Artificial intelligence and robotics and their impact on the workplace

How can we be sure that labour and employment legislation keep pace with increased automation?

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This article is part of the Forum Network series on Digitalisation

Modern information technology and the daily use of the Internet have strongly influenced the world of work in the 21st century. Intelligent algorithms simplify everyday tasks, and digitalisation will eliminate many fields of work - particularly in the white collar sector - whereas it is uncertain whether the new jobs will be created and what these jobs might be. 

The following report on “Artificial Intelligence and Robotics and Their Impact on the Workplace”, from the International Bar association, examines the changes occurring in the digital working environment. Additionally, it illustrates the associated legal challenges for companies and potential solutions with regard to HR matters. The report can be downloaded at the following link:

"The AI phenomenon is on an exponential curve, while legislation is doing its best on an incremental basis. New labour and employment legislation is urgently needed to keep pace with increased automation".

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