Economic Singularity Club: AI and the future of work

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Join the Economic Singularity Club on February 18th to debate what YOU think the future of work and AI could be.

About the event

The Economic Singularity Club (ESC) was established to encourage more thoughtful debate about the future of jobs. In the coming decades, artificial intelligence (AI) and related technologies will have enormous impacts on the job market. At the moment, no-one can predict exactly what will happen or when.

The outcomes could be anywhere from very good to very bad, and which ones we get will depend significantly on the actions taken (and not taken) by governments and others in the coming few years.

These developments will unfold in the lifetimes of those who are students today. This is the ESC’s first event which attempts to engage those young people in the debate.

Your participation

We'll be tackling a specific motion during the morning with a debate followed by a short workshop for all participants to take part in.

On Feb 18 we'll be asking:

"Will life 2045 could be one long gap year?"

Agree? Disagree? REGISTER TO TAKE PART!

Confirmed panelists for February 18th:

Brandon Relph:

18 year-old Brandon Relph is one of the UKs leading entrepreneurs and the worlds leading youth specialist, working with Fortune 100 companies and government bodies to expand their knowledge of Generation Z. He was formally the youngest CEO in the UK, for a year and a half.

Lois Shearing:

23-year old Lois is Content Marketing Graduate for one of Atlassain's Platinum solution partners, Adaptavist.

Rob O'Connor:

In 2015 Rob joined Accenture through the Movement to Work Programme, due to his interest in technology. Following a successful three-week placement Rob joined the Accenture Technology Apprenticeship Programme in September 2015. He is now one of only a few emerging experts in Amazon Alexa development. Rob is due to complete a degree in digital and technology solutions. His interest in artificial intelligence, innovation and emerging tech have led to him developing particular expertise in these fields.

He is passionate about apprenticeships and has gone above and beyond to assist the Accenture recruitment team at over 25 events over the past three years including meeting Rt Hon Anne Milton MP. He has also appeared live on Sky News for an interview where he advocated the apprenticeship option to school leavers.

Arohi Jain:

Arohi is an Economist with an acute interest in harnessing the power of Artificial Intelligence to create positive social impact, especially in developing economies. Passionate about social change, Arohi previously held the position of Senior Strategist at a London based start-up consultancy, focusing on building global digital campaigns on topics such as youth rights and gender equality for a wide range of non-profits and foundations. She was also critical in the start-up’s quick acquisition by Dalberg Group, a global development consultancy. Prior to this, Arohi was in the Finance industry, most recently at a large US Investment Fund, where she helped execute the largest European mid-market private-debt fundraise. Arohi is a graduate of the University of Warwick, with a Bachelor of Science in Economics, where she led extensive research into the efficacy of financial incentives for teachers in UK state schools.

Kieran Cranston:

Previously an apprentice at charity vInspired, Kieran is now in training to become an ambassador and speaker for Fixup Seminars' Grad2Greatness programme. This will see Keiran, 19, going into schools around the country encouraging students to achieve their greatest potential during their academic lives. In addition, he is continuing his journey as a youth worker by volunteering as a teacher at Wandsworth Music Academy after being a student there for over a decade, as well as working at Fitzrovia Youth in Action's youth club H-Pod. Kieran also featured in a ThinkNation documentary focusing on how we can change the poverty narrative for young people.

Calum Chace:

Calum has written multiple books on artificial intelligence and its potential impact to our society including the fiction techno-thriller Pandora’s Brain as well as two non-fiction books: Surviving AI and The Economic Singularity that serve as great introductions to artificial intelligence.

Blog: Pandora’s Brain – here Calum discusses the possibility of a machine with human-level cognition and how and when humans will become the second smartest species in the world.




Why this event?

In the coming decades, artificial intelligence (AI) and related technologies will have enormous impacts on the job market. At the moment, no-one can predict exactly what will happen or when. The outcomes could be anywhere from very good to very bad, and which ones we get will depend significantly on the actions taken (and not taken) by governments and others in the coming few years.

It is clear there will be an increased job “churn”, as machines take over many of the existing tasks we do, and indeed many entire jobs. We will need to make significant improvements in the way we train and re-train people.

Looking further ahead – perhaps two or three decades – it might be entirely possible that many people will become unemployable because machines will be able to do almost all the things we can do for money cheaper, better and faster than we can.

The economic singularity

The appropriate responses to this “economic singularity” are complex and not obvious: serious preparatory work should start soon, including detailed scenario planning, modelling, large scale experiments, and communications plans. This work could be sponsored by government departments, the tech giants, the existential risk organisations, other think tanks and universities.

Why this matters

Political leaders and policymakers must pay serious attention to the possibility of technological unemployment.

Stories From 2045

To help them, the ESC is publishing a collection of engaging 38 short stories exploring the topic, all imagining what the year 2045 will bring us. Contributors include senior journalists from the BBC, the Economist and the FT, senior AI researchers from the US and France, partners at major consultancies, senior civil servants and business people from a range of industries….And an AI.

The stories – and this supporting event – will stimulate the public to devise their own solutions, and to decide what actions they can take to help ensure that we get the good outcomes and not the bad ones.

So grab your FREE ticket, and we look forward to welcoming you on Feb 18th!

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