In this episode we speak to Ben Cumming who is preparing a Chatham House conference on this very subject, which will take place at the British Academy, on the 27th June 2016 in London.

Chatham House

Well known for its rigorous and high quality research, Chatham House is also famous for its eponymous rule of engagement. Under the Chatham House rule  participants are free to use the information received during a meeting but may not reveal the identity or the affiliation of the speaker. This fosters openness and the free flow of ideas, a crucial tool for discussing complex global challenges. 

Future of Work: A Digital Dystopia?  

Will artificial intelligence replace traditional job roles or accelerate the rise of new, growth-generating industries? One of the keynote speakers at this event, Sir Charlie Mayfield, chairman of the John Lewis Partnership and the UK Commission for Employment, believes that the British workforce needs to undergo a radical change to keep up with technological advances and achieve a much needed overhaul of its productivity

If a complete step-change is required in the labour market, the following key questions need to be addressed:

  • What skills will future workers require? Where are the greatest skills gaps?
  • What does this mean for education and training priorities across different economies?
  • What are the resulting challenges for defining employer/employee relationships, and what are the most effective regulatory regimes for managing this shift?

The Chatham House Future of Work conference will address these questions with key insights from senior policy-makers representing South-Africa, Sweden, Norway and the UK, as well as businesses including Uber, IBM, Google DeepMind, LinkedIn and GE.

For more information, please go to the event website.