Though it has the word “human” in the title, don’t expect HR to remain immune to the impacts of automation, robotics and artificial intelligence (AI). Technology is reshaping every aspect of society, and its potential HR implications are vast and still revealing themselves. Hiring, training and record-keeping are just some of the ways technologies are set to transform the HR function.

Legal circles are abuzz with talk of artificial intelligence and its potential to transform the sector, generate market opportunities, replace lawyers with machines, or simply be the next over-egged technology that fails to deliver on its early promise and marketing hype.

Roundtable: Will batteries power the future?

Fueling a cleaner future. One powered by cells, reducing demand for oil, coal and gas. Could batteries revolutionise energy? They're quiet achievers. Powering our daily lives, we'd be lost without the batteries in our remotes, phones and cars. But the humble battery is undergoing something of a transformation.

Every year the Association of Professional Futurists organizes a conference to explore an emerging topic. The 2017 theme was Global Health Futures: People, Planet and Beyond. I am pleased to report that it was a highly rewarding and educational professional development experience.

Campaigning for the UK election is in full swing, Brexit appears to be the dominant issue for the parties and the media, but what longer term issues do citizens want politicians to be debating as we contemplate the next five years in a rapidly changing world? To explore this question, Fast Future ran a flash survey from May 24th to May 30th 2017. The survey was distributed to our own networks and via a range of social medium forums covering all points on the political spectrum. A total of 209 responses were received, with just over 78 per cent of those stating an origin coming from the UK.

Have you caught any of our recent articles in the media? We’ve been writing and researching a slew of cool topics like HR technology, future law firms, Artificial Intelligence and healthcare. Watch for more articles to come as our futures intelligence—and curiosity—keeps growing.

With so much going on this summer, here we provide a guide to some of the futurist events, conferences and expos happening over the next few months. All of these are on our wish list for summer learning—which ones will you attend? Send us a note with your thoughts and reflections if you go. We’d also love to list your event in future newsletters and blog posts.

Today’s children may live to 120 years old and work up until their 100th birthday. This generation may need to prepare themselves to work in 40 or more different jobs in a fast-changing world where the boundaries between what humans and machines do will continue to shift.