Event: ‘The Wealth of Humans: Work and its Absence in the Twenty-First Century’


raTIME: 27th September 2016, 13:00-14:00

VENUE: The Henry Jackson Society, Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, SW1P 4QP

SPEAKER: Ryan Avent, Author, The Wealth of Humans, Senior Editor and Columnist, The Economist

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The world of work is changing. With rapid advances in IT, huge swathes of the job market – from cleaners and drivers to journalists and doctors – are being automated, or soon will be. A staggering 47% of jobs are at risk of being automated over the next three decades.

In this illuminating investigation of what the revolution in work means for us, Ryan Avent lays bare the contradictions in today’s global labour market. From Volvo’s operations in Sweden to a vast Foxconn production facility in Shenzhen, via Indian development economists and Silicon Valley venture capitalists, he offers the first clear explanation of what happens when the digital economy goes wrong – and how we can get out of it.

The traditional solutions – improved education, wage subsidies, universal basic income – will no longer work as they once did. In order to navigate our way across today’s rapidly transforming economic landscape, Avent argues that we must radically reassess the very idea of how, and why, we work.

The Henry Jackson Society are pleased to invite you to an event with Ryan Avent, Author, The Wealth of Humans, Senior Editor and Columnist, The Economist, who will be discussing his book on the impact the incipient digital revolution is having and will have on the world of work.

Ryan Avent is a senior editor and economics columnist for The Economist, where he has covered the global economy since 2007. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New Republic, the Atlantic and the Guardian. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife, two children and golden retriever.


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