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Robots, algorithms and the future of work

Time: 10.00 - 12.00

Venue: Dalton and Joule Suite, Museum of Science and Industry, Liverpool Road, Manchester, M3 4FP

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Part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science.

This round-table discussion brings together five speakers from different countries, disciplines and professions to answer the question: what kind of future should we prepare for - or fight against - in an age where algorithms, robots and artificial technology increasingly colonise the nature of our work?

Topics that we will discuss include whether we should incorporate AI into the running of the NHS, and arguments for and against the "uberisation" of more and more professions and trades. What new, or revamped notions of transparency, precision or objectivity are emerging through these technologies? What impact will they have on work management, ethics, accountability and responsibility?

Should we use these technologies to measure, judge, sanction or complement our work? How do governments and the public sector see their role with respect to these technologies? How can younger generations imagine their own work futures, and how should we protect them?The discussion is open to the general public, and will be a relaxed, jargon-free event. After the round-table discussion there will be an informal Q&A session.

More information is available on the ESRC website or by contacting Juan Manuel Del Nido.