New Technologies at the Workplace

The EU places a strong emphasis on research, development and innovation (R&D&I). Machine-based systems, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) are usually viewed as innovative technologies that hold the potential to make predictions, recommendations and decisions, influencing work-based environments both in the private and public sectors. Specifically, in the case of robotics a wide-ranging impact can be expected offering new solutions to Smart Health, Home or Transport.

The integration of new technologies at the workplace is not new. Machine-based systems are already part of warehouses and manufacturing businesses and many workers have been under automated surveillance from their employers.

However, the appropriate ethical and legal framework and guidelines are necessary, especially in relation to social aspects as the rights of workers.

Digitalisation in the workplace covers a variety of digital technologies and fast-developing applications, ranging from digital communication and information tools (ICT) to robots and artificial intelligence (AI).

The increasing integration of innovative digital technologies both in the private and public sectors is essential for the resilience and competitiveness of the EU economy.  However, widespread adoption of new technologies, such as AI will result in significant changes in the way we perform our jobs. While not all changes will be negative, the effects will be wide ranging.

Therefore, it is important to address ethical and legal challenges millions of workers already face around Europe today.

The following topics are included:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Robotics and new skills
  • Trustworthy AI
  • Worker’s surveillance

Our Activites

27.10.2023 | Event, New Technologies

Documentary screening and panel discussion on Artificial Intelligence and Transformation of Labour Market in Portugal.


| Publication, New Technologies

New study with EFBWW and Fraunhofer Institute on how does digitalisation affect the workplace in the construction.


11.05.2023 | Event, New Technologies

This online event on platform economy in France, Greece, Italy and Germany took place on May 11. The recording of the event in English is available…


| Event, New Technologies

The PhD Summer School 2023 will take place in Berlin from 11-14 September. This year's topic is AI and transformation of work. Application is possible…


11.01.2023 | Publication, New Technologies

FES Future of Work has published a new report on China's regulation on algorithms. The Briefing is available in English and German and can be…


| Event, New Technologies

The first European Charlemagne Labour Forum took place in November 2022 in Aachen/Germany. A short report and impressions are now available.


21.09.2022 | Event, New Technologies

FES Future of Work hosted together with UNI Europa a joint-session at LABOR.A 2022 on "AI becoming the second boss? A workers’ perspective on…


13.09.2022 | Publication, New Technologies

With UNI Europa we published a new report on algorithmic management (AM) at the workplace. The report presents the findings of a survey dedicated to…


15.04.2022 | Event, New Technologies

Recent technological developments in retail are linked to AI and automation. The digital transformation in retail needs to include workers’…


07.12.2021 | Event, New Technologies

The second Tech-Talk of the FES Competence Centre on the Future of Work took place on 7 December 2021 and was dedicated to "AI and the European Labour…

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