Friends of the Salon

Friends of the Salon is an extension of our more formal events, focussing on facilitating similar discussions, but in more intimate settings. Because of the limited capacity, attendance is per reservation only, though the tickets are free. You can purchase drinks at the bar of Karl der Grosse and take them into the function room.

Wed, 16th May, 7PM – 9:30PM

Zentrum Karl der Grosse

The first topic, by popular request, will be the jobs of the future. Will robots make us redundant, enslave or liberate us? Or something else….

John Maynard Keynes predicted widespread technological unemployment “due to our discovery of means of economising the use of labour outrunning the pace at which we can find new uses for labour” (1933).

How do we differentiate a ‘robot’ from ‘AI’?

Will AI enhanced robots accelerate job losses?

Should robots be taxed so that we can afford to pay the unemployed to be retrained?

Will robots create more – but different – jobs than they displace?

Academic studies have put the percentage of US jobs at risk from automation in the range of 35% to 45%.

Let’s discuss this and one more topic chosen by our attendees. Join us!


Topics and Formats

Typically we discuss two topics at one session. One of these we shall be selecting beforehand and announce it with the invitation, the other we’ll decide on spontaneously.

Some current issues that might be of interest include:

Join us there!


Just for the sake of completeness, here are the dates of our past ‘friends’ events:

Thanks to you all who came around!