AI, Blockchain and the Digital Economy at Davos 2019

Earlier this year, Davos played host to the 49th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, bringing together over 2,500 business leaders, politicians, economists and journalists to discuss the world's most pressing issues.

In line with the overall event theme of "Globalization 4.0: Shaping a Global Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution", Reuters hosted a series of live discussions on the future of AI, blockchain and the digital economy, featuring a range of industry experts.

Below is a summary of these dicussions including the full video recordings. 


The Future Workforce: The Role of Humans in a Machine Age

AI, robotics and automation are gaining speed in the modern workplace. With that comes much promise, but also much peril. How far off are we from impactful business results due to the use of these technologies, and a potentially significant dislocation of human work as a side effect?

In this discussion, hosted by Reuters Editor-at-Large Axel Threlfall and sponsored by Cognizant, an expert panel explored the impact of AI on the workplace with speakers including:

  • Alain Dehaze, CEO, Adecco 
  • Stephanie Kasriel, CEO, Upwork
  • Ben Pring, Head of Center for Future of Work, Cognizant 
  • Amy Webb, CEO, Future Today Initiative  
The Future Workforce: The Role of Humans in a Machine Age

Blockchain in Healthcare Insurance and Beyond: Are we Ready?

Blockchain’s rapid development is impacting economies, enterprise and society. As an emerging shared IT infrastructure, blockchain and distributed ledger technology are shaping the architecture of Globalisation 4.0, as many industries seek ways to democratize access to information in ways that unlock value for all stakeholders.

In this discussion, Reuters News Anchor, Angeline Ong, hosted a live discussion, sponsored by Cognizant, exploring the potential of blockchain to revolutionize the healthcare industry. Speakers included: 

  • Lata Varghese, Head of Blockchain at Cognizant
  • Zia Zaman, Chief of Innovations Asia at MetLife
Blockchain in Healthcare Insurance and Beyond: Are we Ready?

Regaining Trust in the Digital Economy

Data-driven decision making, AI-powered processes, and digital connections to rapidly growing networks of suppliers, partners and customers - it’s all adding up to greater business agility. But at the same time, these emerging technologies render enterprises and society vulnerable to weaknesses in cybersecurity on an unprecedented scale. Reuters presenter Nawied Jabarkhyl, hosted a discussion, sponsored by Accenture exploring the route to building a future digital economy that is ‘trustworthy’ to create real value for global enterprises and societies. Speakers included:

  • Omar Abbosh, Group CEO – Communications, Media & Technology, Accenture
  • Dirk Carsten Hoke, CEO, Airbus Defence and Space
Regaining Trust in the Digital Economy