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Figuring Out a Future That Works in A World Where Machines Do Everything

May 16 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The future of work is at the heart of every major socio-economic-political debate raging around the world today. From work, and what is derived from it – money – comes power. From its absence stems powerlessness.

The number one reason why work is changing so quickly? Science fiction style technologies that are becoming more and more real; artificial intelligence, robotic process automation, augmented reality, gene editing. Many people are excited by what they see emerging, but many aren’t. They are scared that what little grip they’ve had on the economic ladder is slipping …

In this presentation, internationally renowned futurist Ben Pring will give you a tour of the future of work, and point out which neighborhoods to buy in, and which to avoid.

The world is changing at unprecedented speed. Those who seize the incredible opportunities new technologies are generating and who spread them as widely – to humans – as possible – will lead the way to the future of work. Make sure you’re one of them by attending this do-not-miss session.

Benjamin Pring, Co-Founder, Lead, Cognizant’s Center for the Future of Work

Ben Pring co-founded and leads Cognizant’s Center for the Future of Work. Ben is a co-author of the best-selling and award winning books, What To Do When Machines Do Everything (2017) and Code Halos; How the Digital Lives of People, Things, and Organizations are Changing the Rules of Business (2014).

Ben sits on the advisory board of the Labor and Work Life program at Harvard Law School. In 2018 Ben was a Bilderberg Meeting participant.

Ben joined Cognizant in 2011, from Gartner, where he spent 15 years researching and advising on areas such as Cloud Computing and Global Sourcing. Prior to Gartner Ben worked for a number of consulting companies including Coopers and Lybrand.

At Gartner Ben was the lead analyst on all things “Cloud”; he wrote the industry’s first research notes on Cloud Computing (in 1997!), and Salesforce.com (in 2001), and became well known for providing provocative but accurate predictions about the future of IT. In 2007, Ben won Gartner’s prestigious annual Thought Leader Award.

Ben’s expertise in helping clients see around corners, think the unthinkable, and calculate the compound annual growth rate of unintended consequences has made him an internationally recognized aspect on leading edge technology and its intersection with business and society. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the London Times, Forbes, Fortune, the MIT Review, the Daily Telegraph, Quartz, Inc., Axios, the Australian, and the Economic Times.

Based in Boston since 2000, Ben graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Manchester University in the UK where he grew up.


May 16
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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