Flashpoint: AI’s impact on the average worker; Chatting with Michigan’s ‘Teacher of the Year’

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DETROIT – Welcome to Flashpoint. A very happy Mother’s Day, especially you, Betti Scillian in Orlando, Florida. Here’s hoping it’s a beautiful day.

We’ve been focusing a lot on the future of work—in-person workplaces, the skills necessary in the future talent pool, and the innovations coming around mobility. Lately, there has been a lot of conversation, of course, about artificial intelligence. In about a week and a half, the Automate Conference will arrive in Detroit, and in a way, robotics and automation were one of our first introductions to the power of AI. With the rise of robots that are more and more capable, where does it leave the average worker?

This coming week, we’ve got a gathering of New Deal Democrats coming to Michigan. The last Michigan election has Democrats across the country salivating—they took over the majority in the Capitol and won the top three statewide posts. And the Michigan GOP is in such disarray that some frustrated Republicans like Dave Trott are now working to form a third political party. We’ll talk about that next week. But for Democrats, does this New Deal resemble anything FDR would recognize? What does it mean to be a New Deal Democrat?

And we are also talked with the Michigan Teacher of the Year. For the first time in more than a decade, it’s a Detroit teacher.

You can view the May 14, 2023, episode of Flashpoint in the video player above.

About the Author:

Devin Scillian is equally at home on your television, on your bookshelf, and on your stereo. Devin anchors the evening newscasts for Local 4. Additionally, he moderates Flashpoint, Local 4's Sunday morning news program. He is also a best-selling author of children's books, and an award-winning musician and songwriter.