Business Bled Strategic Forum - The Future of Work

September 11, 2018
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AmCham Slovenia is a proud partner of this years Business Bled Strategic Forum, which will take place on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 in Bled, Slovenia, as a part of Bled Strategic Forum, organized by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia, Center for European Perspective and other Partners.

Business forum, titled "The Future of Work", will focus on the evolution of work and its impact on jobs, businesses and society at large. Globalisation, technological progress and demographic change are having a profound impact on work. While the future offers unparalleled opportunities, it also presents significant challenges. How will these changes affect workers, employers and society? The future of work is already here. And we will all have to deal with it.

 

 AmCham Business Leaders Club Breakfast

We are in an economic cycle in which jobs as we know them are rapidly changing. The World Economic Forum’s “Future of Jobs” study predicts that 5 million jobs will be lost before 2020 as artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology and other socio-economic factors replace the need for human workers. The good news is that those same technological advances will also create 2.1 million new jobs. But the manual and clerical workers who find themselves out of work are unlikely to have the skills required to compete for the new roles. According to the latest research, we will soon be only as good as the skills we possess, and for this reason we will have to refocus skills education.

What will automation, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) mean for tomorrow’s workforce and what effect will they have on jobs, skills, and wages? What are the skills and competences of the future, and how can we make sure that we keep pace? How do we bridge the rising divide between human beings and artificial intelligence?

 

Session 2: Bridging the Divide: the Human Brain and Artificial Intelligence

The power of the human brain is enormous, and in order to behave more productively in complex business situations, we need to better understand how the brain works. With new technological advances such as AI, many opportunities related to solving these complex issues emerge, but also many challenges. How is the power of AI transforming society? Is the fusion of technology and human brain capacity creating a new hybrid species?

 

Session 3: Moving from a Physical to a Digital Society

A digital society is quickly emerging and blending the physical and the virtual worlds. It is affecting not only business models and how we work, but how we live and interact. More than ever, technology is becoming a part of our identity, while our digital and physical worlds are increasingly converging. The Internet of Things, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence are changing the nature of work in ways that could empower and liberate people and reduce inequalities between people and between countries; or the outcome could be diametrically opposite.

 

Session 4: The Positives and the Dark Side of a Hyper-Connected World

The world in which we live is more interconnected than ever. Physical and cyber boundaries have almost vanished, and almost every move we make affects every other individual in society. As interconnectivity simplifies many areas of our lives on the one hand, many challenges and security threats persist on the other.