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Nobel Prize winner to discuss how AI is shaping work

Published: 9 January 2024 at 10:30

Professor Sir Christopher Pissarides

Sir Christopher Pissarides gives lecture about influence of automation technologies

Nobel Prize winner Professor Sir Christopher Pissarides will speak about how automation technologies, particularly those driven by artificial intelligence (AI), is shaping the labour market during a free public lecture at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) later this month.

The event, which will also be livestreamed, will explore how new automation technologies, especially ones driven by AI, are affecting most jobs, including many that previously were considered immune to such changes. 

Professor Sir Christopher, who received the Nobel Prize for Economics in 2010, will speak about how major economies are adapting to these changes, what skills these new technologies need, and the implications for work and employer wellbeing in the future.

Sir Christopher is Regius Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics and the Professor of European Studies at the University of Cyprus. He is a macroeconomist who specialises in the economics of labour markets, economic growth and structural change.

Through his position as Co-Chair of the Institute for the Future of Work in London he is actively involved in securing the conditions for the creation of good work in the age of automation.

The talk is the annual Dean’s Lecture for the Faculty at Business and Law at ARU. Professor Mohammad Ali, Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), said:

“We are delighted to welcome Professor Sir Christopher Pissarides to ARU for our annual Dean’s Lecture. 

“Automation and AI technologies are advancing at breakneck speed and are now affecting almost every area of our lives. The labour market faces big changes and challenges in the coming years to adapt to these new technologies.

“This promises to be a fascinating evening that is relevant to anyone who participates in work and the labour market.”

The event will take place at ARU’s Cambridge campus from 6pm until 7pm on Wednesday, 17 January. The event will be followed by a drinks reception.

In-person places are free but must be booked in advance via the Eventbrite link. Anyone wishing to attend virtually should register at this separate link.