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What future for professions in a world of algorithms?

The sixth annual Harris Debate around ethics in the profession. Join the debate live online this evening following a presentation by Professor Richard Susskind, co-author of The Future of the Professions.

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Wed 14 Nov 2018
06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Online, register to view
1.5 hours formal CPD

The annual RICS debate on ethics

Free online


This year’s Harris Debate will be held at the end of a programme of events celebrating RICS’ 150th anniversary.  Last year’s debate looked at the historical context of how professionalism and ethical behaviour was understood in an 19th century context and how that has changed over time. 

This year we will be looking into the future; what impact will artificial intelligence, machine learning, algorithms, increased use of technology etc. have on the future of the professions and ethical behaviour?

The independent advisor and co-author of The Future of the Professions, Professor Richard Susskind OBE FRSE, will give a short presentation to be followed by a discussion amongst an invited panel, chaired by Lord Bichard KCB (Chair, Social Care Institute for Excellence).

You'll have the opportunity to send questions to the panel and contribute to the debate around the following themes:

  • Future role of professionals
  • Ethics of machine learning – how will ethical behaviour be regulated / maintained?
  • How do algorithms filter access to information, and impact on decision making?
  • What are the potential risks and impact?


06:30 PM  Introduction: Tim Neal FRICS – RICS Senior Vice President

06:35 PM  Future of the professions: Prof Richard Susskind OBE FRSE

07:00 PM  Panel discussion chaired by Lord Bichard KCB

08:00 PM  Event ends

The debate will be streamed live on this page from 06:30 PM UTC on 14 November and will be open for anyone to view. Register to receive reminders. Registering will also add the event to the CPD calendar of RICS professionals.


The Continuing Professional Development Foundation, now known as the Harris Foundation for Lifelong Learning, was formed in 1981 to provide the opportunity for professionals to attend high-quality and affordable seminars.

After 30 years, the Foundation’s founder, Jonathan Harris CBE FRICS passed to RICS the Foundation’s business in 2011 and RICS are continuing to expand the activities and build on Jonathan’s hard work and enterprise.

View all of the previous Harris debates:

  • 2017 - Which Public, whose interest?
  • 2016 - Ethics, competition and growth
  • 2015 - Ethics and the public interest
  • 2014 - Recovering integrity, regaining trust
  • 2013 - Ethics: Lost in translation?


Free online