The Robots are Coming

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  CyberWork and the American Dream, a one-hour documentary about the “impending transformation of jobs by artificial intelligence,” will debut over the air tomorrow, April 11, at 8 pm PT on PBS SoCal in Southern California. It will also stream free nationwide at or via the PBS app.

Starting with the Industrial Revolution, the film provides a historical framework on how new technologies have impacted the workplace by automating jobs and destroying outdated businesses. It then explores ways to prepare for the next upheaval.

“If we don’t start putting programs in place to deal with the inevitable disruption, you’re going to have pockets of the country, if not larger swaths of the country, having to deal with significant unemployment,” Mark Cuban, sports team owner and tech entrepreneur, says in the documentary.

Other talking heads in the program include Andrew McAfee, co-director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy; chess champion Garry Kasparov; New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman; historian Niall Ferguson; and others.

In addition to PBS SoCal, CyberWork and the American Dream will air free over the air on other PBS stations during April. Visit PBS SoCal for days and times in your area; or check your local listings.

In addition to PBS station websites and the PBS app, PBS shows can also be streamed via PBS Passport, available to viewers who donate a minimum of $5 a month/$60 a year. For more information, visit and select your local station from the tab in the upper left-hand corner.

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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