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Podcast: The Fourth Industrial Revolution and the Future of Work – WEF

This is episode 7 in a 10-part podcast series that will introduce listeners to the thinkers, entrepreneurs, and innovators who are already spotting the risks ahead, and seeking to guide humanity towards the land of ease and plenty that some believe is now within reach.

Episode 7 – Work in the 4IR

As advances in AI and robotics threaten to put millions of people out of jobs, there is profound concern about the future of work in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Will human ingenuity dream up new forms of productive employment? Is the gig economy going to become the new norm and if so, can the rights that workers have won over the last two centuries of struggle be protected?

Joining us for episode 7 of ‘Shaping the Fourth Industrial Revolution’ are Andrew Maynard, Director of the Risk Innovation Lab at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University, Jane Humphries, Professor of Economic History at All Souls College, Oxford, Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trades Union Confederation, Stuart Russell, Professor of Computer Science and Smith-Zadeh Professor in Engineering, University of California, Berkeley; Stephane Kasriel, CEO of Upwork; Sue Duke, Senior Director of Public Policy at LinkedIn, and Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium.

Episode 1 – What is the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

Episode 2 – Artificial Intelligence and you

Episode 3 – A Revolution for the Environment?

Episode 4 – Education for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Episode 5 – Regulation for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Episode 6 – Beyond Human


New episodes will be published every Tuesday from January 23, 2018 through March 6 on iTunesSpotify and SoundCloud.


Front cover photo: REUTERS/Erin Siegal

Click here to access the original article written by Anne Marie Engtoft Larsen, Knowledge Lead, Science and Technology Studies, World Economic Forum Geneva, February 2018.