The Future of Work

The Future of Work

The Berkeley Work and Intelligent Tools and Systems (WITS) working group explores how to shape the world we want in the age of intelligent tools. The challenge, deep and real, is to architect that world, to find ways of working, earning, and learning that support the healthy development of our societies and economies, and the people who inhabit them.


WITS represents an interdisciplinary and international group of researchers from the fields of engineering and data science, economics, sociology, and political science. Through connections with international institutions and stakeholders, WITS supports ongoing dialogue and guides research, policy, and practice.

The groups supporting WITS’s first major programs included the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy (BRIE), ETLA (Institute on the Finnish Economy), California in the Global Economy Project at the UC Berkeley Institute for Governmental Studies (IGS), Community and Regional Development Unit (UC Davis), Stanford Silicon Valley — New Japan Project, The American Jobs Project.

WITS is a program of BRIE (Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy), which joined CITRIS as an affiliated center in fall 2018, adding deep expertise on the relationship between technology, the international economy, and the future of work and prosperity.