Daniel Susskind

Expert on technology’s impact on work

Speaker Themes

  • The impact of technology on work & society
  • AI: applications and ethics

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Oxford, UK


Dr. Daniel Susskind is a leading thinker exploring the impact of technology, particularly artificial intelligence, on work and society.

He is a Fellow in Economics at Balliol College, Oxford University, where he teaches and researches on the consequences of technology for earnings and employment.

He is the co-author of the best-selling book, The Future of the Professions: How Technology Will Transform the Work of Human Experts (2015). Here, he predicted the decline of today’s professions and describes the people and systems that will replace them. In an Internet society, we will neither need nor want doctors, teachers, accountants, architects, the clergy, consultants, lawyers, and many others, to work as they did in the 20th century. 

In Daniel’s latest book, A World Without Work (2020), he argues that developments in technology have made the threat of mass unemployment real. But this does not have to be bad news. He shows that we can meet the challenges of making sure that everyone has enough to live on and that prosperity is distributed fairly – and that we can find meaning in a world where work is no longer the centre of our lives.

Before joining Oxford, Daniel Susskind worked in the British Government – as a policy adviser in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, as a policy analyst in the Policy Unit in 10 Downing Street, and as a senior policy adviser in the Cabinet Office. 

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Daniel Susskind’s TED Talk on the future of work has been viewed over 1.4 million times. In this talk, he eloquently explains how the world will distribute wealth when there is less or no work.

Daniel argues that new technologies will not simply augment the work currently done by professionals; it will displace them by doing the same work more productively and efficiently. 

The positive side is that this will make the economic pie grow. The down side is that our traditional model for dividing up that pie – the work we do – will no longer be applicable because old and new tasks will be increasingly done by machines.

With remarkable intellectual clarity, Daniel Susskind brings together his academic and policy-making experience to explain how we should navigate such a future.

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