The Economic Singularity Course

The Economic Singularity run by Six members of the Economic Singularity Foundation is an online series of five live two-hour sessions (across two weeks) aimed to equip learners with a better understanding of policy building to make positive outcomes a reality.

The prevailing gig economy raises concerns about shortages of jobs, making everyone wonder about Universal Basic Income. Commentators argue that technological unemployment is imminent. This course explains why policymakers and stakeholders should take that possibility seriously, and explores available policy options.

Sessions

Dates

Early Bird Price

5x2hr live sessions

Starting

27,29 Sept and 4,6,11 Oct

Noon(GMT+1)

Learn live from experts in Artificial Intelligence, Economics and Public Policy spanning more than 4 decades of experience.

Taught by the author of the bestselling book, "The Economic Singularity: Artificial intelligence and the death of capitalism", along with the Chief AI Officer at WPP, a senior BBC journalist, technology leaders from Deutsche Bank and Logicalis, and a senior cognitive scientist at the French National Centre for Scientific Research.

Designed for policymakers, researchers and those assessing policy and its implications

Policymakers

Looking to gain a leading thought leader's views on policy

Academics

Understanding the implications of exponential growth of AI and policies

Journalists

Looking to gain a deeper understanding of the implications of AI

Meet your Instructors

Calum Chace, "The AI Guy", is a best-selling writer on artificial intelligence. His non-fiction books on AI are Surviving AI, about superintelligence, and The Economic Singularity, about technological unemployment. He is a regular contributor to magazines, newspapers, and radio. Before becoming a full-time writer and speaker, Calum had a 30-year career in journalism and in business, as a marketer, strategy consultant and CEO. He studied philosophy at Oxford University, where he learned that science fiction is philosophy in fancy dress.

Daniel Hulme is Chief AI Officer at WPP, the world’s largest communications and advertising group. He joined WPP when they acquired Satalia, London’s largest independent AI consultancy, which he founded and still runs. Satalia’s 100+ people use innovative AI techniques to solve hard problems for multinationals around the world.

Mark Mardell was one of the BBC’s top reporters for more than 30 years. He has interviewed all the UK’s Prime Ministers from Thatcher to Johnson. He was the BBC’s Chief Political Correspondent, then its first Europe Editor, and then its North America Editor. Returning to the UK, he presented Radio Four’s ‘The World At One’ and ‘The World This Weekend'. He is currently writing a book on the roots of Brexit.

Charles Radclyffe is Managing Partner at EthicsGrade, the only ESG ratings and research agency to specialise in the ESG risks of tech companies, and the tech risks of everyone else. He was previously Head of AI at Fidelity, Head of Emerging Technology at Deutsche Bank, and CEO of BIPB Group (now Keyrus), an early leader in the data analytics industry. He has written and presented extensively on the topic of digital ethics.

Edward Charvet is a successful entrepreneur and business leader with 25 years of experience. He is currently CEO at SortYourFuture.com, which has enabled over a million young people around the world to chart their way into rewarding careers. Previously, he ran the EMEA operation for Logicalis, one of the world’s largest cloud solutions providers. He joined Logicalis in 2015 when they acquired the data services business he had founded in 2007. Ed is also an adviser to Coller Capital, one of the largest players in the global private equity secondary market.

Simon Thorpe is a Research Director with the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), where he has carried out cognitive science research for 40 years. Until recently, he was also director of both the Brain and Cognition Research Center (CerCo) and the Toulouse Mind and Brain Institute (TMBI). His research on the brain mechanisms underlying perception and memory has helped develop artificial systems that draw inspiration from biology, and which could replace humans in a wide range of situations.

See what people have said about the experts

“Calum stands out as one of the most insightful and entertaining speakers we have ever hosted. His presentation prompted many enthusiastic and meaningful discussions long after the event was over, which was exactly what we were aiming for!”

