Hay Festival: Daniel Susskind on A World Without Work

Oxford University economics professor Daniel Susskind talks about his latest bestseller, A World Without Work


Friday 29th May, 2020 @ 4:00 pm

  • Performance/Theatre
  • Questions & Answers
  • Talk


About the Event

An idea that has found new resonance in the zooming age of lockdown and furlough: From mechanical looms to combustion engines and early computers, new technologies have always provoked panic about workers being replaced by machines. In the past, such fears have been misplaced, and many economists maintain that they remain so today.

Yet in A World Without Work, Susskind shows why this time really is different. Advances in artificial intelligence mean that all kinds of jobs are increasingly at risk. So how can we all thrive in a world with less work? Susskind reminds us that technological progress could bring about unprecedented prosperity, solving one of mankind's oldest problems: making sure that everyone has enough to live on. The challenge will be to distribute this prosperity fairly, constrain the burgeoning power of Big Tech and provide meaning in a world where work is no longer the centre of our lives. In this visionary, pragmatic and ultimately hopeful book, Susskind shows us the way. 

This event is live and there will be a Q&A afterwards.

About the Book

A World Without Work
A World Without Work

Daniel Susskind

Publisher:Penguin Books Ltd

Publication date:14 Jan 2020


3.47 out of 5
7 reviews
""Machines are no longer riding on the coattails of human intelligence""
Financial Times
"the voice of a clever, sensible man telling you what’s what"
The Guardian
"AI may soon be taking our jobs. This study looks at how to adapt to the threat"
The Sunday Times
"Daniel Susskind’s book should be required reading for any potential presidential candidate"
The New York Times
"if your plan is to get up to speed I would recommend it wholeheartedly"
The Times
"(a) fascinating and tightly argued book"
The Sunday Telegraph
"an excellent and timely piece of analysis"
New Statesman