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Blockchain in the world of work: hype or hope?

Among the many disruptive new technologies that have emerged recently, blockchain is the one that has the most potential to profoundly revolutionise society and the labour market. For blockchain to be socially acceptable, however, accountability and transparency in the governance of its architecture is necessary – as is giving all actors, including... Find out more

Labour in the age of AI: why regulation is needed to protect workers

Superpowers, states and companies around the world are all pushing hard to win the AI race. Artificial intelligence (AI) is of strategic importance for the EU, with the European Commission recently stating that ‘artificial intelligence with a purpose can make Europe a world leader’. For this to happen, though, the EU needs to put in place the right... Find out more

Anticipating change, staying relevant: why trade unions should do foresight

Why do foresight? To look at reality from different perspectives. Like any organisation, trade unions have to navigate a complex and interconnected environment where they face constant and evolving social, economic, environmental and technological realities. Foresight can help trade unions by shedding light on ‘blind spots’, enable them to make... Find out more

Artificial intelligence: a game changer for the world of work

‘Whoever becomes the ruler of AI will become the ruler of the world,’ said Vladimir Putin in September 2017. The USA, Russia and China are all adamant that artificial intelligence (AI) will be the key technology underpinning their national power in the future. What place, then, is there for Europe in this context? The European Commission has... Find out more

A law on robotics and artificial intelligence in the EU?

This paper discusses the European Parliament’s Resolution of 16 February 2017 with recommendations to the Commission on Civil Law Rules on Robotics (European Parliament 2017). It provides a brief summary of the content of the Resolution and looks at its basic principles and raison d’être. It also touches on the issue of defining robots and their... Find out more

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January 11, 2021

MEPs need to listen to more voices on artificial intelligence

The European Parliament’s committee exploring AI needs to give the floor to civil society. Big Tech has had enough influence. When the European Parliament established the Special Committee on... Find out more

August 04, 2020

Planning for the future: is your organization working on strategic change?

ETUI works on strategic foresight through its Foresight Unit and through training courses, organized by the Education Department, open to all interested European trade unionists. So far, we have... Find out more