Carl Benedikt Frey Keynote Speaker

  • Founding Director, Future of Work Programme, Oxford Martin School, Oxford University
  • Op-ed Contributor to The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Scientific American
  • Author of 'The Technology Trap, Capital, Labor and Power in the Age of Automation'

Carl Benedikt Frey's Biography

Carl Benedikt Frey is the Oxford Martin Citi Fellow and founder and director of the programme on the Future of Work at the Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford.  He is a global thought leader and keynote speaker on the future of work and how technology is altering the workforce and our economies.

In 2013, Carl co-authored “The Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs to Computerization”, estimating that 47% of jobs are at risk of automation. The study’s methodology has over 6000 citations and has been used by President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors, the Bank of England, the World Bank, as well as a popular risk-prediction tool by the BBC. In 2019, the paper was debated on the Last Week Tonight Show with John Oliver.

In his book, “The Technology Trap: Capital, Labor, and Power in the Age of Automation”, Carl examines the interplay of technological revolutions and the social and political shifts that accompany them. Taking the long-term view, he sees big innovations accompanied by periods of often severe disruption and pain for many, but eventually a more prosperous, equal society emerges. From the industrial revolution to digital and AI, he considers how political, financial and social capital are changed by the spread of technologies. ‘The Technology Trap’ was selected as a Financial Times Best Book of the Year 2019.  In the New York Times Book Review, David Byrne called it “the last great book I’ve read.”

Carl has served as an advisor and consultant to international organisations, think tanks, government and business, including the G20, the OECD, the European Commission, the United Nations, and several Fortune 500 companies. He is also an op-ed contributor to the Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Scientific American, WIRED, MIT Technology Review, Project Syndicate, MIT Sloan Management Review, and the Wall Street Journal, where he has written on artificial intelligence, innovation, remote work, the US-China AI rivalry, and many other topics.

In 2012, Carl became an Economics Associate of Nuffield College and Senior Fellow at the Institute for New Economic Thinking, both University of Oxford. He remains a Senior Fellow of the Department of Economic History at Lund University, and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). In 2019, he joined the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the New Economic Agenda, as well as the Bretton Woods Committee. And in 2020, he became a member of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI) – a multistakeholder initiative to guide the responsible development and use of AI, hosted by the OECD.

His academic work has featured in over 100 media outlets, including The Economist, Bloomberg, The Guardian, New York Times, Time Magazine, Le Monde, and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. In addition, he has frequently appeared international broadcast media such as CNN, BBC, PBS News Hour, Al Jazeera, and Sky News.

Carl completed his PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in 2011.

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Carl Benedikt Frey's Speaking Topics

Automation and the Future of Work

How is artificial intelligence reshaping the world of work? What kind of jobs will people do, what skills will they need, and will there be enough jobs as automation accelerates?

Remote Work and Globalization

How can companies make remote work work? How is productivity, inclusion, and innovation affected as companies shift to distributed models? Have we seen a permanent change to the office vs. home workplace, post pandemic ?

US-China AI Rivalry

Is China closing the gap in artificial intelligence? Does its disregard for data privacy and ambitious industrial polices give it an advantage in AI? And is AI a centralizing technology?

Post-Pandemic Employment Trends

How will labour markets adjust to the opportunities generated by digitalisation and the green economy

The Productivity Slowdown

At a time when innovation is accelerating, why is productivity slowing down? And what can governments and companies do to jump-start productivity growth?

The Rise of Populism

Why is populism on the rise and what does it mean for the future of democracy? What is the role played by automation, inequality, and globalization?

The Future of Cities

What will cities look like in a post-Covid world? Will they remain hubs of innovation or will we see de-urbanization?

Big Tech and Innovation

Is Big Tech hurting competition and innovation, or is it critical to the development and deployment of new technologies? What should be the main policy considerations in Europe and the United States as regulators are taking action?

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Videos of Carl Benedikt Frey

Three ways to avoid becoming an obsolete worker
Three ways to avoid becoming an obsolete worker
Carl Benedikt Frey:
Carl Benedikt Frey: "The Technology Trap" | Talks at Google
Impact'19 Keynote Speech
Impact'19 Keynote Speech
The Great Debate: Skills 4.0
The Great Debate: Skills 4.0
Automation & The Future Of Work
Automation & The Future Of Work
KMF2017 Special Address by Dr Carl Benedikt Frey
KMF2017 Special Address by Dr Carl Benedikt Frey
IMF | Automation and Jobs: Past, Present and Future
IMF | Automation and Jobs: Past, Present and Future

Articles, Media & Podcasts

Books by Carl Benedikt Frey

The Technology Trap: Capital, Labor and Power in the Age of Automation

Comments & Testimonials

“Carl was fantastic at yesterday’s session and the feedback has been great!”
Legal firm - Ireland
Both of his sessions went great! Especially the 'future of work' session was packed with people, and we had to add more seats in the room. :)
Leadership event - Korea
I just wanted to reach out and hope you can pass on my thanks to Carl for joining us at the HR Leaders Forum last month! The Forum would not be possible without the time, energy, and expertise from all our speakers and their teams, so again thank you and Carl for your contribution.
HR event - Australia
I just thought I would extend my thanks for your time and energy yesterday, speaking at our Conference. The event was a huge success and the feedback from delegates and sponsors has been exceptional! Everyone is commenting on the speaker line up and the quality of the content….Golden Nuggets has been mentioned a few times!
Future of Work Conference - London
Will machines equipped with artificial intelligence render the human race redundant? Is work as we know it about to be terminated? When we try to think about plausible futures, history is a better guide than science fiction. In this important new work of applied history, Oxford economic historian Carl Benedikt Frey draws on the experience of the first and second industrial revolutions, as well as the first computer revolution, to offer answers to some of the burning questions of our time. His key point -- that technological disruption of the labor market is usually painful in the short run, whatever the long-run benefits of innovation -- is of vital importance to voters and policy-makers alike.
Niall Ferguson Hoover Institution, Stanford, author of The Ascent of Money

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