The discussion around the future of work, which has become ubiquitous in law, policymaking and the media, has so far concentrated on ‘quantitative’ aspects, for instance how many jobs may be replaced by automation, or the introduction of new breeds of technologies, such as artificial intelligence. This mainstream discourse, however, neglects some issues that are crucial for workers. In particular, the risks of invasive work surveillance or discriminatory practices stemming from, or embedded in, algorithmic management and AI systems are too often nderestimated, and the essential role of regulation and social partners in mitigating these risks is overlooked. This is the case, for instance, in the proposal for the EU Regulation on Artificial Intelligence recently presented by the European Commission.

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