Society 4.0 Forum: Shaping the Digital Economy for Good

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 09:30 to 17:00
AGSE202 Lecture Theatre
Swinburne University of Technology
Hawthorn VIC

What is the digital economy? What does it mean for your organisation? How can we avoid ‘more of the same’ as we reshape systems and work as the 4th Industrial Revolution happens?

The Fourth Industrial Revolution – Industry 4.0 – is already upon us. Industry 4.0 means disruption to how we do society and work due to potential of mass data digitisation linked with machine learning, predictive analytics, artificial intelligence, robotics and automation. It’s effects are happening now and going to intensity. Can we work together to ensure new systems for governance, management and impacts on work, that drive good equality, rather than a past drive focusing on efficiency that hasn’t always been good for citizens, workers and industry.

Presented by the Social Innovation Research Institute and Swinburne Research, in association with Family Life Ltd (Australia), Analysis & Policy ObservatorySAP and Pro Bono, this forum will scrutinise some of the key issues associated with Society 4.0, including:

  • How can we design ethical data governance, information systems and analytics that involve citizen and service data?
  • How can we build social and alternative values into systems design?
  • How can community, human services, industry and government partner to use the potential of data analytics, for good?
  • What do we need to do to ensure the digital economy is good for work, workforce and workplaces?

The Forum will draw on worked examples rather than conjecture and give attendees the opportunity to engage with national and international leaders who are currently implementing and using digitising technologies.

We will provide positive cases as well as timely lessons about how organisations can check that they are ready for Industry 4.0 and that they drive change that provides positive change for clients and staff, and has positive impacts on the future of the economy and public services. We can make the next era of work and society good, but we need to think and starting working on it, now.