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Harris Debate 2018

What future for professions in a world of algorithms?

Harris Debate 2018 
The annual RICS debate on Ethics

Wednesday 14th November 2018
6.00pm - 9.00pm

RICS, Parliament Square, London, SW1P 3AD

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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 18th 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 have on the future of the professions and ethical behaviour.

There will be a talk exploring the possible futures of the professions followed by a panel discussion, chaired by Lord Bichard KCB, and an opportunity for the invited and online audience to participate, questioning panellists and speaker and contributing to the debate on:

  • 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?

Professor Richard Susskind OBE, co-author, The Future of the Professions

David Wood – Chair of London Futurists
Katie King

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Event Details

6:00 PM  Registration and Refreshments

6:30 PM  Introduction by Tim Neal FRICS – RICS Senior Vice President

6:35 PM  Future of the professions

7:00 PM  Panel discussion chaired by Lord Bichard KCB

8:00 PM  Drinks reception

9:00 PM  Event ends


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?