Join the #PBSKakou Conversation on The Future of Work

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El-Rae Cachola: How about teaching students to think about the roots of major social and environmental problems, like war, climate change, displacement, and then how technology can be used to support humans ability to solve these problems?
Michel Arakaki: Teacher externship experience offers an avenue for educators to expand their industry-based knowledge and transfer this to the curriculum.
Grace Lin: Love to hear more emphasis on collaboration, working in a team, have a growth mindset, soft skills, be brave to explore, have curiosity
Leihua Naeole: We can’t introduce some of these tech programs in the schools, because this state fails to fund our schools adequately!
Palmer Hafdahl: I am struck by the similarity between robots, artificial intelligence and remote intelligence as outsourcing. Interested to see if the panel recognizes a distinction.
Ray Takai: Higher wages is good for any state no matter what jobs it maybe Fast-food , high skilled job. But for it to work for an individual or for a Family’ is each of these groups of people. Must live within-there means .
Cleo McKeague: Hearing the younger generation feedback is awesome
Susan Mokuahi: There goes 3 architects jobs!! And what happens when there is no power?
Reply by Palmer Hafdahl: Mahalo your concern for my colleagues jobs, but in fact Building Information Modelling can be employed to reduce those mindless repetitive tasks to allow us more creative opportunity with more concise definition. Though I have suggested to my staff that physically measuring a space may be more valuable experienced first hand rather than transferred as a scan of existing facilities. We live interesting times. 🙂
Sandra Munhoz: Machines can not give the Aloha a human being can, the scary future is that they may with time.
Sandy Cameli: Mahalo PBS Hawai‘i for the discussion … we need to change our mindset from what technology is doing “to us” to what can technology do “for us”. Let’s hear from the educators on the panel who have exciting examples from the classrooms!
Nara Sihavong: My son goes to a magnet school, Patino School (HS) in Fresno, CA. It’s an innovative idea of a school, the first of it’s kind in CA. It’s into the 3rd year, and already many top universities like Stanford, MIT, Cal Poly, are connecting and recruiting the students. Hawaii can use this kind of model of a school which I feel is challenging the kids to thrive in the new digital economy. Aloha.



Bobby Widhalm: Why isn’t there more talk about entrepreneurship skill and being the creator of what one does for work instead of always just focusing on “jobs” provided by someone else?
Bobby Widhalm: Thank you @gkkent and @HikariKishi for sharing how you strive to create learning experiences to prepare students for an unknown future and make them self-directed and collaborative and allowing them to find the interests and passion. #PBSKakou #Hi4PublicEd
LN: Perhaps there are two economies: one virtual and one physical. The more we want to be online (virtual) the more we will value some technologies. However, for some of us in the physical world, we’ll still want a roof, water and electricity.
Sylvia Dahlby: Workplace Productivity has increased with technology while wages have remained flat. How can workers reap the benefits of technology in terms of shorter hours for better pay?
Sylvia Dahlby: Norm Baker @alohaunitedway says 40% of Hawaii workers live paycheck to paycheck – we have a need for more skilled trades, plenty good jobs for plumbers & electricians
Tim: We need to embrace automation, but ensure that it does not result in job loss. It should result in higher wages, shorter working weeks, for all workers – particularly when the bosses + top 1% are making more + more while working class wages fall behind.
Tim: The crucial question is who owns the automation. Do the workers, or do the top 1%? That will determine how the benefits are distributed. We need more cooperatively-owned workplaces, so that we don’t automate ourselves out of our own livelihoods.
Sylvia Dahlby: Hawaii employers need to invest in workforce development that includes training, retraining and internal career mobility for employees – career pathing



Lawrence Noa De Rego: That’s what happens when island life catches up with the rest of the world. Automation is happening worldwide and it’ll replace human workers. Most if not all these workers who strike are working for Japanese Investors. I feel sorry the people who will be affected when they do implement full automation.


Petrona Harrell:  And you know whats even scarry, these hotels where our locals are striking are owned by Japanese Corporations based in JAPAN.Two decades later, Quick teamed up with M. Ann McFadyen, a colleague at UTA, to see just how much—if anything—had changed since he diagnosed the chronic workplace problem in the late ’90s.



alvaro.808: It’s never too young to begin learning a new language – even if it’s a computer language. The earlier, the better!
Tracy68: Well… my kiddos code in second grade. They’re the ones who are going to be on the program. We’re really excited.
Thehisandlows: Never too young. I wished I learned when I was younger cause the learning curve gets harder the older you get lol
joseph_kalani_r_abraham: I’m just 11



Rheluj: Slow food slow medicine and more challenging information via technology
maria2island: What happens? Progress and education funding for Hawaii’s K-12. Jobs. Tourism, science. That’s what happens.
Lapakifarms: so when do people start listening to those who are TRYING to help Hawaii and its future??
Gene Lamkin: I believe both technology and Aloha are compatible. It was technology that guided the Polynesians to navigate to the Islands using the stars. The culture has grown with the technology. We need to capitalized the technology to allow families the opportunity to remain on island.
Mrfalk: The future is coming, but we will not become a society worth being a part of unless the greater/collective good is accounted for. Looking to yesterday will help us find a way to a sustainable and just tomorrow.
Dave Crow: Greed, the human condition, I believe Aloha and greed are truly mutually exclusive, Aloha is sacred, greed is not, an important distinction .

Tony Berkhoudt: Because I work in the IT department I at least have some job security as I’m the one setting up and maintaining these devices, however until we reach a point where jobs are almost unnecessary and have AI control everything, there will be a large gap of people who just cannot grasp technology and will be left in the dust.

I can see 2 things happening, we develop AI to do almost any job in a slow manner and just not have to work in a traditional sense anymore and find another way to put value into people’s time so less tech savvy people can adjust or large companies will just be replacing their workers at an alarming rate, kind of like what’s happening now, and will just tell people with simpler jobs to take a hike which will just cause crazy amounts of unemployment and things will just crumble. No one is really slowing down the changes in technology and I feel there will be a time where we literally cannot keep up and we wont have the luxury to adjust.


Chris Nacho Johnson: I feel like this video makes the ever-present advance of technology be the career apocalypse for those who have minimal to no understanding of tech. However it also states that there are several ways to learn and keep up with technology.

Humans have always adapted to new technology and will continue to do so if one has the drive to adapt. Now if replacing humans with A.I. in the workplace becomes a mass trend, then there will definitely be a reaction to that, but I hope we don’t reach that point.

All in all, technology is amazing and should be embraced, but that shouldn’t mean we replace human ingenuity with digital innovation.


Stephen Hughes: I think people blow these A.I. panics out of proportion. Obviously we’re going to need to adapt and change, but videos like this make it seem like it’s a dire problem. People will adapt as we’ve always done, new jobs will arise to replace the ones automated, and who knows? Maybe in just a few decades everything will be be so automated that we won’t need to work at all. “Jobs” will become a thing of the past. Left behind with the other obsolete things like typewriters and fax machines.

Reply by Kapulani Antonio: I was thinking along the same lines that jobs for humans would become obsolete, freeing us up to actually enjoy doing what we love to do with with those we love. Imagine that! Technology doesn’t have to be something we are threatened by. It should be something that helps make life better, shouldn’t it?In some ways, they learned, the climate of workplace sexual harassment appeared to improve—there has been a 28 percent decline in complaints since 1998, according to Quick and McFadyen’s analysis of U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Fair Employment Practices Agencies data.


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