Robots in surgery – change or revolution in work?

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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

New research from Aija Leiponen: Storing reliable information on the origins of data is essential

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Although industrial big data-resources accru rapidly, they are seldom distributed or sold in open market places. SWiPE-Researcher Aija Leiponen has together with Pantelis Koutroumpis and Llewellyn Thomas investigated the special characteristics of data markets and evaluated existing marketplaces in terms of market planning theory. In addition to bilateral data exchange, the study also describes centralized … Continued

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

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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

Follow this week’s discussions at the international WORK2017 conference

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Tomorrow begins the three-day conference WORK2017, bringing together over three hundred researchers, decision-makers and business representatives to discuss the digital future of work and the economy at the Turku School of Economics. The SWiPE project is one of the main organisers of the WORK2017 conference.   The WORK2017 conference will provide an excellent opportunity to … Continued

Call for Papers: Special Issue of the Futura Journal

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Futura Journal Special Issue: Education and future working life The WORK2017 conference, Turku School of Economics at the University of Turku, the Turku Centre for Labour Studies and Futura journal will together publish a special issue on the theme: Education and future working life. Futura journal issue 2/2018 invites multidisciplinary approaches studying the relationship between … Continued

(Mediated) Social Interaction in Groups, Networks and Organizations -Conference

(Mediated) Social Interaction in Groups, Networks and Organizations, 23-25 October 2017 Bi-annual meeting of Interpersonal Communication and Social Interaction (ICSI) Division of ECREA ICSI Regional Conference is the 5th bi-annual meeting of the Interpersonal Communication and Social Interaction Division of ECREA, European Communication Research and Education Association. The preliminary conference program is published (, and … Continued