The automation revolution: humans at the helm - 8 February


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Technology is driving and enabling change on an unprecedented scale. Automation, AI, machine learning and deep learning are quickly becoming the new sinews of successful businesses. They have huge potential to enhance innovation and productivity as well as impact on the fundamentals of business – structures, service delivery, competitive advantage and workforce engagement.

Many are lamenting the rise of the robots and the weakening power of humanity. The undeniable truth is that this change is already happening and providing new opportunities that businesses must embrace and adapt to.

This session, our first of the Zebra Project, focuses on exploring how we can embrace and influence this technology-enabled shift to maximise the positive economic and employment effects of inclusive automation, on our own terms.

The RSA’s recent ‘Age of Automation’ report has identified eight key takeaways for businesses to consider, from the implications of job losses, to the need for businesses and employees to embrace this shift. The RSA’s Benedict Dellot will draw on the report’s findings, and ongoing RSA research, to address a number of key questions:

  • What can we do in practice to achieve automation on our own terms?
  • How do we square fears of automation with recent reports of sluggish productivity growth?
  • How can businesses take a stand and shape the AI economy?

Following the keynote speech, Ben Warner of ASI Data Science will give a practitioner's view on which Data Science techniques are currently being adopted and having impact. These real life examples will showcase what is currently possible and the steps need on the path to adoption. 

We will then continue with a discussion session, to explore the key strategic questions that business leaders need to address now so they can realise, on their own terms, the extraordinary range of emerging opportunities.


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15:30 - Arrival and coffee
16:00 - Welcome - John Knell, Co-Founder Intelligence Agency
16:10 - Keynote - Benedict Dellot, Associate Director of Economics, Enterprise and Manufacturing at the RSA
16:40 - Q & A session and audience discussion
16:55 - AI in the real world - A practitioner’s view on what Data Science techniques are currently being adopted and having an impact. Ben Warner, Commercial Principal, ASI Data Science
17:10 - Panel session, chaired by John Knell with:

  • Benedict Dellot, Associate Director of Economy, Enterprise and Manufacturing at the RSA
  • Sue Daley, Head of Programme - Cloud, Data, Analytics & AI, techUK
  • Kit Cox, CEO, Enate
  • Fionnuala Horrocks-Burns, Employment and Skills Policy Advisor, British Retail Consortium

17:40 - Q & A session and audience discussion
18:00 - Drinks, canapés and networking

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Thursday 8 February 2018, 3.30pm to 6pm followed by drinks and networking.

Who should be involved?

Senior business leaders including those responsible for the strategic direction of their business - CEOs, COOs, CIOs, CTOs, GCs, Global HRDs, founders.

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