Future of Work

A curated mix of articles on the future of work.

Thursday, Jun 8, 2017

Will Robots Take My Job?

In 2013 Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael A. Osborne published a report titled “The Future of Employment: How susceptible are jobs to computerisation?”. The authors examine how susceptible jobs are to computerisation. We extracted the jobs and the probability of automation from the report and have made it easy to search for your job.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

More Robots, Fewer Jobs

Bottom line: Robots do replace workers. On the other hand, some industries that don’t automate end up losing workers anyway, because their costs are too high and their customers go elsewhere. For workers, robots are only part of the problem.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Evidence That Robots Are Winning the Race for American Jobs

Who is winning the race for jobs between robots and humans? Last year, two leading economists described a future in which humans come out ahead. But now they’ve declared a different winner: the robots.

Monday, Mar 13, 2017

How to Tell Your Child No Jobs Will Exist When They Grow Up

Your child wants to be a pilot, barber, or carpenter — ”This is an awful start, Timmy. Cold, lifeless machines will do all of these jobs by 2030. Also, please stop picking occupations that were rejected as too generic for the Village People.”

Wednesday, Mar 8, 2017

The rise of the useless class

Historian Yuval Noah Harari makes a bracing prediction: just as mass industrialization created the working class, the AI revolution will create a new unworking class.

Tuesday, Feb 7, 2017

By 2030, will we all be our own boss?

Stephane Kasriel, CEO of Upwork and co-chair of the Global Future Council on Education, Gender and Work, says entrepreneurs and freelancers represent the future of the workplace, as traditional office jobs become less and less relevant.

Thursday, Feb 2, 2017

No Job Is Safe, But These Skills Will Always Be Valued in the Workplace

In a world where these labor cycles are accelerating, the question is: What skills do we teach the next generation so they can keep pace?

Thursday, Jan 19, 2017

The Home Office Is Dying

Thanks to Wi-Fi and laptops, work is bleeding out across your entire home.

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017

Robots will destroy our jobs – and we're not ready for it

Two-thirds of Americans believe robots will soon perform most of the work done by humans but 80% also believe their jobs will be unaffected. Time to think again.

Friday, Nov 18, 2016

Robots won't just take jobs, they'll create them

I think it’s time to look at this in a different way: Robots in the workforce present an opportunity to stimulate job growth and create new types of work. Robots will not merely take jobs, they’ll also create them.

60% of students are chasing jobs that may be rendered obsolete by technology, report finds

Many of the jobs that young people are training for could vanish completely in 10 to 15 years.

Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016

Chicago company Mavens shows remote work is the future

“The idea that people might be lazy or just lay around at home, that’s a relic of the industrial revolution,” Kanumury said. “For us it has increased productivity tremendously.”

Monday, Nov 7, 2016

Welcome to a world without work

Automation and globalisation are combining to generate a world with a surfeit of labour and too little work.

Thursday, Oct 27, 2016

Jobs that no longer exist

A list of jobs that no longer exist.

Tuesday, Oct 25, 2016

The future of work manifesto

Our manifesto for the future of work is to use technology to build a way of working together that is superior in productivity, yet better matches our instincts; to free humanity from the mental shackles of wage slavery.

Thursday, Oct 20, 2016

The Future of Work

In the future, as workers increasingly choose independence over employment, and more people look to start new projects of their own, distributed organisations will become increasingly prevalent.

Wednesday, Oct 19, 2016

A disaster is looming for American men

Job destruction caused by technology is not a futuristic concern. It is something we have been living with for two generations. A simple linear trend suggests that by mid-century about a quarter of men between 25 and 54 will not be working at any moment.

Tuesday, Oct 11, 2016

Want a job in 2025? These are the sectors to focus on

By 2020 more than a third of the core skillset of most occupations will be made up of skills that are not considered crucial to the job today, according to the Future of Jobs report.

Wednesday, Oct 5, 2016

A world without work is coming – it could be utopia or it could be hell

Robots will eventually do all our jobs, but we need to start planning to avert social collapse.

Thursday, Sep 22, 2016

What's the Future of Jobs?

Is STEM our future?

Monday, Sep 19, 2016

The Future of Work Is Eye-Opening

We asked 16 people how the future is changing their work. Here’s what they said.

Thursday, Aug 25, 2016

The End of Meaningless Jobs Will Unleash the World's Creativity

The developments and innovations produced by passion, and aided by technology, have stretched the imagination. From the realization of many concepts formerly considered science fiction, to the creation of new forms of art, we already stand in awe of what passion and innovation can achieve. Just imagine a world where that output is expanded exponentially.

