The fact that I've neglected this blog for so long is a case in point!  I've been so tied up with all the excitement around speakers for this event, that I forgot about my blog. Shame on me but as Arnie might say.....I'm back! 

A key speaker will be CEO of tech giant Cisco, Phil Smith who I was looking forward to hearing anyway but then he - or some other really brainy people at Cisco - posted this on Buzzfeed

It made me wonder just how smart we are or if we humans are making ourselves obsolete in the pursuit of all things technological? Can evolution of the species co-exist alongside the evolution of automation; both in terms of function & form? 

Essentially, it all boils down to jobs. Without them, how - or why - do we exist? It's not just the esoteric idea that without purpose there IS no purpose to living, but the practicalities of money and quality of life. Our lives. If we don't work, we don't earn and even the most generous of Governments cannot afford to support incomes without sweat equity. So having designed driver-less cars, hubs that control our houses and self mowing mowers, HOW do we earn money to pay for all these wonderful things? How do we offer a convincing argument to employers about the value of human labour if we ourselves are not convinced enough to use it?

All this - and more - will be talked about by Bankers, Technology geniuses (or should that be Geninii?) Management Consultants, Strategists, Futurists (really) and anyone with an interest in what the future of work will look like over the next 5, 10 or 20 years.  As they said back in the 60's; be there or be square. Oh dear, bring on the future!