International Workshop in Business History Brussels, November 29, 2018
“Technology and globalization: are they leading to widespread prosperity or are they widening the gap between winners and losers?”
Technology and globalization have historically been perceived as critical levers of economic growth. Critical voices, however, argue that they lead to social disruption and increasing inequality between winners and losers, be it countries, enterprises or individual workers. To what extent can history teach us lessons in this debate and give us hints as to the way going forward?
This hot topic is the theme of the 2018 annual conference of the Kurgan-van Hentenryk Chair in Business History of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB) that will take place on November 29 in Brussels at the Palais des Académies.
Renowned economists, business historians, policy makers and business and civil society representatives will discuss the state of affairs and look at possible ways forward.
In the afternoon both themes will be further deepened through a panel discussion which will start with an introductory speech to which panelists will react. Our panel’s topic concerns “The rise of artificial intelligence and what history teaches us on how technology affects economies”. Questions will be how the impact of AI differs between developing and developed countries and who will be winners and losers in this race?