Robots and Religion: Religious Literacy in a Time of Technological Change

20-minute Spotlight Sessions

Day 2

Session Code: Spotlight
When: April 17, 2019
Level: Intermediate
Track: D&I Strategy
Presenter: Cameron Smith, Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding


It’s no secret that artificial intelligence and automation technologies are expected to have a disruptive impact on the global workforce within the coming years, in some instances, replacing workers altogether. Many industries are, in fact, already feeling the effects of what’s being called the “Fourth Industrial Revolution.” With demographic changes and technological advances unfolding in an increasingly globalized world, there is no limit to potential conflicts in the workplace. With such dramatic changes generating high levels of anxiety, it might seem counterintuitive to stress the importance of religion in the workplaces of the future. The arrival of such technological advances, however, is expected to coincide with the growth of religiosity worldwide. An increasingly religious world, however, need not be viewed in contrast with a more technologically advanced world. Tanenbaum is recognized as the leader in assisting with the creation of unique company policies for proactively addressing religion in the workplace. Tanenbaum will draw upon that experience to make the case for utilizing religious literacy to address the workplace challenges of not only the near future, but also the present.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify the obvious and subtle ways in which religion can arise in the workplace
  2. Identify the value of religious literacy in the context of technology-driven changes to the workplace
  3. Learn about Tanenbaum’s better practices for creating religiously inclusive workplaces

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