In 1990 the three biggest companies in Detroit had a market capitalization of $36bn, revenues of $250bn and 1.2 million employees. In 2014, the three biggest companies in Silicon Valley had a considerably higher market capitalization ($1.09tn) generated roughly the same revenues ($247bn) but with about 10 times fewer employees (137,000). More broadly, smarter machines are beginning to replace all types of workers, from accountants to delivery drivers and from real estate agents to people handling routine motor insurance claims. On one estimate, 47% of US jobs are at risk from automation. Can Learning and Development help our society transform without leaving anyone behind?