Matt Beane: How AI Is Already Changing Our Workplaces


Matt Beane is a researcher & professor in the Technology Management Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara – & the author of the new bestseller, “The Skill Code: How To Save Human Ability In An Age Of Intelligent Machines.”

In his book, Beane delves into the critical challenge of maintaining valuable skills in a world increasingly filled with AI & robots – & warns that younger workers especially are already falling behind in their skill development, a real crisis in the making.

Beane emphasizes that the most valuable skills all of us have acquired were developed through working with older experts who knew more than we do. This underscores that fact that while formal learning provides conceptual knowledge, real mastery comes from hands-on experience gained from working side-by-side with skilled mentors.

But, in business’s aggressive pursuit of productivity through AI & robots today, junior workers are often now separated from experts. And they’re no longer building the knowledge & skills they’ll need in order to progress in their careers.

In this episode, we discuss how AI is disrupting the traditional process that ordinarily ensures junior workers learn directly from more senior experts, & how organizations – & each of us – can navigate these complexities, & leverage AI to enhance our own productivity, innovation & skill development.

As you’ll hear, Beane says many of his professorial colleagues prohibit their students from using AI when they’re preparing class assignments. Find out what he has his students doing instead – his guidance holds profound advice for you as well.

By Mark C. Crowley

Mark C. Crowley is the author of Lead From The Heart: Transformational Leadership For The 21st Century which has been taught in 11 American universities. He is a global speaker, leadership consultant and thought leader on the topics of workplace culture and employee engagement.