The chief executive officer of Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation says as we continue to move further into the age of smart machines, the state of work in Indiana is changing. Jamie Merisotis says workers will have to focus on the kind of work that only humans can do as automation becomes more prevalent. “In this age of smart machines, our work isn’t going to focus on the kinds of replicable tasks that machines can do, that the algorithms can do; we’re going to have to do the things that make us human – our ability to be creative and empathetic, our ability to be compassionate, to be collaborators.”

Merisotis talked about the change and his new book, “Human Work in the Age of Smart Machines” in an interview on Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick.

Merisotis gave examples of how certain workers changed how they work, include Joel Lewis, an assembly line worker at Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI). As Cummins developed collaborative robots to work side-by-side with assembly workers, Lewis’ job changed to collaborate with technology and teach others how to do the same.

“In some ways, technology might be scary to people, but in other ways, what we’ve come to recognize is that humans complement what machines do and I think the Joel Lewis and the “co-bots” story is an excellent example of that,” said Merisotis.

You can watch the full interview in the video above.