Technological Unemployment and the Future of Work

June 1, 2015

Event organizer description

This half day symposium addresses the idea that advances in artificial intelligence may soon make it possible for machines to replace workers in jobs traditionally thought to be unfit for automation such as airline pilot, accountant or economist. Given the rapid progress of technology how can we expect these trends to impact the future of work over the next decades?


Nick Bostrom is Professor in the Faculty of Philosophy at Oxford University and founding Director of the Future of Humanity Institute and of the Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology within the Oxford Martin School. He is also the author of the recent book Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies.

Wendell Wallach is consultant, ethicist, and scholar at the Yale University Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics. He is also the author of the book Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right from Wrong (with Colin Allen) and the forthcoming book A Dangerous Master: How to Keep Technology from Slipping Beyond Our Control.

Wendy Cukier is Vice-President of Research and Innovation at Ryerson University and leads Ryerson University’s strategy to grow research and to promote innovation and commercialization. She has written more than 200 papers on enabling technologies and innovation.

Note: This event is part of the free public programming being offered as part of the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences 2015 (Registration for Congress is not required).

For more information, please visit our event page on the Congress 2015 website.

Wednesday June 3, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM EDT

Room 12102
Desmarais Building
55 Laurier Ave East
12th floor
Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5