Monday, Jul 25, 2016

Melissa Valentine: Re-Inventing the Way We Work

A team of researchers explore why “flash teams” of professionals coming together for projects can have profound implications for the way organizations work.

Friday, Jul 22, 2016

How Work Will Change When Most of Us Live to 100

A multi-stage life will have profound changes not just in how you manage your career, but also in your approach to life. An increasingly important skill will be your ability to deal with change and even welcome it. A three-stage life has few transitions, while a multi-stage life has many. That is why being self-aware, investing in broader networks of friends, and being open to new ideas will become even more crucial skills.

Monday, Jul 11, 2016

Would a Work-Free World Be So Bad?

Fears of civilization-wide idleness are based too much on the downsides of being unemployed in a society premised on the concept of employment.

Monday, Jun 27, 2016

Say Goodbye To Knowledge Workers And Welcome To Learning Workers

In today’s workplace environment, does it matter what you know or how you know it? It turns out how we value workers is changing, and the emphasis now is on learning and adapting instead of coming into a job with the skills required to do everything.

Friday, Apr 8, 2016

With 'Gigs' Instead of Jobs, Workers Bear New Burdens

But anyone who cares about the future of work in the United States shouldn’t focus too narrowly on the novelty of people making extra money using their mobile phones. There’s a bigger shift underway. That’s a key implication of new research that indicates the proportion of American workers who don’t have traditional jobs — who instead work as independent contractors, through temporary services or on-call — has soared in the last decade.

The Future of Work Will Be Distributed

As technology continues to shrink the effective distance between every human on the planet, it’s melting away geographic barriers between co-workers and ushering in a new type of globally distributed workforce. For startups and larger companies alike, embracing and innovating around this new model of work will be critical to competing in a dynamic global market.

Wednesday, Mar 30, 2016

Welcome To The Post-Work Economy

For the future economy to work, we need to get rid of our unhealthy fixation on what work and jobs mean to our self-worth.

Wednesday, Mar 16, 2016

The future of work is 5 billion customers looking for a good job

Let me tell you about the largest business opportunity the world has ever seen. It’s larger than the entire world economy today and it is about to happen right now.

Sunday, Mar 13, 2016

A Future Without Jobs? Two Views of the Changing Work Force

In the utopian (dystopian?) future projected by technological visionaries, few people would have to work. Wealth would be generated by millions upon millions of sophisticated machines. But how would people earn a living?

Tuesday, Mar 8, 2016

Why the Future of Work Is at Home

Even a cursory look at the social, environmental, and economic impacts of working from home indicates that even more people could and should be.

Wednesday, Feb 3, 2016

11 experts at Davos on the future of work

Nowhere will the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution be felt more than in the world of work. It was a hot topic for discussion at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos. Here’s our line-up of what the experts are saying about it.

Sunday, Dec 20, 2015

The Death Of The Office: What Happens When The Workspace Is Mobile, On-Demand And All About Networking

Meanwhile, for workers of all generations, working is now more than ever considered an “experience,” rather than merely the source of a paycheck.

Thursday, Dec 10, 2015

My father had one job in his life, I've had six in mine, my kids will have six at the same time

In the ‘gig’ or ‘sharing’ economy, say the experts, we will do lots of different jobs as technology releases us from the nine to five. But it may also bring anxiety, insecurity and low wages.

Wednesday, Dec 2, 2015

What the Future of Working at Home May Look Like

Here’s a look at some of these innovative structures, and how they solve some of the biggest problems home-based businesses face.

Friday, Nov 6, 2015

There is something extraordinary happening in the world

We still haven’t realized of something extraordinary that is happening. A few months ago, I freed myself from society, I’ve released myself from attachments I had and fear that locked me to the system. And since then, I started seeing the world from a different perspective. The perspective that everything is changing and most of us have not even realized that. Why is the world changing? In this post I’ll list the reasons that take me to believe this.

Sunday, Oct 11, 2015

The office - From cubicles to open space to maybe no desk at all

CBRE is more than 20 offices into a companywide initiative, called Workplace 360, through which it’s converting every branch into “address-free” locations without assigned desks or cubicles, and with fewer workstations altogether.

Monday, Aug 17, 2015

A World Without Work

For centuries, experts have predicted that machines would make workers obsolete. That moment may finally be arriving. Could that be a good thing?

Tuesday, Aug 11, 2015

Tech Aesthetics

Twitter has log cabins and Facebook has graffiti — what do the offices of tech giants tell us about the future of work?