Industry 4.0 & the Future of Work over Breakfast

 

Panel Members (left to right): Matthew Tobin, Prof Paula McDonald, Dr Sean Gallagher with Dr Glenda Amayo Caldwell (QUT) and Assoc Prof Markus Rittenbruch (QUT)

As we gear towards digital disruption, artificial Intelligence and developments around robotic and autonomous systems of Industry 4.0, the future of how we will live and work in Australia is uncertain. Design Robotics brought together academia, industry and government to this IFE Future of Working And Living Breakfast to have a connected and dynamic discussion about the development of skills, training and the question of how to shape future technologies. Hosted by QUT’s Institute for Future Environments and the Design Lab, the session began with the Hon. Cameron Dick, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning, began by reiterating the Palaszczuk Government’s vision of the advanced manufacturing sector to be an international leader by 2026 as evident by the ARM Hub partnership.

 

Future of Working and Living

Dr Sean Gallagher, Director of Swinburne’s Centre for the New Workforce, Swinburne University of Technology.

Dr Sean Gallagher, Swinburne’s Centre for the New Workforce

The session began with Dr Sean Gallagher discussing how key exponential digital technology, digital hyperconnectivity and digital ecosystems is changing the face of work. He went on to discuss how digital technologies are going to take on routine and predictable tasks but the current mindset is unable to envision that future work will focus on creativity and innovation. This was illustrated through various examples such as UAP’s work with robots, remote mowing systems and a telecom company that has a specialised ‘disruption ready’ workgroup. He ended his talk with 10 ways to Reimagine Work, which included having agile flat-structured working groups, a risk-taking and resilient mindset and most importantly, that ‘ideas’ are going to be the most valuable feature of future work.

 

Labour in the digital economy: A looming crisis of (in)decent work? 

Prof Paula McDonald, Associate Dean Research, QUT Business School

Prof Paula McDonald, QUT Business School

Prof Paula McDonald discussed the precariousness of decent work with the rise of gig work in the digital age. While the talk covered the dichotomy of technology i.e. where the price of being connected is the loss of privacy, she documented ways that workers were resisting being monitored and surveilled.  She concluded her talk by recognizing that as future work gets diverse and individualised, it is important to ensure standards of decent work and job security. 

 

Design Robotics: UAP’s Collaboration between IMCRC, QUT, RMIT 

Matthew Tobin, Founder / Managing Director UAP Company

Matthew Tobin, UAP

This talk showcased UAP’s collaboration with the IMRC, QUT, RMIT on the Design Robotics for Mass Customisation Manufacturing project (2017-2022), to use innovative robotic vision systems and software

user-interfaces to reduce the integration time between design and custom manufacturing. 

Matthew Tobin showcased the use of cross-reality technologies such as Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality in manufacturing to reduce waste, empower creative design and support shorter delivery times. 

This followed by a Q&A on the following questions:

  • Why and how are companies in Australia using design and technologies to drive the Future of Working and Living?
  • How can Australian universities and industry work together to develop design and technologies for the Future of Working and Living?
  • How can Australian universities and industry work together to foster skill development to address how we will live and work in the future?
  • How does policy impact and inform the Future of Working and Living?

 

IFE FUTURE OF WORKING AND LIVING BREAKFAST

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Date: Wed 2nd October 2019 

Time: 7am-9am

Venue: QUT Design Lab, Gardens Point.