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Working group on the future of work

We will conduct critical technical analyses that will contribute to the collective understanding of how AI can be used in the workplace to empower workers and increase productivity.

A focus will be on how workers and employers can prepare for the future of work, and how job quality, inclusiveness, health and safety can be preserved.

Future of work working group report

Executive summary

Our first activities

We will first gather and analyse ongoing and concluded experiments and real-world cases of AI at the firm level, providing insights into the current state-of-the-art in AI interfaces and AI-driven processes. In the short term, we will also assess what are the best AI-based technical training methods to train workers for skills, including for jobs of the future (e.g. immersive learning, Moocs, adaptive learning, blended, etc.).

Medium-term activities

After GPAI’s first Multi-stakeholder Experts Group Plenary, 3-4 December 2020, the working group will choose additional topics to address among the following:

  • Analysis of technical capabilities for human-to-machine collaboration (HMI), and coevolution and automated decision delegation within the workplace, and its impact on worker physical and mental health and on organization;
  • Analysis of how decent and positive work conditions can be operationally fostered in working situations characterized by increasing use of AI systems;
  • Review the technical applicability of AI experiments conducted in the private sector to public employment and social services;
  • Identify emerging issues that should be considered when establishing further AI experiments at the firm level, including criteria for successful and inclusive execution;
  • Insight on biases and inequalities generated through AI; and political, ethical and technical insight on how to correct for it;
  • Develop experiments on delegation of decision-making to AI systems and human-to-machine collaboration with a focus on trust;
  • Setting up a living lab on the future of work as a platform, a place, or network for exchange on applied experiments at both the individual and firm levels about the impact of AI tools.

Our experts

Group contact point: GPAI Paris Centre of Expertise

Group members

  • Wilhelm Bauer, Fraunhofer IAO (co-chair)
  • Yuko Harayama, RIKEN (co-chair)
  • Rodrigo Castañeda Miranda, Mexico's National Chamber of Transformation Industries (CANACINTRA)
  • UB Desai, Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad
  • Laurence Devillers, University of Paris-Sorbonne/CNRS-LIMSI
  • Arisa Ema, University of Tokyo, RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project
  • Olivia Erdelyi, University of Canterbury, College of Business and Law
  • Yann Ferguson, The Toulouse Institute of Technology
  • Carl Frey, Oxford Martin School, Oxford University
  • Mark Graham, Oxford Internet Institute
  • John Hepburn, Mitacs CIFAR
  • Sean Hinton, SkyHive
  • Elanor Huntington, Australian National University
  • Anne-Marie Imafidon, Stemettes Institute for the Future of Work
  • Michela Milano, University of Bologna
  • Seong Won Park, National Assembly Futures Institute, Seoul, Korea
  • Matthias Peissner, Fraunhofer IAO
  • KingWang Poon, Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities at Singapore University of Technology and Design
  • Paola Ricaurte Quijano, Tecnológico de Monterrey; Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University
  • Lorenzo Rosasco, University of Genova; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
  • Ajay Shah, India's National Insitute of Public Finance and Policy
  • Lilijana Šprah, Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts Scientific Research Center
  • Oliver Suchy, German Trade Union Confederation
  • Lay Lim Teo, Accenture
  • Marianne Wanamaker, University of Tennessee Institute of Labor Economics
  • Petra Weingerl, University of Maribor


  • Stijn Broecke, OECD