Digitisation has been changing Europe's societies and economies for the last twenty years, and this evolution is gaining speed. The transformative powers of artificial intelligence, big data, Internet of Things, mobile and blockchain technologies are on course for a fourth industrial revolution. This development is overwhelmingly for the good, improving living standards, life expectancy and quality of life. Nevertheless, it can also have disruptive effects, most notably on labour markets.
It is critical for social cohesion and the sustainability of our social models and for strong democratic institutions that rapid technological change is effectively managed so as to maximise the benefits and minimise the negative effects. This includes equipping our citizens at all ages with the tools and capacities to participate fully and successfully in this digital transformation.
The workshop will analyse the impact of these developments and discuss policy options to respond to these challenges.
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