We need to inspire young people about the Fifth Industrial Revolution

My work with Pinsent Mason and the AI Teacher Course

It was precisely a week ago today that I had the privilege of delivering the keynote about AI and the future of work at the Pinsent Masons Annual All Schools Conference. Janine Atkin from the AI Teacher Course also led an AI training session for the young attendees, guiding them through the intricacies of prompt engineering.

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Janine Atkin in action

Eight different schools from across the British Isles participated, and the young people left inspired about the future of work, technology, and AI. But why would I talk at the event? Well, my job was to inspire the next generation about the world they are about to enter…

How Do You See Your Future Job?

The workplace is evolving rapidly. It’s not just about the traditional 9-to-5 anymore. We’re witnessing a shift towards entrepreneurship and gig work, a reality that requires preparation. Imagine a world where your career isn’t anchored to a single company for decades. Instead, you have the freedom to choose projects, work remotely, and be your own boss. This flexibility is shaping the new norm.

The Fifth Industrial Revolution: Embracing New Intelligences

As we step into the Fifth Industrial Revolution, we see the emergence of various intelligences that will shape our future. We’ve transitioned through steam, electricity, automation, and computers. Now, we enter an era dominated by artificial intelligence (AI), but AI isn’t the only game-changer. Emotional intelligence, independent intelligence, and organizational intelligence are equally vital.

AI has drastically altered many facets of our lives. ChatGPT reached 100 million users in just 72 days — a milestone that took the telephone 72 years to achieve. Understanding and leveraging AI is crucial, but emotional intelligence is also gaining prominence. The ability to manage oneself and others, often categorized as ‘soft skills,’ will be key to success in the new job landscape.

Discovering Your Why in the Future of Work

Understanding your values is essential, both for yourself and for teaching your children. Starting with your “why,” a concept popularized by Simon Sinek, encourages you to explore why you do what you do. Many of us, myself included, didn’t grasp this early on. I was often disruptive in school and faced various challenges. The idea of “Ikigai” — a reason for being — wasn’t something I was aware of back then.

This concept will soon be relevant to you. Knowing your profession alone won’t fill the void; being good at what you’re paid for isn’t enough. Doing what you love but not being able to sustain it financially also falls short. Finding that balance is crucial as we move into the Fifth Industrial Revolution. This new era requires understanding a new set of intelligences, including AI and emotional intelligence.

The Role of Emotional and Independent Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is just one piece of the puzzle. Emotional intelligence is becoming a critical skill as we integrate more technology into work. It’s about navigating emotions effectively. Managing people and relationships will be highly valued. Emotional intelligence is particularly challenging for younger people, but it’s crucial for personal and professional growth.

Independent intelligence is another key component. It involves thinking for yourself and going against the grain when necessary. Young people often have an innate ability to think independently, and nurturing this can be a significant advantage. Combining various skills in creative ways can make you stand out in the job market. Hence, cultivating both emotional and independent intelligence will prepare you for future challenges.

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Embracing the Future of Work

The future of work is changing swiftly. With the rise of AI and new ways of working, adaptation is essential. You might find yourself in temporary gigs or remote work rather than a traditional job. The key to your success will be mastering new intelligences: artificial, emotional, independent, and organizational.

Adapting to the future of work means embracing new skills and intelligences. Stay curious, keep learning, and focus on what makes you unique. This is how you will thrive in the ever-evolving job landscape.

If you’re looking for a Future of Work Speaker, Keynote speaker, or a technology expert to shed light on these topics, I’m here to help.

As an AI thought leader and Tech Futurist Speaker, I delve into these subjects and more, including the Fifth Industrial Revolution. For more information, feel free to reach out to my agents Pomona Partners and see if I can craft a bespoke talk for your organisation.

If you are a school or in the education sector then talk to Janine Atkin from the AI Teacher Course. I am sure she can help you.

It truly was an honour to help such young people and inspire them about their futures. Thanks for thinking of me Pinsent Masons

“Thank you so much Dan for Thursday for our All Schools Conference, it was a great day and your talk on AI kicked off the morning brilliantly. So much energy which is just what we needed!”

Claire Brain Responsible Business Executive. Pinsent Masons.


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