"Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Work". The Dukakis Center at Reworks Agora 2019

"Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Work". The Dukakis Center at Reworks Agora 2019

For the third consecutive year, the Dukakis Center will co-host a session at Reworks Agora, the annual forum of the Reworks Music Festival. The event will take place on September 15 at Ypsilon, at 1 p.m., and will feature Epaminondas Christofilopoulos, UNESCO Chairholder in Futures Research, who will lecture, in Greek, on “Transforming the future of work”. Thessaloniki-based journalist and content strategist Alkistis Georgiou will moderate the session. The Dukakis Center has previously co-hosted Agora sessions on vTaiwan and the Sunflower Movement, and on blockchain and participatory democracy worldwide.

Epaminondas Christofilopoulos is a member of the World Future Society (WFS), Vice-Chair of the Foresight Europe Network (FEN) and Co-Chair of the Greek Node of the Millennium Project, a Washington, DC-based Think Tank coordinating futures research and foresight studies. As he notes, “the world is changing rapidly, while the levels of complexity are also increasing. In this environment, human civilization is in a constant struggle between the efforts to improve living conditions and the increasing magnitude of the complex problems it has to face. Focusing on the future of work, the Millennium Project conducted global research that focused on technological developments and resulted in drafting three scenarios for the future of work and technology in 2050”. In Agora 2019 he will look at these scenarios, examine the role of artificial intelligence, and discuss sustainable strategies for humanity.

Having a background in Physics, Environmental Studies, International Relations, and Foresight, Epaminondas has initially worked in the field of technology transfer and research commercialization, before setting up a new activity related to international research co-operation. Since then, Epaminondas has coordinated several projects in Eastern Europe, the Gulf peninsula, Latin America, Asia, and especially China, where he spent significant time during the last 10 years. Since 2010, Epaminondas draws a particular focus on future studies and foresight. His current interests include the use of gamification methods in foresight, the future of work, the concept of futures literacy, and delivering futures thinking workshops.

Reworks Agora is a cross-thematic forum that features keynote speakers, discussions, musical performances, and screenings by leading experts and pioneers in the creative economy, culture, technology, and contemporary thinking.

This year Reworks Agora marks the start of the 15th-anniversary festivities of the Reworks Festival and is open to everyone. At the end of the day, the forum will close with a big open-air party and a delightful line-up, paving the way for an enjoyable four-day festival.

This year’s Agora event will take place on September 15 at Café Ypsilon at 1pm (Edessis 5, Thessaloniki).

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