Past event

Invitation Only

Research Event

The Automation Revolution and the Future of Work in the US and Europe

Chatham House, London, UK

US and the Americas Programme, US Geoeconomic Trends and Challenges

Event documents

Meeting Summary
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Participants

Paul Mason, Columnist, The Guardian; Economics Editor, Channel 4 News (2014 – 16); Author, PostCapitalism: A Guide to Our Future

Overview

Rapid technological advancements have the potential to revolutionize the nature of work as we know it, as demonstrated by a 2013 study which predicted that 47% of US jobs could potentially be automated by 2050. Robotics and automation are widely recognized threats to manual labour, but it is also more evident that the advancing power of computers and artificial intelligence could jeopardize the security of jobs previously thought to be safe, such as architects, accountants, and doctors. Simultaneously, it is less evident that society will embrace progressive responses to these changes, including universal basic income and a reduction of the working day. Writer and broadcaster Paul Mason will join us to examine the likelihood of the ‘automation revolution’, and how to successfully respond to it.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only. 

The Chatham House Rule 

To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule. 

The Chatham House Rule

To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.