How will work change in the age of big data and artificial intelligence? What will happen to patterns of working, and to the role played by employment in society as a whole?
During the past couple of decades, automation, digitisation, and global trade have dramatically reshaped how firms organise, operate, and compete. These changes, in turn, are having far-reaching consequences for labour. But the developments of the near future could leave these recent changes in the shade.
Over the next 10-20 years, we are likely to witness even greater disruptions to the workforce. These changes are being fuelled by demographic and socioeconomic trends, like rapid urbanisation and globalisation, as well as even faster advances in technologies such as the mobile internet, wearable computers, increased automation, and pervasive machine learning.
In some forecasts of the future, nearly everyone will be displaced from employment by various sorts of robot. In other scenarios, many new jobs will emerge, though with different characteristics and requirements from traditional occupations.
Many important questions arise. For example, how will automation, digitisation, and global trade affect households, firms, and geographies, as these changes unfold? What are the implications for possible increased inequality and differential effects by race, gender, and socioeconomic background? What is the best approach to preparing for these changes and, indeed, to influence the outcome?
To address the above topics, this event will feature a number of panellists and an interactive audience discussion.
The event is jointly hosted by GlobalNet21, Conway Hall Ethical Society, and London Futurists.
== The panellists ==
Dr. Becky Faith, https://www.ids.ac.uk/people/becky-faith/ is a Research Fellow and Co-Leader of the Digital and Technology cluster. Becky’s professional experience and research interests encompass mobile communication studies, human computer interaction and technology for social change.
Charles Radclyffe www.dataphilos.com is the Head of AI at Fidelity International and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Bristol. He is a regular contributor to Forbes on the subject of Digital Ethics and gave a TEDx on why we should think differently about the impact of robots and jobs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRwvFvQ3M3o.
David Wood is the Chair of the London Futurists, and Executive Director of the technoprogressive think-tank Transpolitica. David was one of the pioneers of the smartphone industry. He has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in London since 2005, and a Fellow of the IEET (Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies) since January 2015. His forthcoming new book is "Sustainable Superabundance", https://transpolitica.org/projects/abundance-manifesto/.
The event will be chaired by Francis Sealey of GlobalNet21, http://www.meetup.com/GlobalNet21/.
== Logistics ==
The event will be taking place in the Brockway Room in Conway Hall, 2 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R 4RL.
The £5 entry fee per person goes towards room hire and upkeep at Conway Hall. The entry fee is paid when you RSVP, via a PayPal interface. Note that you can use this interface even if you don't have a PayPal account.