The world of work is changing beyond all recognition and new technologies are on the verge of unleashing the next wave of human potential.


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Firstly, thank you to Martin and Serita from Unleashed for asking me to host their webinar on the Future of Work, a topic that as we stare increasing levels of automation in the face, is now more pertinent than ever.


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During the presentation I delved into the future of the workplace, which thanks to COVID-19’s impact is now anywhere, even for jobs that we’ve always thought of as having to be anchored in a single, centralised physical location such as construction work and surgeries. And I also discussed how companies are building and embracing new Virtual Reality (VR) head offices, and how Artificial Intelligence (AI) is now becoming increasingly embedded in the employee lifecycle – from hiring to firing and everything in between.


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Against all this titanic change though, and rising above the noise generated by the automation of almost anything and everything, I then showed the audience how while on the one hand automation is a threat, it’s also arguably one of the greatest human opportunities we have ever seen as AI helps democratise access to expertise and skills and finally allow people’s abilities and achievements to match their imagination.


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As entrepreneurs say, every problem and every threat is an opportunity, and hopefully after this presentation it is clear to everyone that we are now on the cusp of one of the greatest moments in human history.

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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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