery, and shipping are already in the crosshairs. As technology innovators, the panelists will discuss the elephant in the room -- the ethical and policy dilemma of automation and unemployment. They will showcase ways to reduce the friction of technology deployment and demonstrate how collaborative approaches can produce an abundance of opportunities for the US. The industry visionaries will explain the following:

- The importance of shared responsibility in response to public concerns.
- Why the public and private sectors must work in unison to train tomorrow's workforce.
- How to create an infrastructure to educate tomorrow's workforce
- Addressing critical technology gaps to ensure automation and business processes are collaborative and the future is built by robots but directed by humans.

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