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How long until we have a robot for PM? Labour Conference

Party conference


Premier Inn Albert Dock, East Britannia Building, Liverpool, L3 4AD


Liam Byrne MP

Artificial intelligence has the potential to revolutionize the way that we live and work. While some predict this could usher in a new wave of hi-tech jobs, others warn of widespread job losses. But what predictions should we trust? 

Will accountants and lawyers be replaced by algorithms, or will new technologies help them work faster and smarter? Will our smartphones replace a trip to the doctor, or simply free them up to spend more time with each of their patients? Are politicians out of a job? What can policymakers do now to prepare for an unpredictable future?

Join researchers and robots to unpick some of the assumptions that underpin predictions about how the world of work might change, and explore what we do – and don’t – know about the impact of AI on work.

Dr Claire Craig, Chief Policy Officer at the Royal Society, will present a new Royal Society and British Academy report that highlights that many of the predictions about the impact of automation, which are informing policy development, are built on assumptions that should be scrutinised.

Zeno the robot

This event is supported by Imperial College London.

Chair: Ian Sample, Guardian Science Editor


  • Zeno the Robot
  • Liam Byrne MP, Shadow Digital Minister
  • Professor Nick Jennings FREng, Vice-Provost (Research and Innovation) Imperial College London
  • Dr Claire Craig, Chief Policy Officer, the Royal Society
  • Matthew Fell, Chief UK Policy Director, CBI
  • Jason Brock, Changing Work Centre Commission on Workers and Technology

Attending the event

  • Free to attend
  • No registration required

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