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Richard Susskind

IT Specialist & Futurologist

Professor Richard Susskind is a British lawyer and IT specialist. He is the President of the Society for Computers and Law and an IT consultant to the Lord Chief Justice, and has written widely recognised books including ‘The End of Lawyers?’ and ‘The Future of the Professions.’ A futurologist, he considers the future of service professions and supports the idea that knowledge-based jobs are becoming less important in the digital age. Susskind lectures at the Oxford Internet Institute and the University of Strathclyde. He has advised a number of companies and governmental organisations, such as the UK Ministry of Justice, and has been awarded an OBE for outstanding services.

keynote | German

9.45 a.m.


“The 2020s will not be a decade of unemployment but one of reemployment,” speaker Richard Susskind comments on the fear of artificial intelligence replacing human jobs. Indeed, the progress in technology has started discussions about the future of professions, in an age where computers can, for example, win law cases without human support. The British professor and futurologist Susskind sees these changes as a window of opportunity to get involved. He gives the audience two options: either they compete with technology or they build it. “There is no finishing line in the development of technology,” comments on the future.