Learning to Learn Report Launch

3rd October 2018

A joint report by the Secretariat of the All Party Parliamentary Group on AI (APPG AI), Big Innovation Centre, and professional services firm KPMG was launched October 3 2019 – identifying the key skills individuals and organisations will need if they are to survive and thrive in the unfolding future.

The report finds that jobs in the labour market of the future will look very different from today and the transformation is likely to be dramatic. It also calls for companies and governments to equip citizens and employees for that future, to help them learn the new skills needed to be relevant in a world of constant transformation. The report identifies three key skills categories people will need in the future:

  • skills to build/manage AI
  • skills to work with AI
  • skills to live in an AI-driven society

There will be an increased demand for “broad” skills and the most valued quality in people will be adaptability and the ability to learn. AI will be key to this. Not only will it find personal solutions to help individuals develop their talents, it will be able to match these to a specific task.

AI will be key to this. Not only will it find personal solutions to help individuals develop their talents, it will be able to match these to a specific task.

Niki Iliadis, Innovation and Policy Foresight Manager at Big Innovation Centre said: “It’s now time for good policy makers and good companies to make sure people are ready for a future filled with AI.”

“In an agile, constantly-transforming future, the most important skills for an individual to be equipped with is learning to learn – the ability to process new information into knowledge. The borders between hard skills such as computer science and digital, and soft skills like creativity and problem solving, are merging together.”

 

Many aspects of our society will be revolutionised by AI. The pessimistic view is that many jobs will be automated, causing the much feared ‘AI replacing humans’ scenario. The optimistic view is that it represents an opportunity for unprecedented progress and an exciting opportunity to explore new jobs and frontiers.

Iliadis added: “Simply put – whether you are a doctor, a teacher, or an accountant, you will deliver the same outcomes, but with an all-new job description. It’s the way we work hand-in-hand with AI that will make the difference.”

The report was launched at KPMG offices on October 3rd and was attended by Parliamentarians and business leaders. Speaking to the content of the report were:

  • Professor Birgitte Andersen (CEO & CoFounder, Big Innovation Centre)
  • Niki Iliadis (Innovation & Policy Foresight Manager, Big Innovation Centre)
  • Lord Clement Jones (CoChair, APPG AI)
  • Shamus Rae (Partner, APPG AI)
  • Professor Rose Luckin (Professor of Learner Centred Design, UCL)
  • Priya Lakhani (Founder & CEO, CENTURY Tech)
  • Robert Bolton (Partner, KPMG)

Following the report, the Big Innovation Centre has created a Learning to Learn Centre for Excellence to further explore the need to rethink the existing education system to best prepare our children for the future.