The relationship to work is one of the central themes in the transition to the post-pandemic world. For a projection into this future, our team has chosen to delve into the geopolitics of talent. What will be the skills of tomorrow? How do we manage the workforce, especially the lack of it? How do we retain relevant skills in the face of such rapid technological change? Where will the future talents come from, and how can we attract them? These are just some of the questions that preoccupied us for this issue.
Of course, the challenges related to artificial intelligence quickly found a prominent place in our research. It is the breakthrough of 2023, the consequences of which we are just beginning to grasp, so it is our duty to anticipate the resulting changes.
There is no doubt that they will have a significant, if not unprecedented, impact on the labor market. The deployment of AI represents the automation of work expanding into the service sector. Humans are no longer the only ones capable of performing all the intellectual tasks that make up the daily life of service companies, which are prevalent both in Europe and the United States.
Therefore, we anticipate that universal basic income will inevitably emerge in the wake of AI. It is the only viable option for governments and acceptable to public opinion in Western countries. This radical social upheaval will find an essential ally in central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). Combined, universal basic income and CBDCs will act as a safety net for the first victims of this leap into the unknown.
Symbolising a shift of skills from the public to the private sector, the space industry and its New Space movement will witness, by 2030, a disruption in access to talent, stripping certain States of their sovereignty over a domain that was once their exclusive realm.
The future of work means new generations. To illustrate the theme of this issue, we sought the perspective of Fabienne Goux-Baudiment, who shares her experience on human resources challenges, particularly in the context of the geopolitics of talent.
Lastly, in our regular “investments, trends and recommendations” section, we wanted to provide you with a practical guide to understand and even take advantage of the resources made available through the myriad of AI applications developed or updated this year. You will find references and general principles to hop on board this fast-moving train heading towards the future.
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