Future of work & the impact of technologies: from apps to AI and robotics

01 February 2018

On 24 January 2018, EIF & MEPs Pilar del Castillo and Michal Boni invited members & friends to debate on the future of work. Technological innovation is increasingly changing the nature of how we can access, organise and carry out work in many ways and forms.

Pilar del Castillo underlined that artificial intelligence is not an entirely new concept, however, it is now that it seems to have the potential to impact all sectors of the economy and society. In order to fully reap the benefits of this technological transition policy makers need to work together to enhance the opportunities brought by technology.

For Lucilla Sioli, the European Commission’s responsible official for artificial intelligence and robotics, we are going to see the application and use of artificial intelligence everywhere, in healthcare, education or farming just to name a few. Europe needs to make sure that it has the resources to invest and develop the technology in Europe according to the principles we decide and our European values.

Paul Hofheinz, President of The Lisbon Council, is of the opinion that the job itself as we understand it is disappearing and we must be open to new ways of work. He believes that in view of all the changes taking place we need to look at social policy from a different perspective. We need to adjust our social institutions to deal competently with this transition.

Guy Levin from UBER thinks that we are going to shift to a world less linear, and agrees with Paul Hofheinz in the need of social policy reforms to the welfare state and a real transition to life long learning. He stressed that is tasks that are going to get automated not total jobs.

Gianpiero Lotito, CEO and Founder of FacilityLive, pointed the fact that all technologies come from previous technologies. He would like to see within the next ten years the establishment of rules that foster a new European technological industry.

Member of Parliament Michal Boni concluded the debate highlighting that we should look at the opportunities brought by change and not only the threats, but most importantly we all need to be taught how to learn and take advantage of educational resources for the coming transitional period.

In this EIFAsks, MEP Michal Boni, the President of Lisbon Council -a leading think tank-, the founder of FacilityLive, and representatives from the European Commission and UBER confer about the work revolution and how it will affect our economy and societies.

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