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Technology and the future of work.

How will new technologies transform the workplace? What will be the implications for employment? And what is likely to be its impact on productivity in the global economy?

CEDA welcomes international thought-leader and McKinsey Global Institute Director and Senior Partner, Dr Jacques Bughin, from Brussels to share the latest research on the impact of technology on business, society and the workforce. 

Together with our panel of local leaders we examine:

  • The new frontier of data and analytics, automation, robotics and artificial intelligence;
  • How digitisation is unfolding across industries and how businesses are responding;
  • Where machines could replace humans - and where they can't; and
  • The opportunities and implications for business leaders, policy makers and the workforce.  
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QUEENSLANDERS IN CONVERSATION: The Future of Work: Is capitalism dead?

How will technological advances transform our work? Is capitalism dead? As our current jobs disappear to ever more sophisticated automation, what kind of jobs will we be doing in the future, if any? Will the new economic reality cause a greater gap between the rich and the poor or will it free up our potential to live better lives?

In the second Queenslanders in Conversation talk for 2017, ABC Radio Brisbane’s Steve Austin will facilitated a conversation between high profile panellists, audience members and online viewers.

Dr Claire Mason
Dr Claire Mason is a senior social scientist in Data61 of the CSIRO and an independent consultant at SER&I. Her work focuses on understanding the opportunities and challenges associated with our increased reliance on digital technology across a range of contexts – in our homes and businesses, in our jobs, in vocational education and training, in regions and in later life. Her research has been published in international peer reviewed journals, profiled in mainstream media outlets and has informed both government and industry strategy.

Adrian Osman
Adrian Osman is the co-founder & CEO of Pitchblak, a startup education and advisory company. Pitchblak helps entrepreneurs to get it right the first time through group programs and hands on advisory sessions. Outside of Pitchblak, Adrian owns a number of his own startups, with over 100 staff working for his ventures.

Professor David Peetz
David Peetz is Professor of Employment Relations at Griffith University, in the Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing and a co-researcher at the Inter-university Centre for Research on Globalisation and Work in Montreal. He has been a consultant for the International Labour Organisation in Thailand, Malaysia, Geneva and China, and undertaken work for unions, employers and governments in Australia and overseas. He can be blamed for several books including Unions in a Contrary World (Cambridge University Press, 1998), Brave New Workplace (Allen & Unwin, 2006), Women of the Coal Rushes (UNSW Press, 2010) and Varieties of Gender Gaps (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

Tony Ryan
Tony is an ‘education futurist’. In the past two decades, he has directly worked with over 1,000 schools, colleges, TAFEs and universities in 10 countries on developing learning systems that generate excitement in young people for their future. Tony is the founder of School2School, an organisation that encourages first world schools to support schools in less developed countries. Tony is the author of the Thinkers KeysThe Ripple EffectMindlinksWrapped In Living and a series of manuals and workbooks that stimulate innovative thinking in classrooms. His Thinkers Keys program has been sold and taught in at least 28 countries. In September, his latest book The Next Generation: Preparing Today’s Kids For An Extraordinary Future will be released through Wiley and Sons.

Part of SLQ’s 2017 theme Digital Futures.

Date: Wed 24 May 2017
Venue: SLQ Auditorium 1


At the traditional Australian retirement age of 65, men can now look forward to another 20 years of life, and women another 22 years.

This shift, alongside advances in digital technology, was the starting point for our report, which seeks to start a national conversation about ageing, work and participation. By 2031, it’s projected around one in five Australians will be 65 years old or over. We must leverage the capacity and energy of older Australians, but how?