Shestakofsky

Benjamin Shestakofsky

Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania
Chapter Member: New York City SSN
Areas of Expertise:
  • Public Health
  • Labor

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About Benjamin

Shestakofsky’s research examines how innovations in computing are affecting work and employment, organizations, and economic exchange. 

In the News

Benjamin Shestakofsky's research on software automation and work discussed in Peter Miscovich, "The Future is Automated. Here's How We Can Prepare For It," World Economic Forum, January 17, 2017.
Benjamin Shestakofsky's research on software automation and work discussed in Gillian Tett, "How Robots Are Making Humans Indispensable," Financial Times, December 22, 2016.

Publications

"Working Algorithms: Software Automation and the Future of Work" Work and Occupations 44, no. 4 (2017): 376-423.

Finds two forms of human-software complementarity: computational labor that supports or stands in for software algorithms and emotional labor aimed at helping users adapt to software systems. Suggests how the dynamism of the organizations in which software algorithms are produced and implemented will contribute to labor's enduring relevance in the digital age. 

"More Machinery, Less Labor? Jobs and Technological Change in the 19th and 21st Centuries" Berkeley Journal of Sociology 59 (2015): 86-90.

Compares today’s digital revolution with the industrial revolution to demonstrate the surprising ways in which automation can intensify the use of human labor.