Robots in surgery – change or revolution in work?

by Laura Seppänen

Robotics is a hot topic. Robots have long performed mechanical work and transport, but are now also making an appearance in services by sensing, as companions and caring. One area of work where robots are making inroads are those work phases that require handiness and dexterity, such as surgery. Robots are part of the digitalization … Continued

WORK2017 Conference 18.8.: Artificial Intelligence or a Migration Background Can Dictate a Person’s Position in the Labour Market


On the final day of the WORK2017 conference, the discussion revolved around how technological systems and social structures influence people’s opportunities in working life. Today’s keynote speakers also explored how researchers can help reduce inequality. They spoke about automated hiring as well as migrant entrepreneurship.   Daniel Greene and Ifeoma Ajunwa: What’s in the black … Continued

WORK2017 Conference, 17.8.: A Social Science Overview of the Future of Work

by SWiPE-en

The second conference day’s keynote speeches delved into the concepts of work, technology and the economy from a social science point of view. The role of robots in future working life was also one of many things that sparked a lively discussion.     Robots and the Future of Work The WORK2017 conference’s Robots and … Continued

WORK2017 Conference, 16 August: The Platform Economy Will Restructure Work


On the first day of the WORK2017 conference, the future of work was discussed, especially from the platform economic point of view. At the same time as algorithms and artificial intelligence are automating many jobs, new jobs are being created on digital platforms. However, there are still several open challenges related to the organisation and … Continued

Renewal is the key to our survival

by Reijo Karhinen

We live at a time in which the global forces of change challenge our societies, businesses and us as individuals to adapt. The main driving forces of change are globalization and digitalisation accelerated by automation, robotization and revolutions in technology. As a result, two pervasive shifts can be identified: the first, a transformation in work … Continued

Why (business) students need to understand the human factor?

by Pekka Stenholm

On last year’s entrepreneurship -award-winning Startup! course I have been observing how students brainstorm, test and bring to market new business ideas. At the same time, I have learned more from them in terms of human behaviour – the human factor – than about entrepreneurship. Interaction between students and understanding others often anticipates team success … Continued

The future of work demands adaptive expertise

by Kaisa Hytönen

In the future of work many professionals will face completely new challenges during their careers; challenges that do not have standard solutions. Solving these kinds of problems typically requires capabilities that combine different professional skills and academic knowledge with new ways of looking at the world. Depending on once learned skills is no longer enough: … Continued

With imagination towards a better world

by Leena Mörttinen

I’m known as something of a geek. I’ve been one since childhood. I spent my slow early years devouring every science book I could find on the shelves of Järvelä library. This choice of reading material may have been the single best investment of my life, in addition learning English. Let me tell you why. … Continued

Should I be Worried? Who’s work will adapt and who’s will stick?

by Mervi Hasu

Full-time teleworking as a part of the ongoing digital transofrmation is still a foreign concept to many, writes SWiPE researcher Mervi Hasu in a blog post for the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (in Finnish). “For more and more people work is no longer a place – that change is not new and has some … Continued

Smart Work in the Platform Economy = Competitive Advantage for Finland

by Anne Kovalainen

In the spring of 2016 the research programme of the Strategic Research Council tasked researchers to consider, and look for in their funding applications, answers and responses to rapid changes in work, skills and working life. Each project selected to join the research programme needed also to respond to questions concerning education and immigration. The … Continued
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