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Foresight Brief

The ETUI’s Foresight Brief features articles intended for a wide audience within the European trade union movement, including social actors and NGOs, as well as think tanks and European decision-makers. The themes of this publication are linked to the Foresight Unit’s priority areas of work: climate change and new technologies.

Hereunder, you can download the full text of each issue of the Foresight Brief. Also available in French.

#5 Artificial intelligence: a game changer for the world of work

Aïda Ponce Del Castillo (ETUI)

'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. 

#4 Technological revolutions and societal transitions

Gérard Valenduc (ETUI)

Are we currently living through a new industrial and technological revolution? Does it differ qualitatively from similar revolutions in the past? How can we gauge its political implications? Researchers working within the school of evolutionary economics, in particular those who embrace the concept of techno-economic paradigms, regard the ongoing digitalisation of the economy not as a new revolution, but as the turning point between the installation period and the deployment period of a paradigm based on information and communication technologies.

#3 Two futures and how to reconcile them

Philippe Pochet (ETUI)

Although there is little argument about the fact that climate change and the digitalisation of the economy are the two main trends that will matter most over the coming decades, to date they have predominantly been considered separately rather than together. 



#2 A law on robotics and artificial intelligence in the EU?

Aïda Ponce Del Castillo (ETUI)

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.

#1 Shaping the world of work in the digital economy

For better or worse, the digitalisation of the economy has become an unavoidable theme in political and social debates. This new industrial revolution is predicted to disrupt the processes of production, the world of work and society at large. How can we prepare for this and how can we anticipate its effects?

Christophe Degryse (ETUI)

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