Technology’s impact on human jobs and work isn’t disputed but increasingly powerful technologies now threaten more workers so we need to be prepared.


Firstly, thank you to the UK Government and Matthew Taylor and his team at the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) for inviting me contribute and play a part in putting together the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practises report that was presented to and formally unveiled by the UK government’s Prime Minister Theresa May in July 2017.



As we race headlong into an increasingly complex and furious future, where science fiction becomes science fact, where “machines” in all their forms, from Artificial Intelligent (AI) avatars and robo’s and increasingly sophisticated robots, continue to encroach on human jobs as wide ranging as scientists and surgeons, as well as creatives, drivers, and warehouse workers, in my opinion at least we need to develop concrete coping strategies that prepare us all for what’s coming.



While the future is indeed fast and furious, with even the EU saying that AI and automation “will affect every strata of EU society,” today we do have the insights and tools we need to map it and navigate it, but needless to say it’s down to us to envision it, understand it, and lead it.

After all, come 2035 or sooner, one of the phrases I certainly don’t want to hear ushered in the halls of government is “Hindsight is a wonderful thing,” because that it not a strategy, and by that point it could be too late to stem the fallout.

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Matthew Griffin

Matthew Griffin, described as “The Adviser behind the Advisers” and a “Young Kurzweil,” is the founder and CEO of the World Futures Forum and the 311 Institute, a global Futures and Deep Futures consultancy working between the dates of 2020 to 2070, and is an award winning futurist, and author of “Codex of the Future” series. Regularly featured in the global media, including AP, BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC, Discovery, RT, Viacom, and WIRED, Matthew’s ability to identify, track, and explain the impacts of hundreds of revolutionary emerging technologies on global culture, industry and society, is unparalleled. Recognised for the past six years as one of the world’s foremost futurists, innovation and strategy experts Matthew is an international speaker who helps governments, investors, multi-nationals and regulators around the world envision, build and lead an inclusive, sustainable future. A rare talent Matthew’s recent work includes mentoring Lunar XPrize teams, re-envisioning global education and training with the G20, and helping the world’s largest organisations envision and ideate the future of their products and services, industries, and countries. Matthew's clients include three Prime Ministers and several governments, including the G7, Accenture, Aon, Bain & Co, BCG, Credit Suisse, Dell EMC, Dentons, Deloitte, E&Y, GEMS, Huawei, JPMorgan Chase, KPMG, Lego, McKinsey, PWC, Qualcomm, SAP, Samsung, Sopra Steria, T-Mobile, and many more.

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