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20th June 2018 Smartworking Summit

“AI in the workplace"

Rethinking work in the face of enlightened automation.

Recent rapid technological advances in digitization and analytics have been reshaping the business landscape, supercharging performance, and enabling new innovations.  Yet progress is uneven.  Many companies struggle to harness the power of these technologies, however those that are fully leveraging the capabilities are capturing disproportionate benefits, transforming their businesses and outpacing – and occasionally disrupting their competition.

At the same time technology itself continues to rapidly evolve, bringing new advances in robotics, analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), and especially machine learning.  Together they are a step change in capabilities that are having profound implications for business, the economy, and for society as a whole.

Machines increasingly outstrip human performance in a range of work activities, including those that require cognitive capabilities, learning, making tacit judgments, sensing emotion, and even driving – activities that used to be considered safe from automation.

Such technologies bring significant productivity gains and transformational benefits that go beyond notions of substituting labour and lead to previously unimagined breakthrough performance and outcomes.

Throughout the morning, this Summit explores the challenges of enlightened automation?  Debating this issues are...

 Richard Branson

Chairman, Virgin Group

Matt Meyer

CEO, Taylor Vinters 


 ​Bhaskar Dasgupta

Chief Operating Officer, UK Export Finance 

David Plumb

Chief Digital Officer, Telefonica 

Neil Morrison

HR Director, Severn Trent 

Neil Hildreth

Director Real Estate & IFM, Huawei 

 John Blackwell - chairing the day

Managing Director, Quora 

Intimate afternoon round table sessions

​The afternoon features four intimate round table sessions offering deeper dives into the issues challenging all organisations, including;

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Understanding productivity – According to ONS, UK productivity is down 19% over the last decade.  This provokes 4 questions – why is productivity down – what can we learn from each other – what needs to change – how to manage the changes?  Simply, what are the positive steps going forward? Owning mindset change – Consider, if women took part in UK economy as much as men, it would add £600 billion GDP by 2025, equal to 0.7% extra GDP growth.  This mindset change needs a new co-creating leadership style.  Co-creative leadership drives the conditions for successful work performance.  How can leaders become “co-creative?” Workplace Sustainability – Digital technology is helping companies sweep barriers aside.  Sustainability platforms capture all types of data, from energy and social value and apps help engage employees, measure team performance and maximise workspace utilisation. Workplace Evolutionaries are a coalescing of thought leaders & disruptive thinkers in the workplace arena to identify a higher strategic value from work. The community is formed of emboldened individuals to shape a formula for improved work interaction and integration. If you're a disruptive thinker or innovator in the workplace field, then join our community.


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Verizon provides telecommunication and internet services that drive performance in your extended enterprise.

Global Cyber Alliance works together as a community to eradicate systemic cyber risk and unite organisations for a common good.

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