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Some key takeaways and perspectives from the Boyden Annual Assembly 2019

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Last Thursday, we gathered at the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) in London for the 2019 Boyden Annual Assembly. A night where leaders from Boyden, together with 150 clients and friends in business meet for a night of innovative conversation. 

The theme this year was – Unintended Consequence, Impact of AI on our future workforce. The topic revealed many positive consequences as we embark on a period of ‘mass learning’ through the ‘evolution of work’.

Nick Robeson, Managing Partner at Boyden UK & Ireland welcomed guests and speakers Michael Priddis, CEO of Faethm AI, who flew in from Sydney, Isabel Fernandez-Mateo, Adecco Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at London Business School and Lucy Shoring, Global Head of Talent Mobility at MetLife. This panel was chaired by Andy Wolfe, Partner for Leadership Consulting at Boyden UK & Ireland. 

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What did we learn? These were some of the key takeaways from the night:


AI will support the ‘humanisation of work,’ as new roles and opportunities evolve.


So, unintended consequences can be positive and negative. The key is to understand what they might be before the algorithm takes over. As we discovered while talking the night away, relationships drive the world, not data. 

We must think over the horizon, to 36, even 48 months out, to understand how investment in AI can enhance our future and with the right leadership, enable us to drive our own evolution.

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