Automation and labour


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Arguably for millennia, but certainly since the industrial revolution, technological development has been driving changes in labour practices. This has been accelerated by globalization and automation and is likely speeding up as sensors and artificial intelligence improve and costs fall:

Both for individuals and governments, it’s hard to discern what this means when planning for the labour force of 2050 and beyond, except, perhaps, don’t build careers on anything that is easily automated.


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. February 3, 2017 at 1:46 pm
. February 3, 2017 at 1:57 pm
. February 6, 2017 at 12:35 am

Bill Gates and Elon Musk are sounding the alarm “too aggressively” over artificial intelligence’s potential negative consequences for society, says MIT professor Erik Brynjolfsson. The co-author of The Second Machine Age argues it will take at least 30 to 50 years for robots and software to eliminate the need for human laborers. In the meantime, he says, we should be investing in education so that people are prepared for the jobs of the future, and are focused on where they still have an advantage over machines — creativity, empathy, leadership, and teamwork.

. February 9, 2017 at 1:16 pm

Actors, teachers, therapists – think your job is safe from robots? Think again

Thanks to advances in artificial intelligence, many jobs that weren’t considered ripe for automation suddenly are

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