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Chatham House Primer: The Future of Work

14 March 2017 - 18:00 to 19:00

Chatham House, London


Professor Richard Susskind OBE FRSE, IT Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales
Dr Daniel Susskind, Fellow in Economics, Balliol College, University of Oxford 



The term “the future of work” has passed into common parlance over the last few years. The broad idea underpinning the phrase is that rapidly advancing mechanization and technological disruption will radically change the way society values work and employment. However, this disruption goes far beyond unskilled jobs and manual labour and its effects are already being felt in highly skilled and traditional white-collar professions. 

Richard and Daniel Susskind, authors of The Future of the Professions: How Technology Will Transform the Work of Human Experts, will outline the main challenges that new technologies will pose for our existing conceptions of education, career and retirement. 

The talk will cover:

  • The origin of the phrase and the ideas it encompasses
  • Beyond blue-collar automation: the impact on professions
  • Understanding increasingly capable machines
  • Increased efficiencies or gradual replacement of the human element?
  • The organizational impact on companies
  • What does this mean for the way we - and future generations - need to think about careers and education?
  • Will unemployment be the new normal?
  • How can governments react to such radical societal change?

About Chatham House Primers
The Chatham House Primer Series is a unique programme of talks designed to bridge the gap between introductory level subject knowledge and a more advanced understanding geared towards practical application, higher-level discussion and policy debate.
With each talk hosted by a leading expert, the Primer series aims to provide the audience with a solid grounding in topics of academic curiosity, key international affairs concepts and the issues behind the news.

This event will be followed by a reception open to all attendees.