The Future of the Professions: How Technology will Transform the Work of Human Experts
TIME: 13:00-14:00, Thursday 3rd March 2016
VENUE: Committee Room 4A, House of Lords, SW1A 0AA, London
SPEAKERS: Professor Richard Susskind OBE, co-author of The Future of the Professions and independent adviser
Daniel Susskind, co-author of The Future of the Professions and lecturer in Economics at Balliol College, Oxford
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Professor Richard Susskind OBE, co-author of The Future of the Professions
and independent adviser
Daniel Susskind, co-author of The Future of the Professions
and lecturer in Economics at Balliol College, Oxford
Doctors, lawyers, teachers and accountants: superfluous to 21st Century needs?
The Susskinds’ new book, The Future of the Professions is in many ways the vanguard of the debate of how capable machines really are – and will be – in the internet society we are rapidly becoming. Professor Richard Susskind and his son, Daniel will suggest a world where the traditional professions upon which civilisation as we have known it has previously pivoted are potentially redundant. Given the new technologies and innovations introduced on a daily basis it is predicted that humans will be outperformed at most tasks in the near future. The question therefore needs to be asked: in such a world, who will actually still be employable? And what does this mean for our societies and social cohesion at a time when economic power is shifting from the owners of labour to the owners of capital?
By kind invitation of Lord Palmer of Childs Hill, The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to a discussion with Professor Richard and Daniel Susskind, to discuss the issues raised in their new book, The Future of the Professions.
Professor Richard Susskind OBE is an author, speaker, and independent adviser to major professional firms and to national governments. His main area of expertise is the future of professional service and, in particular, the way in which IT and the Internet are changing the work of lawyers. He has worked on legal technology for over 30 years. He lectures internationally, has written many books, and advised on numerous government inquiries.
Richard lectures internationally and has been invited to speak in over 40 countries and has addressed audiences (in person and electronically), numbering more than 250,000. He has written and edited numerous books, including Expert Systems in Law (OUP, 1987), The Future of Law (OUP, 1996), Transforming the Law (OUP, 2000), The Susskind Interviews: Legal Experts in Changing Times (Sweet & Maxwell, 2005), The End of Lawyers? Rethinking the Nature of Legal Services (OUP, 2008), Tomorrow’s Lawyers (2013), and has written around 150 columns for The Times. His work has been translated into 10 languages.
Daniel Susskind is a Lecturer in Economics at Balliol College, Oxford, where he teaches and researches and from where he has two degrees in economics.
Previously, he worked for the British Government – in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, in the Policy Unit in 10 Downing Street, and as a Senior Policy Adviser at the Cabinet Office. He was a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard University.