3. AI is one of many disruptive technologies
Professor Andy Stanford-Clark, CTO of IBM UK & Ireland, looked back on previous disruptive technologies – the typewriter, the PC, the tractor, the barcode – that have changed the pattern of employment, and, in the case of AI and automation, stressed the need to train the workforce to be dynamic and flexible: “We live in a world where technology is disrupting all the time. We need a workforce ready and eager to reskill constantly.”
4. Companies we now take for granted once seemed insane
Patrick Chung, of Venture Capital company Xfund, said that innovative companies generally have a view that “at the outset is incredibly contrarian to the rest of the world”. He expanded: “Who would have thought you could invite a complete stranger to sleep in your spare bedroom and operate a hotel for a night? Who would have thought you could pretend to be a taxi cab? Many companies that we now take for granted, at the time they were born seemed insane.” Aiming for “moonshots”, said Chung, is the hallmark of a “great, or maybe a truly insane” company.
5. The next generation’s jobs haven’t been invented yet
Julie Chakraverty, founder of career support community Rungway, pointed to a World Economic Forum report that says 65% of jobs that current schoolchildren will fill in ten years’ time haven’t been invented yet, with the panel saying that it’s easy to imagine the jobs that will go due to technology, but more difficult to imagine those that might arrive. Chakraverty sees becoming “digitally educated” and flexible as being the keys: “How do we do this? We ask questions, and we create an environment where no question is seen as stupid.”