Executive Roundtable

Why Modern Societies Will Need All the Automation They Can Get (UK)

Modern societies face a wide range of seemingly intractable challenges -- sluggish wage growth, aging populations, rising health care costs, environmental resiliency, global competitiveness, and often worrisome levels of public sector debt.

Fortunately, the Intelligent Automation innovations of the 2020s – including smart products, cities and grids, precision agriculture and medicine, shared ledgers, autonomous vehicles, robotics, sensors, machine learning, and artificial intelligence – can help us address these challenges by significantly increasing societal and large enterprise productivity.  Unfortunately, there is now a growing backlash – especially against AI and robotics – and a real risk that public policy will turn against technology-enabled automation at the very moment it is needed. 

Enterprise automation is now a societal imperative; modern nations will need all the productivity they can get to address today’s ever-more resource-constrained challenges. Whereas digital innovation thus far has been focused mostly on the consumer market, this next generation of automation will need to be led by large enterprises, both public and private sector alike.

In a new research project, LEF are collaborating with the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, the world’s top-ranked science and technology policy think tank, to re-examine the potential of IT to transform and drive automation in large public and private enterprises, the barriers enterprises face, and what governments can do to facilitate such transformations. To help inform the final report, we are hosting an exclusive roundtable to better understand the opportunities and challenges of the coming years. This off-the-record discussion will be led by LEF’s David Moschella with ITIF founder and President, Rob Atkinson.

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