Free online course explores AI, robotics and the future of work

Friday, 07 December, 2018

Free online course explores AI, robotics and the future of work

UNSW has announced an open online course designed to arm employees and businesses to work in a rapidly evolving world affected by artificial intelligence, big data and robotics.

‘Designing the Future of Work’ is a massive open online course (MOOC) exploring how employers and employees can adapt to a rapidly evolving world in which artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and big data are changing the fundamental nature of how we live and work.

It brings together leading business and design thinking to answer questions such as:

  • What new, disruptive technologies are on the horizon?
  • How will jobs change?
  • What challenges will employers and employees face?
  • How can the design process help businesses and employees to create innovative solutions to overcome such challenges?

The new free online course shares insights and lessons from AMP’s innovation and ideas program, Amplify. Global thought leaders including Heather McGowan (author and adviser, Work to Learn), Ramez Naam (innovation lecturer, Singularity University), Sue Suckling (chair of Callaghan Innovation) and UNSW Art & Design academics provide detailed insights on how technology will shape the workforce and workplace of the future, the role of humans in this new world, and how to translate this into business design.

Course leader Associate Professor Simon McIntyre, Associate Dean Education at UNSW Sydney Art & Design, said the new MOOC course investigates design strategies that businesses can adopt to find new opportunities in a rapidly changing professional landscape.

“The course shows how people can predict the probable changes that might occur in their own work in the future,” he said. “It also provides design strategies to cope with this change and maximise the potential that these technologies bring for themselves or their business.

“By working with leading futurists and business innovators from AMP Amplify, we were able to bring both academic and practical perspectives to give learners real-world examples and strategies to help them become predictive, adaptive and secure in their own work futures.”

Interested parties can sign up for the course at

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