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Man vs. Machine?: AI and the Future of the UK

  • Monday, 10. June 2019
  • One Great George Street, 1 Great George Street, London

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020 3096 5791

A New Statesman panel event sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise

This New Statesman public panel event, sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise and coinciding with the week of the London AI Summit and the launch of a special Spotlight-New Statesman report on Artificial Intelligence, will focus on the potential impact of AI on the UK’s productivity problem, the effort to rebalance the economy, meeting the skills challenge, as well as inequalities of wealth and income. Our panel of politicians, business leaders and industry experts will look at the effects of AI and machine learning technologies across a range of sectors and discuss what implications these disruptive breakthroughs will have on the UK’s workers.

In the Industrial Strategy White Paper, the government set out its ambition to become “the world’s most innovative economy” by putting “the UK at the forefront of the artificial intelligence and data revolution”, and emulating the successes of countries that “are already looking to capitalise upon the fourth industrial revolution.” Join us to hear how Artificial Intelligence can transform the way we live and work, and ask whether AI has the potential to push us towards a high-waged, high-skilled, high-productivity future, bolstering growth and leading the way in creating an ultra-modern 21st century economy.

How will these changes affect the UK’s labour force if productivity is set to be boosted by machines? How can the government and the private sector react to meet the skills challenge emerging from the onset of AI? Is there a future for a Universal Basic Income, if output per hour worked is increasing exponentially? How can government, industry and experts work together to meet the challenges and opportunities of Industry 4.0?

Speakers confirmed:

Professor Birgitte Andersen - CEO and Co-creator, Big Innovation Centre

Matt Armstrong-Barnes - UK & Ireland Chief Technology Officer, Artificial Intelligence, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Kay Firth-Butterfield - Head, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, World Economic Forum

Jon Bernstein (Chair) - Former Deputy Editor, New Statesman

Monday 10th June 2019, 9:30-11am - One Great George Street, Westminster, SW1P 3AA

Free admission