Future of technology and work talk series launched

 A new talk series from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) on how technology will shape the future of work in Scotland launches in Inverness next week.

The first talk in the series will be given by digital economy specialist Sanna Ojanperä at the  #HelloDigital workshop space at Inverness Campus hosted by HIE. The free talk will take place at 12.30pm on Wednesday November 28 and will also be streamed online.

Sanna, a researcher and doctoral student at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford and at The Alan Turing Institute will discuss the opportunities and risks that technology poses to jobs on a global level, with particular attention given to implications for the Highlands and Islands.

A leader in the subject of how work is accessed through online platforms, Sanna is also a Future of Work Fellow at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and has recently been published by the Alan Turing Institute, the national institute for data science and artificial intelligence.

The event is open to representatives from businesses of all sizes and will offer networking opportunities from noon before the talk.   

April Conroy, #hellodigital’s Project Manager, said: “Changes brought about by the huge leaps in technology are affecting every part of our working lives and the opportunities for businesses are immense.

“This series of events will bring together leading thinkers on the future of work to help companies maximise the potential of technology in changing the way we work and the very nature of the work we do.”

The local business community are encouraged to come hear Sanna speak in-person, at this free event on Wednesday 28 November.  For anyone further afield, the main presentation will be available to watch online.

Sanna Ojanperä said: “The changing nature and organisation of work and its diverse impacts on societies will need to be understood through not just best practice applied to new topics, but also emerging research approaches and themes rooted in data science and artificial intelligence, such as machine learning, robotics and network science.


“As the future of work quickly becomes the present, there is an urgent need for scholarship that attempts to understand how to make our new world of work sustainable, equitable and just.”

To book a free place at the event, please register here.

The next event in the series is on December 12 entitled ‘Can technology level the playing field for disability in the workplace?’ with Liberty Bligh from DWP as guest speaker. This event will explore how technology is currently, and will increasingly, remove the barriers of disability inequality in the workplace.