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March 30th, 2017 : The Royal Geographical Society, London

Tom Watson

Deputy Leader of the Labour Party

Time: 14:30 - 15:30

Will technology support or erode trust?

Tom was born in Sheffield in 1967 and grew up in Kidderminster. He has been MP for West Bromwich East since 2001 and he was elected deputy leader of the Labour Party in September 2015. He’s been involved in some real battles. He took on Rupert Murdoch, highlighted phone-hacking at the News of the World, supported the campaign to Save the Human Rights Act, and led the fight against Tory plans to scrap the Freedom of Information Act. Tom is a music fan, occasional DJ and an enthusiastic gamer who reviews video games for the New Statesman. He is a patron of SpecialEffect, a charity that enables people with disabilities to play video games.

Session Overview

Will technology support or erode trust?

Tremendous advances in automation, robotics and AI are ushering in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. As Tom Watson's Future of Work commission has already heard, the new technology is already being put to inventively dystopian uses, but this doesn't alter its potential to change the world for the better. It's clear we're on the cusp of huge transformation, and equally, that there is a great deal of anxiety from the public around what form that will take.

Tom will discuss the need to set out a vision and commit to a shared ethics in order to build trust around the coming changes. And he will issue a challenge to us all. As the people responsible for the workplace of the future, what can we do to help establish lifelong learning and a resilient, emotionally literate workforce?