How Do We Work in a World Filling with Robots?

I defended my dissertation at MIT's Sloan School of Management in July of 2017, and am now a faculty member in UCSB's Technology Management Program. I study work involving intelligent machines. I specifically focus on robotics in collaborative work.



What can the practice of surgery with the da Vinci robot teach us about work in the 21st century? I address this question via my field-based study of robotic surgery at a number of hospitals.

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Talks and Consultation

Talks and Consultation

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Robots and Work – Popular Media

My pieces on robots and work in the popular media:


NPR – KJZZ (Phoenix) – “The Show”:


The US Can Lead the Robotics Race with China

Robo-Sabotage is Surprisingly Common

Robots’ Value as Symbols, Signals and Tools


Robots Might Not Take Your Job —But They Will Probably Make it Boring

Students are Getting Terrible Training In Robotic Surgery

Young doctors struggle to learn robotic surgery – so they are practicing in the shadows
The Conversation, Jan 9, 2018

The US can’t beat China’s robots—but it can win by building the machines that make them, March 30, 2017

Robots Add Real Value When Working With Humans, Not Replacing Them
TechCrunch, May 29, 2016

Robo-Sabotage is Surprisingly Common
MIT Technology Review, August 4, 2015

Beyond Safety: Is Robotic Surgery Sustainable?
Robohub, July 29, 2015

Robotics on the Night Shift
MIT Sloan, February 20, 2014

Robots and The Economy: Red Herrings or Canaries in a Coal Mine?
Robohub, April 13, 2013

Robots Won’t Take Your Job, But Automation Might
VentureBeat, November 29, 2012

The Avatar Economy (behind a paywall)
MIT Technology Review, July 18, 2012