While discussions at Bletchley focus on the future ephemeral ‘x-risk’ of ‘god-like’ AI, at this 'Making the Future Work' summit we will be grounding debate in the here-and-now of how work is being transformed and working lives impacted.
We are convening a rich and diverse set of voices and interdisciplinary research to sessions on regulation, creative industries, health and wellbeing and what policies a future of good work requires.
Use the Slido page for Q&A, and to offer action-response during each session.
Live Stream will be available here.
0900 – 0930 Registration, tea, coffee and pastries
0930 – 0940 Welcome & opening remarks - Anna Thomas, Co-Founder and Director, IFOW
0940 – 1035 Session 1: Where the Future is Now
With great fanfare, at Bletchley Park world leaders, AI industry figures and security experts are gathering to discuss ‘Frontier AI’ and the ‘x-risks’ that these pose. These future risks of ‘god-like’ General Artificial Intelligence are real, but existing algorithmic and automation systems are already changing work – and the experience of it – for people right now. In this session, we will look at the current landscape, the gaps in governance and regulation, the challenges that these are presenting to workers and employers, and what research is telling us about the UK labour market and the state of automation and AI across it.
1040 – 1130 Session 2: ‘Open’ AI? Regulation for the Common Good
The pressing question of how AI can, or should, be regulated, is facing governments and policymakers across the world. But the issues faced by workplaces and sectors across the world are real and immediate, and - with algorithmic management spreading via ‘gigification’ from platform work across the labour market - the time we have to start addressing these issues is limited. In this session we will explore what can be done in the arena of the workplace, what governance and regulatory challenges need to be addressed, in order to ensure that the adoption of automation and AI technologies serves the common good.
1130 – 1145 Action Response /Coffee Break
1145 – 1155 APPG on the Future of Work – Invitation from Matt Warman MP to continue conversations. The next meeting of the APPG is on 15th November, 4pm. Reserve a ticket here.
1200 – 1250 – Panel Discussions, with an increased focus on audience discussion
Panel Option 3a – SectorFocus: the UK Creative Industries
The UK’s creative sector is a key powerhouse of the UK economy. But - as evidenced by the recent Hollywood writers’ strike – an industry previously thought protected from the influence of AI as a result of its assumed dependence on human creativity, is now feeling the pressure from regenerative systems. In this session, we will hear from across the creative sector about these impacts and pressures, and seek to understand what previously overlooked risks and mitigations might follow from the adoption of AI technologies.
Panel Option 3b –Sector Focus: Health and Wellbeing
AI has long promised to revolutionise the healthcare sector, but – with issues like increased work intensity - is having health and wellbeing impacts on workers. Much has been said about how AI’s potential for novel drug creation and diagnosis, automation of surgery and data management, could potentially revolutionise the way the NHS workforce is able to operate, and indeed how the NHS as a whole is able to function. But what challenges does the NHS face in adopting and adapting to these technologies, and what broader considerations need to be made regarding the wider health and wellbeing impacts that these technologies and systems might present?
1250 – 1325 Lunch / Action Response (use Slido code #1714449)
1330 – 1420– Engagement focus, with an increased focus on audience discussion
Panel Option 4a – Centring the Human, Listening to Communities
The evidence produced by successive research continues to show that the greatest benefit can be derived from AI technologies, when those closest to the use and impact of the technology are involved in its design, development and deployment. But what are the challenges faced in terms of delivering mechanisms and processes through which firms and organisations can engage workers and local communities, to offer their concerns and expertise throughout the process of designing, developing, and deploying these systems?
Panel Option 4b –Reframing Skills
The adoption of AI technologies and automation has caused a shift in the skills that workers across the country need, in order to meet employers changing workforce needs. How can organisations, and in particular workers respond to this shift in skills gaps, and how can the UK skills shortage not just be solved, but lead to improvements in job quality for the workers that feel these shifts in technology usage most acutely?
14.20– 14.40 Action Response / Coffee Break
1440 –1530 – Panel 5 – Making the Future Work
Drawing together all that we’ve covered during the day, what are the immediate priorities for governance and regulation of AI and algorithmic systems that will deliver on a future of good work? What policies should be prioritised, and what forms of action are needed by organisations, communities and workers to make sure that innovation and social good advance together?
15.30-15.45 - Closing Remarks – an invitation to continue collaborations and conversations to deliver a future of good work – Anna Thomas