In partnership with Guardian Live, this panel talk brings together leading thinkers in robotics, economics and politics to look at the influence of robots, artificial intelligence and increasing levels of automation on jobs, industry and the economy.

The discussion will look at those job sectors that will be the most heavily affected, and will explore how globalisation is evolving under the influence of robotics. The panel will also attempt to look ahead at the prospect of a post-work world and whether new forms of capitalism may be required in order for humans to thrive in a robot’s world.

Chairing the panel is BBC presenter and science broadcaster Dallas Campbell, who is joined by University of Sheffield Emeritus Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics and head judge on TV’s Robot Wars Noel SharkeyDr Sabine Hauert, Lecturer at Bristol Robotics Lab and Bristol University, and co-founder of online community Robohub also joins us, along with Nick Srnicek, co-author of Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work, and Aditya Chakrabortty, Senior Economics Commentator at the Guardian. Other special guest speakers will be announced in early 2017.

For ages 18+ 


  • £13 Early booking tickets (limited availability)
  • £15 Adults
  • £14 Seniors
  • £13 Concessions

Special offer: Add a Robots exhibition ticket for 30 June to your basket and get 20% off your exhibition ticket.

Further information

  • The Robots exhibition has limited capacity, so if you'd like to see it on the evening of the event you will need to book a timed slot.
  • If you don't pre-book an exhibition ticket, you may need to queue for the next available slot. 
  • Please allow at least 10 minutes to walk from the exhibition to the IMAX Theatre.
  • The Science Museum is open until 22.00 on Fridays. Last entry to the Robots exhibition on Fridays is 20.45.
Event date: 
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 -
19:00 to 20:30