The robots are coming

The robots are coming

How will new technology transform the world of work? Today's parliamentary reception, organised by Prospect, will try to shed some light on the question



Whether you’re shopping, paying a bill on your phone or watching television via the internet, technology is changing the way we live. But it is also changing the way we work – and are likely to work – in the future.

Big data, artificial intelligence, the internet of things, advanced manufacturing and robotics are set to change tomorrow’s workplaces – and employees’ and managers’ future roles and skills.

These changes are so fundamental that some commentators believe we are on the cusp of a fourth industrial revolution or second machine age.

Prospect has organised a discussion which aims to better understand what new technology will mean for the world of work.

The seminar and reception takes place on 20 July in the Macmillan Room, Portcullis House, Houses of Parliament, London SW1A 2LW from 6.30pm.

A range of speakers will talk about:

  • what tomorrow’s workplace and workforce look like
  • what types of roles and tasks will the labour force be undertaking, and which will become obsolete?
  • how can technology boost productivity and help increase prosperity and wages
  • how will we work with robots and so-called co-bots?
  • what skills will be needed in the future and
  • how to help people transition into different forms of work if their jobs are no longer required.

The speakers are Lord John Monks, former General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress and European TUC; Flick Drummond, MP for Portsmouth and member of Women and Equalities Committee and Roger Highfield, Director of External Affairs at the Science Museum.

Prospect general secretary Mike Clancy will chair a question and answer session with parliamentarians, employers, trade unions, labour market specialists, opinion formers and the media.

Please click here to register for the event.

More information

Graham Stewart

020 7902 6605 (w)

07525 403185 (m)

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