In April 2017, everis and Blueprint for a Better Business convened an event bringing together business leaders, NGOs and academics to discuss the rise of Artificial Intelligence as a profoundly important emerging issue. Various studies predict that 35% of existing UK jobs and 47% of jobs in the US could become automated within the next 20 years. This advance of AI and robotics not only has implications for business decisions and structures, but also raises extreme challenges for the development and betterment of society. This is particularly true, in light of rapidly changing population demographics and global economies: by 2050, the UK is predicted to no longer be in the Top10 GDP economies of the world.
Our provocation is to explore how globally-reaching and purposefully-minded businesses can see development in AI and robotics as an opportunity to best serve the common good.
Aligned with Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard commencement speech centered around how we can improve life through big projects, equal opportunity and building both local and global community. He outlined a plan “to create a world where every single person has a sense of purpose... ... when more people can turn their dreams into something great, we’re all better...”
Let's lead by example!
“Our generation will have to deal with tens of millions of jobs replaced by automation like self-driving cars and trucks. But we have the potential to do so much more together. Every generation has its defining works. More than 300,000 people worked to put a man on the moon. Millions of volunteers immunized children around the world against polio. Millions of more people built the Hoover Dam .... These projects didn’t just provide purpose for the people doing those jobs, they gave our whole country a sense of pride that we could do great things". To maximize progress, everyone must have a role, not just the rich or those in the First World. And as artificial intelligence and robots improve, more and more jobs will be at risk. ...,