Frenett has long been fascinated with artificial intelligence, and longer term, he hopes to build machine learning products and pursue a graduate degree in computer science.
Comparing automation to global climate change, he describes both as sweeping transformations to which many people give little thought.
In studying automation, his focus will be “the people whose jobs are at risk of being eliminated within the next 10 or 20 years,” he said at an anniversary event for the Watson program at Amherst last year. “Hearing what they actually have to say, their hopes and fears.”
Such people face a type of instability that touched home for him last year.