Harvey Lewis

Harvey Lewis

Associate Partner & Chief Data Scientist


Humanity & Technology – Four Perspectives: Getting to grips with AI

Session Overview

Artificial Intelligence. What is it? How will it affect work? Much of the debate centres on tasks that everyone thought would always require human judgement, skills and knowledge but can now be performed more cost-effectively by faster, stronger and smarter machines. Too little of the debate addresses what we might lose, as individuals or businesses, when AI infiltrates our processes – the human touch, the things that used to get done around the edges of jobs, the crisis response.

HR is the latest function to adopt AI but do talent leaders understand it? Do technologists even understand talent? Without a better understanding of the consequences for business performance or the health and wellbeing of workers, is there a risk with the adoption of AI that humanity itself will be sucked out of talent?

Speaker's biography

Harvey is a real-life rocket scientist and data scientist with over 25 years of experience in artificial intelligence, blockchain and other disruptive technologies. He is a strategist, innovator and collaborator with practical and in-depth knowledge of applying AI and machine learning for clients in the public, private and charity sectors. He is currently pioneering the use of AI in EY’s tax business.

Prior to joining EY in September 2017, Harvey was Deloitte’s leader for artificial intelligence and cognitive computing in the UK, and also previously served as head of Deloitte UK’s 65-person-strong research and thought leadership team. He is an accomplished writer and public speaker, winning the 2017 MCA Award for the best use of thought leadership for his research into the future of work.

Harvey provides expert, impartial advice to the Technology Advisory Panel for the Office for Tax Simplification in HM Treasury and the Technology Advisory Group of the EY Foundation. He is a former member of the Open Data User Group, the Public Sector Transparency Board and the Advisory Committee to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on AI. He has recently been appointed an Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School for his contributions on AI and future skills for the fourth industrial revolution.

Harvey lives in the South Downs National Park with his wife and two sons.