The Future of Work – The Content of Jobs

21 October 2019 in Oslo, Norway

How will robotisation, artificial intelligence and automatisation affect how we work in ten or twenty years? And what should students learn in the age of AI and biotech?

  • Learning Centers – A tidal wave in shaping the workforce of the future
  • The National Platform for Learning Systems  –  Uniting experts from science, industry and society  to strengthen Germany’s international positioning in digitalization
  • Towards an inclusive robot society –  Will robotisation and automation destroy jobs and create unemployment?
  • Artificial intelligence in education – How will the education and learning be influenced?
  • Employee 2030 – What will be the required knowledge and skills? How do we fill the gaps? – Panel discussion
  • Trust in a time of transition – Cases from the Norwegian private and public sector
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Programme 21 October

Opening of the conference

Torbjørn Digernes, president of NTVA, and Reinhard Hüttl, president of Euro-CASE
Introduction by State Secretary Paul Chaffey

Keynote: Learning Centers, a tidal wave in shaping the workforce of the future

Xavier Fouger, Dassault Systemes

The conjunction of digital “platformization” of innovation processes and of data centric manufacturing opens perspectives of profound transformations in traditional businesses as well as an acceleration in the emergence of disruptive value creation models. In this journey, engineers’ roles change and rely upon new skills, posing major challenges to engineering education systems and to continuing education schemes. The central role of the workforce of the Future in the ongoing industry renaissance has accelerated over the past years the emergence of Learning Centers. Always inspired, often funded and sometimes operated by industry, such centers provide new learning opportunities in various fields, most frequently in domains that relate to the transformations of manufacturing industry also designated as “fourth industrial revolution”. The presentation identifies common characteristics of this movement and the digital usages shaping the activities of Learning Centers in various countries.

Digitalising in the metals industry:

The National Platform Learning Systems in Germany and digitalisation of the metals industry. A perspective from SMS Group GmbH

Katja Windt, Prof. Dr.-Ing, Member of the Managing Board SMS group GmbH

Today’s hot topics in business are Artificial Intelligence, self-learning systems, Industrie 4.0, digitalisation, the Internet of Things, and cloud computing.

The smart steelworks optimizes its production processes from the raw material down to the final product in an auto-adaptive way employing physical and databased models as part of the integrated supply chain.

On the Importance of Intelligible and Explainable AI

Herman Cappelen, Professor, University of Oslo / Co-Director, ConceptLab

At the core of the Explainable AI (XAI) movement is the claim that it is important that we be able to understand and explain the decision made for us by AI. This talk is about what it is for AI to be interpretable and explainable – and how that matters to our everyday and professional lives. It outlines the philosophical foundation for XAI.

— 10:50 Coffee break —

Future-proofing traditional companies and careers:

How insights from the e-commerce giant Zalando are pushing DNB’s Digital Sales and Service team further

Julia Paulsen, Head of Digital Sales and Services,  DNB

If you are staying still in today’s digital world, you are actually moving backwards; others will be moving ahead, leaving you behind. This is especially true in the service sector industry where consumers are moving online.

Companies are no longer competing mainly on core products and services, but also on the user experience they provide. Consumers will measure a company against the players in the related sector, as well as against the best user experiences they have had in any sector. Suddenly, traditional and trusted incumbent organizations have to face companies such as Amazon, Spotify, Uber, Airbnb and other early internet adapters. Companies will not only have to reconsider their customer interfaces, but also how they can optimize their internal way of working.

What do the companies of yesterday need in order to stay relevant in the world of today? How can these companies develop into being the customer’s choice of tomorrow?

Innovation, productivity, AI, robots and employment: an impossible deal

Hendrik Van Brussel, Emeritus Professor, KU Leuven 

The media has recently spawned many inconsistent, predominantly panicky, predictions about the possible impact of automation on employment and society. Some remarks are therefore appropriate.

Artificial intelligence, although making great strides, is still far from reaching the general intelligence level of humans. Tasks that are easy for humans are difficult for robots – and vice versa.

The link between innovation, productivity and employment is not straightforward. A productivity increase is not a clear consequence of innovation, nor will it necessarily lead to more employment. We will see more job polarisation. Mid-level jobs will disappear to the advantage of high-level and low-level jobs, and we will see the creation of completely new job categories.

To prepare our society for the challenges ahead, our education systems ought to offer education programs based on training creativity and an integrated view on reality as the basic pillars – starting from kindergarten through to PhD-level.

Setting the scene (plenary)

Walter Qvam, Chairperson, Digital Norway

Case sessions

— Please select the case session of your interest —

Case session A

  • Digitalisation and The Norwegian State Educational loan Fund
    Nina Schanke Funnemark, CEO The Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund
  • Services built on top of newspaper distribution – Svosj, case from the Schibsted Group
    CEO, Schibsted Distribution Group
  • Using blockchains for tracing food product, DNV GL – My Story
     Ingunn Midttun Godal, Svosj – Global Business Development Director, Business Assurance, DNV GL

Case session B

  • Management and value creation from integrating disparate data in the business
    Gunnar Staff, Director of Optimization, Cognite AS
  • Production optimization using the Cognite platform
    Aker BP
  • Siemens – Use Cases and their impact
    Frank Bråthen, Head of factory automation, Siemens

Artificial Intelligence + Human Intelligence = Deep Learning + Deeper Learning

Charles Fadel (by video link), Founder Center for Curriculum Redesign

Technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Biotech, etc. are redefining what it means to be human, and succeed in life and work. The world of the 21st century bears little resemblance to that of the 19th century, so learning must be deeply redesigned for versatility and adaptability, implying enhanced competencies in all of the four dimensions of Knowledge, Skills, Character and Meta-Learning (aka “21st century skills”; Social-Emotional learning) and their interdisciplinarity.  AI will also have a major impact on How we learn as well, which will be explored without present-day hype.

Filling the competence gap – The need for new skills

Discussion between:

  • Steinar Holden (Head of the Department of Economics, UiO / Chairman of the Norwegian Committee on skill needs)
  • Simen Markussen (Senior researcher, Frisch Center, UiO / Chairman of the Norwegian committee for lifelong learning)
  • Lise Lyngsnes Randeberg (President, Tekna)
  • Walter Qvam (Chairperson, Digital Norway)
  • Xavier Fouger (Senior Director, Learning Centers and Programs, Dassault Systemes)
  • Geir Øien (Leader for Future Engineering Education at NTNU, former Dean of the NTNU Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering)

—- 15:00 Coffee break —

The «Nordic model»

Panel discussion with:

  • LO, Are Tomasgard (LO-Secretary, LO)
  • Anne Louise Aartun Bye (Director NHO)

Panel discussion

  • Morten Dalsmo, SINTEF, chair of Digital21
  • Nina Sandberg, member of parliament, Labour Party
  • Anne Borg, rector, NTNU
  • Are Tomasgard, LO-secretary, LO
  • Reinhard Hüttl, acatech

20:00 End of reception

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  • Regular admission:  NOK 2,165
  • NTVA members, Industrielt råd, students, PhDs, postdocs, : NOK 1,500
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