‘Future of Work, Future of Society’ a new opinion by the EGE
19 December 2018, Brussels
The European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies has today published its new Opinion: ''Future of Work, Future of Society'.
It was presented to Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, and Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility during an official handover.
The report traces the trends shaping the new landscape of work, assesses the degree to which current governance frameworks are fit for purpose and analyses the ethical implications for individuals and societies. It finds that while digital technologies create value, efficiency gains and unparalleled flexibility, evidence indicates increased precarity and a widening inequality gap.
In order to safeguard European values of human dignity, solidarity and justice, the EGE calls for a shift of focus and a bold re-thinking of the existing social contract. Rather than placing the overwhelming responsibility on individual upskilling, the EU should embark on a societal upskilling, giving renewed consideration to the institutions and economic, political, and social frameworks that shape the welfare of people and societies.
Read the corresponding news alert.
European Commission Science Advice and Ethics Groups at ESOF
11 July, EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF),Toulouse
The European Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisors and the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies organised well attended sessions at ESOF, 11 July.
During the session on Citizens and Science Advice - challenges and opportunities of participatory science advice the panel explored how, in a time of perceived diminishing trust in expertise, citizens’ participation could strengthen the credibility, acceptability and impact of science advice to policymaking.
In the Carbon capture and utilization for climate change: hype or hope? session, co-organised with SAPEA, the panel engaged with the audience regarding climate change mitigation potential and economic viability of CCU technologies. The discussed how the findings of the recent Opinion produced by the Chief Scientific Advisors and informed by an Evidence Review Report delivered by SAPEA will contribute to future EU policy decisions in this field.
The What kind of future do we want for our children? session started with the moderator asking the audience which was the greatest challenge to our children’s futures on which more advice to policy is needed. Speakers expressed their views on the results and shared their vision, and a lively dialogue took place with the audience.
The Ethics in the age of science, technology and innovation: From AI to the Future of Work session focused on the ethical aspects of future developments, namely related to the artificial intelligence and the technological and societal changes in the labour market. The debate with the audience will further feed the EGE Opinion on the Future of Work.
All of the sessions were well attended, by a wide range of participants from local, European and international organisations, including government representatives, representatives of science advice structures, industry, academia, NGOs as well as attendees from the European Parliament.
The General Activity Report of the previous EGE mandate is now available
The European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE) has prepared a General Activity Report describing the main activities of the group in the course of its 2011-2016 mandate. The context of increasing demand for a broadened ethical expertise, the variety of domains and stakeholders engaged in the development of these ethical frameworks, as well as a set of forward-looking perspectives are some of the points in it.
During its 2011-2016 mandate, four extended Opinions were adopted:
- on information and communication technologies
- on energy
- on security and surveillance
- and on new health technologies and citizen participation
In addition, three statements were also produced: on clinical trials; on research integrity; and on gene editing.
Proceedings of the Round Table on the Future of Work
On 5 February 2018, a Round Table was organised by the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE). It brought together a wide range of stakeholders from different sectors of society, including academic experts, international organisations, industry, trade unions and NGOs.
Questions around the concept of work were discussed, with a focus on ethical, moral and governance aspects. The event unfolded in four panels with talks from key stakeholders, followed by an open discussion.