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AI, Robotics and Work

S&O 4th Annual Conference

March 12, 2019 on HEC Campus (T Building)

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What is the promise of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics for organizations and society?

Despite the hype about these technologies, their promise and their perils depend on teams, organizations, policies, culture and leadership. In short, they depend on how we structure our society and organizations.

Please join us in exploring these issues during HEC’s fourth annual conference organized by the S&O and HEC Alumni Association and supported by HEC IDEA Center and DATAIA Institute.

The program:

16h30 - 17h: Introduction - T206

Mitali Barnerjee, HEC Professor, Organizer of the event

17h15 - 18h45: Three Parallel Panel Discussions

Panel 1 : Impact on Labor Market - T305

Panel 2 : Challenges and Opportunities - T307

Panel 3 : Organization and Gouvernance - T304

19h - 20h: Cocktail & Networking

20h - 22h: Plenary Session - T206



The event took place on HEC campus in Jouy-en-Josas. Discussions was in English.

Please find more information on the panels and our guest speakers below.

Introductory conference

AI and robotics offer the promise of revolutionizing work by automating routine tasks and allowing us to devote time to more complex and creative pursuits.

The introduction will highlight some of the promises of AI and robotics,  including  an application of AI (neural nets) for measuring the novelty of over 7000 works of modern art.  Yet,  experts and lay folks are alarmed at the prospect of AI and robotics creating mass unemployment, amplifying social biases and invading our most private lives. The conference examines if these perils are a technological fait accompli?  Or do these tools offer an opportunity to re-think  the structure of our organizations, markets and government to create more meaningful work?

HEC Paris - AI & Robotics conference - March 2019

The Perils and Promises of AI and Robotics

For the fourth S&O’s Annual Conference, HEC academic Mitali Banerjee organized a high-caliber conference on the impact of AI and robotics on work and society. Participants enjoyed lively debates led by representatives from the business community, research centers and...

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Write-ups of the panel discussion

Will AI and Robotics take your job or do they make you more skilled and generate alternate types of employment? The first panel of the ‘AI, Robotics & Work’ Conference at HEC Paris on March 12, intended...
The second panel discussion moderated by Sangseok You, HEC Paris professor was given by 3 business practitioners, Shirine Maher, Co-founder @EdzoAi; Guillaume Lerouge, Director @LaJavaness, Gautier...
Do we have the tools to ensure that AI is working as it was meant to and, if not, fix it? The third panel of the ‘AI, Robotics & Work’ Conference at HEC Paris on March 12, ‘Organizational structure &...


AI is reshaping numerous aspects of the labor market. Workers in the gig-economy, online job platforms, executive search and performance management are all evolving with AI.

The impact of the integration of AI and robots can be multi-faceted and change how we work, communicate, think, and even run a company.

How should businesses be structured so that they benefit from AI and robotics? What governance rules – policies, regulations, collective action- can ensure we all benefit from these technologies?

AI, Robotics and Work photo plenary session speakers final

What is the promise of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics for organizations and society?

Plenary Session

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