Entrepreneurial Society at Imperial College London

“Daniel is an outstanding speaker; thought-provoking, engaging, and eye-opening. In 20 years of event organising, I can remember a few examples of such positive feedback for a speaker. Thanks, Daniel, and I'm happy to be able to recommend Daniel to others looking for an energising speaker on AI.”

Ed Lawson, Director, SC&L Intent Group

“Charles is a very talented business leader and a great mentor from the Level39 ecosystem. He helped Jooxter to shape our go-to-market strategy and our business development approach. Very inspiring and motivating person, Charles brings extremely valuable experience and expertise with regards to Data Analytics strategy.”

Fabien Girerd, CEO at Jooster

" There are many people you work with who you would describe as "very good", but I would place Ed in a unique league of people who are simply bursting with talent and at the same time are an absolute pleasure to work with. Fantastic energy and ambition, mature judgement, the utmost integrity and immensely liked and respected - I would strongly recommend Ed in every professional capacity. I consider myself immensely fortunate to have worked with him in the past and continue to place huge value on his advice, insights and thinking.”

Rob Hamlin, Chief Strategy Officer at CityFibre

A Synopsis of The Economic Singularity Course

In the past, automation has boosted productivity, and therefore wealth - and in turn, employment. But past automation has mostly been mechanisation – the use of machines to replace human or animal muscle power. Increasingly, AI and other technologies are causing cognitive automation, with machines taking over tasks previously carried out by doctors, lawyers, drivers, telemarketers, and others.

Cognitive automation and its exponential growth have resulted in many implications including:

Exponential growth is shockingly fast, so policymakers should take the idea seriously now, rather than waiting to see if it happens.

Course Syllabus

Session 1A - The History of AI and the State of the Art today

This introductory session will be led by Calum and will cover:

  • From ancient Greece to New Hampshire in 1956
  • Two tribes: symbolic AI and neural nets
  • Excessive optimism and AI winters
  • AI’s Big Bang in 2012
  • Google and Facebook snatch Murdoch’s ad money
  • Smartphones: the supercomputer in your pocket
  • We didn’t get jetpacks but we got omniscience
  • Exponential growth
  • Transformers and beyond
  • Privacy, bias, and transparency: regulators to the rescue?

Session 1B - How AI will be implemented in organisations in the next five years

This session will be led by Daniel and will cover:

  • RPA, Chatbots, Analytics
  • Face recognition, speech recognition
  • Natural language processing (NLP)
  • Robotics
  • Operations Research and Optimisation
  • Designing adaptive organisations
  • The T-algorithm
  • Business planning and prioritization
  • AI tools
  • Platforms: AWS, Azure, etc. Libraries: TensorFlow, Caffee, etc

Session 2A - Likely Medium-term Developments in AI

This session will be led by Calum and will cover:

  • A day in the life
  • Software eats the world, AI eats software
  • Digital assistants and “friends”
  • Self-driving cars
  • Robots
  • Healthcare: wearables and insideables, AI drug discovery and more
  • Education: a slow learner
  • The discomfort of disruption
  • Extended Realities: VR, AR, and MR
  • Singularities

Session 2B - Will Technological Unemployment Arrive, and When

This session will be led by Calum and will cover:

  • The industrial revolution
  • This is not the fourth industrial revolution
  • Exponentials
  • The Luddite Fallacy and the Reverse Luddite Fallacy
  • Is it different this time?
  • Self-driving cars (again)
  • Work, tasks, and jobs
  • Pessimistic sceptics
  • Artists: the last men and women standing
  • It’s all about timing

Session 3A - Monitoring, Reporting and Regulation of AI and Automation

This session will be led by Charles and will cover:

  • AI governance in the context of innovation
  • Moving from principles through to protocols and to pronouncements
  • How to consider AI governance in the context of AI strategy
  • Managing technical risks
  • Mitigating ethical risks
  • Mature public policy engagement
  • Regulatory expectations – horizon scan
  • Regulatory expectations – forthcoming EU regulations
  • Investor expectations on Responsible AI
  • How organisations should integrate AI governance into their ESG strategy

