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SXSW 2020

On The Chopping Block: Work in the Future of Food

Robots flip burgers. Self-driving trucks deliver food. Automated kiosks take our food orders. When machines do everything, what work is left for the rest of us? As AI & automation sweep through our workforce, food industry workers are next up on the chopping block. New technologies present an array of new opportunities and challenges for workers in the industry. Business models are emerging that take advantage of tech advancements and cultural shifts around dining. But new skills are need to make it work.

This presentation will highlight those skills with tips to develop them, and equip you with a framework to make sure your organization stays AHEAD in the food industry of the future. Pull up a chair and dig in to this recipe for your success in the future of food.

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  1. What trends are shaping the future of work and which ones apply specifically to the food industry, so you can track the pace of change for yourself.
  2. What key skills will be essential to beating the robots in the future of work and approaches for reskilling workers.
  3. A framework for positioning your organization to thrive in a time of unprecedented digital change.



Desmond Dickerson, Futurist, Cognizant

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Presentation
  • Track: Connection & Culture
  • Level: Intermediate
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