About the event

The Economic Singularity Club (ESC) was established to encourage a more thoughtful debate about the future of jobs. In the coming decades, artificial intelligence (AI) and related technologies will have enormous impacts on the job market. At the moment, no-one can predict exactly what will happen or when.

The outcomes could be anywhere from very good to very bad, and which ones we get will depend significantly on the actions taken (and not taken) by governments and others in the coming few years.

These developments will unfold in the lifetimes of those who are students today. This is the ESC’s first event which attempts to engage those young people in the debate.

Confirmed panelists for February 18th: TBC.

Hosted by: Calum Chace.

About: Calum has written multiple books on artificial intelligence and its potential impact to our society including the fiction techno-thriller Pandora’s Brain as well as two non-fiction books: Surviving AI and The Economic Singularity that serve as great introductions to artificial intelligence.

Blog: Pandora’s Brain – here Calum discusses the possibility of a machine with human-level cognition and how and when humans will become the second smartest species in the world.

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Get involved!

ESC wants young people to take part in this crucial discussion on February 18th.

There are three ways you can get involved in this exciting and hugely relevant event.

1. Submit YOUR question! What do you think the panel should address on February 18th? TELL US HERE.

2. LIMITED PLACES! Grab your place to be in the audience. Email Calum Chace: [email protected].

3. Be one of just THREE young people to join a panel discussion. For your chance to join global leaders in discussing how AI and the worklpace will impact on your generation, simply email Calum Chace with your name, age, occupation (student etc) and why you want to be on the panel.

APPLY TO BE ON THE PANEL: [email protected]

Why take part?

In the coming decades, artificial intelligence (AI) and related technologies will have enormous impacts on the job market. At the moment, no-one can predict exactly what will happen or when. The outcomes could be anywhere from very good to very bad, and which ones we get will depend significantly on the actions taken (and not taken) by governments and others in the coming few years.

It is clear there will be increased job “churn”, as machines take over many of the existing tasks we do, and indeed many entire jobs. We will need to make significant improvements in the way we train and re-train people.

Looking further ahead – perhaps two or three decades – it might be entirely possible that many people will become unemployable, because machines will be able to do almost all the things we can do for money cheaper, better and faster than we can.

The economic singularity

The appropriate responses to this “economic singularity” are complex and not obvious: serious preparatory work should start soon, including detailed scenario planning, modelling, large scale experiments, and communications plans.  This work could be sponsored by government departments, the tech giants, the existential risk organisations, other think tanks and universities.

Why this matters

Political leaders and policy makers must pay serious attention to the possibility of technological unemployment.

Stories From 2045

To help them, the ESC is publishing a collection of engaging 38 short stories exploring the topic, all imagining what the year 2045 will bring us. Contributors include senior journalists from the BBC, the Economist and the FT, senior AI researchers from the US and France, partners at major consultancies, senior civil servants and business people from a range of industries….And an AI.

The stories – and this supporting event – will stimulate the public to devise their own solutions, and to decide what actions they can take to help ensure that we get the good outcomes and not the bad ones.

Venue:The Conduit

Address:
40 CONDUIT STREET
LONDON
W1S 2YQ

 

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