Session 3B - Possible Policy responses: UBI

This session will be led by Simon and will cover:

  • A solution to widespread unemployment?
  • Providing other basics – Internet, Energy, Water, Education, Health, Transport
  • Providing basic income via Negative Income Tax
  • Ending Means-Tested Benefits
  • Lifestyle choices
  • Impact on ecology and climate change
  • Impact on business flexibility
  • Financing global UBI with financial transaction taxes?
  • Financing global UBI with asset taxes?
  • UBI and the need for a gradual transition

Session 4A - Possible Policy Responses: Abundance

This session will be led by Calum and will cover:

  • The meaning of life
  • Aristocrats, retirees, and children
  • UBI and PCI (Progressive Comfortable Income)
  • Star Trek
  • Abundance
  • 3As: Automation, Alternative energy, AI efficiency
  • Fully Automated Luxury Capitalism
  • Income vs wealth
  • The Gods and the Useless
  • Blockchain’s killer app

Session 4B - The Great Churn: How to improve Reskilling

This session will be led by Edward and will cover:

  • Knowledge, Skills and Ability
  • Evolving the skills agenda - Technical v Soft
  • Currency of skills in an AI world
  • Transferable skills confidence
  • The culture of lifetime learning
  • Diversified learning channels for job type awareness
  • Linked career pathways
  • Employer's responsibilities
  • Valuing neurodiversity – complementary not supplementary
  • Careers in careers guidance

Session 5A - Advice for Young People

This session will be led by Edward and will cover:

  • Define work, define purpose.
  • ROC – Resilience, Optimism, Creativity
  • Lifelong learning and adaptability
  • Innate ability v learnt skills
  • Exploration and the art of career discovery
  • The virtues of practical idealism
  • Plug into automation’s evolution
  • Find value in human interaction
  • Collaborate on a global scale
  • Mentorship

Session 5B - Summary: What Governments should be doing now?

This session will be led by Mark and will cover:

  • From Nowhere to Nightmare: the need for a positive narrative
  • Four scenarios. Doing nothing isn’t just lazy – it's dangerous
  • The lure of populism: panic and its pitfalls
  • The Big Churn and why we need to learn to love change
  • Is automation our friend? The baby, the bathwater, and luxury spas for all
  • Dystopia, Utopia, Protopia
  • The West and the rest. Same destination at different speeds, or different strokes for different folks?
  • The future can be cheap as chips. But how do we buy the chips?
  • Fully automated luxury capitalism won’t eliminate the allocation problem
  • We might muddle through again, but failing to plan is planning to fail.

Learn Live with a Cohort

Active Learning not passive watching This course is not about watching pre-recorded content. Each session is curated with hands-on activities and direct interaction with either Calum, Ed, Simon, Charles or Daniel. Learn more by doing.

Accountability and feedback You will progress through the course with peers who are looking to go through a similar transformation to yours. Getting stuck is not an option.

Life long professional network Learning won't stop once the course gets over. Learners will have lifetime access to the course community filled with the best minds to learn from and build with.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to attend all of the sessions live in real-time? You don't, but we strongly recommend you do! We record every workshop and make it available for you to replay, at your convenience. However, live workshops will include live exercises, feedback and interaction that will keep you accountable for getting your publications set up.

How much access will I have to the Economic Singularity Foundation (ESF) and the community? Apart from the live sessions which the ESF will be hosting, learners will get to directly interact with the six instructors and the rest of their cohort through a private community set up specifically for this cohort.

Can I expense this course ? It's likely you can, even if your company doesn't have a formal training policy.

Send your manager an email with: 1. Details of the course 2. The time commitment 3. The benefit you'd receive 4. An ask for partial or full reimbursement If they don't respond, remind them of the benefit and deadline after 3 days. Then, enjoy the course !

Will I receive a certificate upon completion? Yes, each learner will receive a certificate of completion which will be sent at the end of the cohort.

I have more questions, who should I talk to? Simply send an email to the course support team at [email protected], and you will receive a response within 24 hours.

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