2018 Society 4.0 Forum
In November 2018 we hosted our inaugural Society 4.0 Forum in Melbourne to discuss the emerging digital economy: what it may mean for citizens, for workers’ rights and overall wellbeing. We considered this in the context of a world where data is the new currency, artificial intelligence may be used to drive decisions and automation is becoming the norm.
Speakers included Nick Davis from the World Economic Forum, Edward Santow from the Australian Human Rights Commission, Vyki Englert from BrightHive and Tris Lumley from Think New Philanthropy Capital.
2018 Society 4.0 Forum
Shaping the digital economy for good
The 2018 Society 4.0 Forum discussed challenges relating to the intersection between technology, innovation and social issues in the emerging digital economy.
2018 digital white papers
From this forum we’ve created seven digital white papers that summarise the diverse topics that were explored:
- Data, technology, systems and transformations — Nick Davis
- Artificial intelligence in Australia — Ed Santow
- Realities of community organisations using data and data analytics in the USA — Viki Englert
- What happens when user voice, collaboration and tech collide in the non-profit sector? — Tris Lumley
- How will the data economy affect work? — Beth Webster
- Industry and Society 4.0 — Bronwyn Fox
- Work in the data economy: What action is needed now to ensure good work for all? — Andrew Dettmer
Data, technology, systems and transformation
Nick Davis (World Economic Forum) spoke about the need for humanity to be the core focus of the 4th Industrial Revolution.
Artificial intelligence in Australia
Ed Santow (Australian Human Rights Commission) spoke about the risks and threats of big social change, especially the trend of trusting machines over human beings to make important decisions for us.
Realities of community organisations using data and data analytics in the USA
Viki Englert (BrightHive) focused on practical advice for practitioners, based on the belief that the technology needed isn’t a problem, rather that change is hard and trust is at an all-time low.
What happens when user voice, collaboration and tech collide in the non-profit sector?
Tris Lumley (Think New Philanthropy Capital) spoke about what happens when these three elements collide and the role the non-profit sector plays for social good and social impact.
How will the data economy affect work?
Beth Webster (Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research Impact and Policy at Swinburne) spoke about Industry 4.0 as automation + data exchange + digital technologies. She discussed the major transformations in the workplace and the implications for workers.
Industry and Society 4.0
Bronwyn Fox (Manufacturing Futures Research Institute at Swinburne) spoke of the mindful approach to digitalisation needed to ensure a positive impact on society, enabling us to solve big problems around energy, communications and transport.
Work in the data economy
Andrew Dettmer (Australian Manufacturers Workers Union) spoke on Australia's decline in union membership, and how unions work for the aspirations of workers.
Find out more about the 2018 forum
2018 Society 4.0 Forum presentation slides
Presented in association with Family Life Ltd (Australia), the Analysis & Policy Observatory, SAP and Pro Bono, this forum scrutinised some of the key issues associated with Society 4.0.
Making a fairer society through technological innovation
Nicholas Davies from the World Economic Forum spoke on the topic of machine learning at the 2018 Society 4.0 Forum.
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