IIEP Strategic Debate: Can education systems anticipate the challenges of artificial intelligence?

27 April 2018

Watch the webcast of this Strategic Debate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScQf_0gZw5g

View Stuart Elliott’s presentation: https://box.iiep.unesco.org/index.php/s/5idmfptBQJFGRq8

View Steven Vosloo’s presentation: https://box.iiep.unesco.org/index.php/s/8xfCc2D6qdLy56W


There is increasing concern that artificial intelligence could automate many jobs and displace scores of workers in the next decade or two. The usual response to this possibility is to argue that automation has never caused long-term unemployment in the past and that displaced workers just need more education to move into higher-skill jobs. But is this the right response and will it be enough? 

In our upcoming Strategic Debate, Stuart Elliott, the Henry David Visiting Scholar at the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, will provide some tentative answers, while putting forth a proposal for even better answers that will take us into the future.

We will also welcome Steven Vosloo from UNESCO as the discussant and Suzanne Grant Lewis from IIEP-UNESCO as the moderator. 



  • Stuart Elliott, Henry David Visiting Scholar, U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
  • Steven Vosloo, Senior Project Officer,  Section of Youth, Literacy and Skills Development, UNESCO (discussant)
  • Suzanne Grant Lewis, Director, IIEP-UNESCO (moderator)

When: Tuesday, 15 May 2018
4pm– 6pm (CEST)
A cocktail will follow the event.

Where: IIEP-UNESCO auditorium
7-9 rue Eugene Delacroix, 75116 Paris

This event will be held in English with simultaneous interpretation into French (only in English via livestream).




Watch the webcast

Not in Paris? We will be livestreaming this debate (4pm CEST). Make sure to register here to receive a reminder and link to the web cast. 

Join the debate on Twitter with the #StrategicDebate and @IIEP_UNESCO.

2018 Strategic Debate theme

There is widespread recognition of the global learning crisis, with millions of children and youth unable to perform basic skills in reading, writing, and math. What is less clear is what children need to learn and how we can foster all-inclusive quality education for a rapidly changing future. In pursuit of SDG 4, we must look beyond the obvious and debate new ideas and strategies that will ultimately redefine learning while ensuring accessibility for all.