Many Future of Work related events are currently happening. A selection of these events will be aggregated on this blog with relevant links, dates and venues. Next to that the Centre will engage in an experimental learning format where we focus on particular aspects of technological change on the world of work. The objective of these events is to capture the pace of technological change and to explore the consequences on the world of work.



At the outset of each event, participants will be invited to brainstorm around a set of shifting mindset questions building on “what if” scenarios linked to the topic of the day, like. “What if robots would have labour rights?” What if drones will replace armies? What happens with the global supply chain if we can print our products ourselves? What if humanized robots can take care of basic routine interventions of elderly people? What happens if we can print meat without killing animals? What happens if autonomous vehicles transform our mobility problems? What if we do not need mine workers anymore because of autonomous mining? What if new technologies create new types of work?


The Future of Data for Decent Work  (27/09/2017)

In parallel to the G7 Innovation Week in Turin, the Centre is hosting a  Shifting Mindsets session on “Big Data and the Future of Work” on campus. This Shifting Mindsets session is aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of big data and its possible uses in the world of work.

Big data has the ability to drive innovation and transform work in an increasingly digitalized economy and networked society. For the world of work, it can improve and augment labour markets, skills, and occupational analysis and outcomes by providing near real-time labour market data tracking, monitoring, evaluation, and labour forecasting and modelling, with great potential for data privacy and quality challenges. This learning event will showcase the use of big data to inform labour policy by promoting data-driven innovations for the creation of decent work and inclusive economic growth, while overcoming pitfalls along the way.


The Future of Virtual Reality (14/07/2016)

The future of virtual reality has arrived already and is gradually moving beyond its gadget stage. With the introduction of Ocolus rift the access to immersive learning and simulation experiences has been widely opened. It looks likely that by 2020 computer systems that deliver convincing immersive reasonably reliable virtual reality will cost no more than a big screen television does not. The real-world-simulations make it difficult to distinguish what is still real and what virtual. In this second shifting mindset session we will explore the potential of this new technology in the world of work and more in particular apply a VR perspective to our own training Center.




The World of Drones  (10/11/2015)

The continued technological development of robotic hardware is having an effect on employment. These new advances in technology will allow drones to be used in new sectors, capabilities and for a diverse range of professional service tasks. Defense applications (mine detection, reconnaissance and surveillance) are a particularly strong driver. The unmanned aerial vehicles is just another example and there are many others out there. It is clear that with improved technologies these innovations will be competing with human labour in a myriad of tasks. In this mind shifting session we will jointly explore  the expanding scope of drones in the world of work and its potential role.