On Tuesday, October 2, 2018, the Friedrich Naumann Stiftung für die Freiheit together with the U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt invited to a panel about the future of work at Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. Andreas Horchler, Director Corporate Communications at Frankfurt School, welcomed the speakers and the audience. Darrel M. West, Vice President and Director of Governance Studies as well as Director of the center for technology innovation at the Brookings Institution, Washington D.C., opened the official part of the evening with an impulse speech, introducing his new book The Future of Work: Robots, AI, and Automation.
“We are currently experiencing new technology that affects nearly all areas of society – especially work in general. That brings consequences and disruption”, says Darrel M. West. In his view even relatively small workforce impacts can bring huge change within society. Hence, he believes that there is a big need for political reforms and regulations. “Public Policy will be crucial because of the digitization – people need to be prepared for big changes”, the political scientist emphasises.
Panel discussion: Experts about digitization´s impact on the labour market and its consequences for society
Following, Andreas Horchler opened the panel. In addition to the host and Darrel M. West, Moritz Niehaus, who works for the Department Future of Work at IG Metall, Gabriele Riedmann de Trinidad, Founder and Managing Director, platform3I GmbH, as well as Professor Dr Greg Wheeler, Professor of Philosophy and Computer Science at Frankfurt School, participated.