University of Tennessee: Potential Impact of Autonomous Vehicles on Tennessee’s Economy

Artificial intelligence (AI) and emerging technologies more broadly are rapidly developing and changing the types of goods and services that people demand and the ways in which they are produced and received. As a result, employment in many industries and occupations is being disrupted. The transitions are likely to accelerate during the next decade, further affecting nearly every aspect of life and work. The outcome is Tennesseans can expect the coming decade to be filled with precipitous changes that open new opportunities but also eliminate jobs, companies, and potentially industries.1 The state must evolve by changing the way students and adults are trained and educated, the infrastructure that is built, and the regulations put in place. Workforce development and policy must change at an unprecedented pace if Tennessee is to remain a place where people can achieve highly successful careers and lives and businesses can be productive and competitive in a global environment.