Remote controlled: The impacts of disruptive technologies on the future of work and economic development

We are entering an “age of disruption” where advances in technology have the potential to fundamentally reshape the future of work and economic development in communities across the country. Estimates suggest that almost 50 percent of work activities in Canada have the potential to be automated which could lead to a reduction in overall employment, coupled with a significant shift in the types of skills needed. Remote controlled is a multi-year research program exploring the impacts of disruptive technologies on the future of work and economic development in Canada. More specifically, we are interested in identifying emerging technologies in the mining and agri-food sectors; examining what is driving the adoption of emerging technologies in these sectors; and exploring the impacts on economic development and the future of work.