Sinead Bovell

Sinead Bovell

Futurist | AI and Future of Work Expert

On a mission to bridge the gap between young entrepreneurs and the digital future, Sinead Bovell strives to create conversations that will lead towards a progressive, informed, and thriving new era. She is a futurist and the founder of WAYE, an organization that helps prepare the next generation of business leaders for a world radically transformed by technology by focusing on non-traditional and minority markets. Bovell is a five-time United Nations speaker, an experienced host, and certified in AI ethics from MIT.

In 2018, Bovell founded WAYE (Weekly Advice for Young Entrepreneurs), which was shortly followed by the launch of WAYE Talks — a series of monthly events where she educates young entrepreneurs on the intersection of the latest trends in business and technology. To date, she has educated over 200,000 young entrepreneurs on the future of technology; spoken at world renowned institutions, including the United Nations, the US Chamber of Commerce, and Cornell University; and gave a TEDx talk on the ethics of avatars.

Bovell has served as a tech contributor for several publications including The Toronto Star  and the Globe and Mail. She has also been quoted in the New York Times on technology and the future and featured in Vogue for her work in bringing artificial intelligence education to the masses. Bovell was recently recognized by WIRED for her work in bringing “new faces to the table in tech” and currently produces a YouTube series for the publication exploring how tech is changing our world.

Prior to founding WAYE, Bovell received her MBA from the University of Toronto and worked as a management consultant for A.T. Kearney.

The Future of Work

A new world of work is on the horizon, a world in which humans may no longer be the smartest entity in the room. Described by Harvard Business Review as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the future of work will look starkly different from how it looks today. By 2025, 52% of total task hours across existing jobs could be performed by machines. By 2030, up to 800 million jobs could be replaced by technology all together. Our century-old workforce model—learn, work, retire—will become a thing of the past.

But the outlook is not bleak. In this presentation, Sinead Bovell will show that there are skill sets that we can build, policies we can implement, infrastructures we can redesign, and new societal contracts we can implement to empower individuals, companies, and countries alike to reap the benefits of a smart world.

A Future with Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence will disrupt every aspect of how we live and how we work. From sharing a workforce with smart machines to AI-powered homes and vehicles to biotechnology advances that could challenge the very nature of what it means to be human. The future will look starkly different than the present.

While the rise of artificial intelligence should make most people better off over the next decade, it won’t happen automatically. Sinead Bovell explains why we need to tackle bias in algorithmic decision making and address challenging philosophical questions, such as: Is a world without work possible? And why we need to ensure that the technologies of tomorrow get built on the right side of history.

Diversity, Inclusion, and the Future of Work

No longer can conversations about the future of work and diversity and inclusion be separate. Not only are diverse and inclusive teams critical for the bottom line, but they are also critical for preventing historical power imbalances and human biases from getting coded into the future. In the coming decade, nearly every company will adopt intelligent technologies—whether it be through applying artificial intelligence to recruiting processes, automating employee tasks or entire roles, or using AI to drive customer insights. The future of work will be centered around smart machines.

Let’s use this transition into the future of work as an opportunity to accelerate equality in our workforce, and to create a tech-centric society that works effectively for everyone.