Future of Work

A curated mix of articles on the future of work.

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Friday, Aug 16, 2019

The human skills we need in an unpredictable world

The more we rely on technology to make us efficient, the fewer skills we have to confront the unexpected, says writer and entrepreneur Margaret Heffernan. She shares why we need less tech and more messy human skills – imagination, humility, bravery – to solve problems in business, government and life in an unpredictable age.

Friday, Jul 19, 2019

Will a robot really take your job?

A notorious forecast about the automation of jobs has been hugely misunderstood, says one of its authors.

Wednesday, Jul 3, 2019

Robots 'to replace up to 20 million factory jobs' by 2030

Up to 20 million manufacturing jobs around the world could be replaced by robots by 2030, according to analysis firm Oxford Economics. People displaced from those jobs are likely to find that comparable roles in the services sector have also been squeezed by automation, the firm said.

Thursday, Jun 27, 2019

What is work?

The current discussion in the future of work is all about skills and reskilling. It’s how do we give workers a new set of skills so they can continue to be productive. At one level, that’s understandable because a lot of the work is being taken by the machine. But again, it’s not rethinking the work itself.

Friday, Apr 5, 2019

Why I believe the future of work is on the blockchain

It’s time we create an ecosystem that connects people who need high quality work with the global talent base that is waiting to fulfill.

Thursday, Feb 28, 2019

The Rise of the WeWorking Class

Most of us have serious reasons to worry about the future of work, and it’s easy to object to WeWork’s thin consolations on the basis of aesthetic or moral principle. Once you get accustomed to the basic product, however, it’s hard not to find it … pretty nice.

Friday, Jun 1, 2018

Why AI Will Bring an Explosion of New Jobs

But what if we’re wrong about AI? What if it’s not the end of work but the beginning of a massive job boom unlike anything we’ve ever seen in history?

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

How the World’s Biggest Companies Are Fine-Tuning the Robot Revolution

Automation is leading to job growth in certain industries where machines take on repetitive tasks, freeing humans for more creative duties.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Four fundamentals of workplace automation

As the automation of physical and knowledge work advances, many jobs will be redefined rather than eliminated—at least in the short term.

Monday, Apr 2, 2018

Could Singapore hold the secret to preparing workers for an uncertain future?

It’s called second-skilling: developing your skills for a new job while you’re still working. The Asian city-state is investing in its citizens so they can stay flexible and employed.

Tuesday, Mar 27, 2018

What the distant past told us about work in the future

All the times we’ve predicted – wrongly – how technology will change our lives.

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2018

Why jobs of the future won't feel like work

We’ve all heard that robots are going to take our jobs – but what can we do about it? Innovation expert David Lee says that we should start designing jobs that unlock our hidden talents and passions – the things we spend our weekends doing – to keep us relevant in the age of robotics.

Monday, Mar 19, 2018

3 myths about the future of work (and why they're not true}

“Will machines replace humans?” This question is on the mind of anyone with a job to lose. Daniel Susskind confronts this question and three misconceptions we have about our automated future, suggesting we ask something else: How will we distribute wealth in a world when there will be less – or even no – work?

Thursday, Mar 15, 2018

How to Future-Proof Yourself

Skills, behaviors & mindsets to adopt today for uncertain tomorrow.

Tuesday, Mar 13, 2018

Collaboration 2.0: The Future of Work is on the Blockchain

As far as finding new projects and work for freelancers, blockchain enables freelancers to directly and safely connect with people who require products and services. This can be anything from design to copywriting to initiatives for charity to building a bespoke motorbike. A blockchain solution removes barriers and reduces costs.

Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018

6 reasons to be optimistic about the future of work

The path to a good life appears increasingly difficult to find and pursue for a growing number of people. A key factor driving these concerns is the extent to which opportunities for finding stable, meaningful work have increasingly become polarized, favouring those fortunate enough to be living in certain geographies and to be holding certain in-demand skills.

Thursday, Feb 8, 2018

A Million Workers Face an Uncertain Future Unless They Learn New Skills

Report: by 2026, tech-driven disruption will require many to reskill or risk losing their jobs.

Tuesday, Feb 6, 2018

The 9-to-5 workday isn't just hated—it's obsolete

Thankfully, the modern work day is not immutable, it’s simply the standard most people living know. And while it may have served well in years past, that’s not a compelling reason to keep it around. Think of it like landlines, or black and white televisions, or lead-based fuel.

Thursday, Jan 25, 2018

Radically Open: Tom Friedman on the Future of Work

My first rule is: Always think like an immigrant, because we’re all new immigrants to the age of accelerations. Second, always think like an artisan. Always do your job in a way that you bring so much empathy to it, so much unique, personal value-add that it cannot be automated, digitized, or outsourced, and you want to carve your initials into it at the end of the day. Third, always be in beta.

Wednesday, Jan 24, 2018

Post-work: the radical idea of a world without jobs

Work has ruled our lives for centuries, and it does so today more than ever. But a new generation of thinkers insists there is an alternative.