Free Online

Wed, 10 June 2020

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Future of Work in the Age of COVID-19

Daniel Susskind in conversation with Matthew Stadlen




The pandemic is just the beginning. With full automation of white collar jobs on the horizon, how can we thrive in a world of less work? Daniel Susskind has the answers.

The global coronavirus crisis threatens has plunged Western economies into an ice age, with skyrocketing unemployment, unprecedented state intervention, and entire industries transformed overnight – in some cases, irrevocably. And those still working have adapted rapidly to new home-working practices that raise long-term questions about the nature of work and the challenges of leadership that will not be settled for many years to come.

But the shock of the pandemic is only the first phase in the transformation of working life in the 21st century. Advances in artificial intelligence mean that all kinds of jobs are increasingly at risk of automation. And contrary to popular opinion, high-skilled white collar workers like doctors, lawyers and architects will be among the most at risk.

So how can we all thrive in a world with less work? Economist and policy analyst Daniel Susskind has spent a decade researching the post-work world, and his first book on the subject won Book of the Year awards from the FT, New Scientist and TLS. Now he joins How To Academy with concrete proposals for distributing wealth, containing the political power of big tech companies and living a meaningful life in a world without work.

Technological progress could bring about unprecedented prosperity – if we can organise society and our personal lives to ensure that everyone has enough to live on. In this visionary, pragmatic and ultimately hopeful talk, Daniel Susskind shows us the way.

Praise for Daniel Susskind:

‘An act of delicious iconoclasm’ – Prospect

‘An expert, original and witty work’ – Times

‘Authors Richard and Daniel Susskind do a remorselessly effective job of demolishing the self-deception most people engage in when comparing themselves to machines’ – Financial Times

This talk takes place at 6:30pm British Summer Time.

About Our Digital Programme:

In response to the global pandemic, How To Academy is curating a not-for-profit programme of live-streamed talks and conversations bringing you advice, insight and entertainment. Tickets are offered on a Pay What You Can basis, including a Free option for those who cannot afford more at this difficult time. Thank you for your help sustaining How To Academy through the crisis — and for enabling us to share new thinking from across the globe at a time when it has never been more important.

Books will be shipped within two weeks of the event (hopefully sooner). Please note that due to the challenges of distribution during the global pandemic, some books may be delayed. If we experience any delay in getting your copy to you, we will contact you by email to let you know. Thank you for supporting a local London business, Primrose Hill Books.

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