ASU president issue warning about technology disrupting the economy

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[L]ook “with cold, steely eyes at how competitive you are and not how competitive you were.”
By Paul Maryniak | Ahwatukee Foothills News

Arizona is “under-prepared” for the disruption that technology will bring to its economy and society in general over the next two decades, Arizona State University President Michael Crow warned last week.

Addressing attendees at the East Valley Partnership’s annual economic outlook presentation, Crow presented a series of dismal slides on Arizona’s economy as he urged the audience to look “with cold, steely eyes at how competitive you are and not how competitive you were.”

He recounted a conversation he had had a week earlier with the second-highest executive in Google X, who predicted that technology will replace 30 percent of all current jobs within the next 10 years, and said that those most vulnerable in Arizona are workers with only a high school diploma.

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