Future of Work

A curated mix of articles on the future of work.

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Thursday, Dec 14, 2017

You Will Lose Your Job to a Robot—and Sooner Than You Think

I want to tell you straight off what this story is about: Sometime in the next 40 years, robots are going to take your job. I don’t care what your job is. If you dig ditches, a robot will dig them better. If you’re a magazine writer, a robot will write your articles better.

Tuesday, Nov 21, 2017

When exactly is the future of work?

There’s so much talk about the future of work, but when exactly is it and what do you need to know about it?

Thursday, Nov 16, 2017

What America would look like if it guaranteed everyone a job

Imagine if a well-paying job, with benefits and a high enough salary to pay for rent, transportation, and food, were a human right.

Monday, Nov 6, 2017

Are We Ready For A Workforce That is 50% Freelance?

If freelancing continues to grow at its current rate, the majority of U.S. workers will be freelancing by 2027, according to projections in the Freelancing in America Survey, released today by the Freelancers Union and the giant freelance platform Upwork. The survey found that 50.9% of the U.S. population will be freelancing in 10 years if a current uptick in freelancing continues at its current pace.

Thursday, Oct 12, 2017

Getting ready for the future of work

Artificial intelligence is poised to disrupt the workplace. What will the company of the future look like—and how will people keep up?

Tuesday, Sep 26, 2017

Navigating the future of work: Can we point business, workers, and social institutions in the same direction?

​From the individual 9-to-5 workday to how entire industries function, work is changing faster than ever. Big shifts threaten to create massive societal and economic disruption unless we look seriously at making the future of work productive and rewarding for everyone.

Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017

What the Industrial Revolution really tells us about the future of automation and work

As automation and artificial intelligence technologies improve, many people worry about the future of work. If millions of human workers no longer have jobs, the worriers ask, what will people do, how will they provide for themselves and their families, and what changes might occur (or be needed) in order for society to adjust?

Friday, Aug 4, 2017

Where machines could replace humans—and where they can’t (yet)

In fact, as our research has begun to show, the story is more nuanced. While automation will eliminate very few occupations entirely in the next decade, it will affect portions of almost all jobs to a greater or lesser degree, depending on the type of work they entail.

Thursday, Jul 20, 2017

Technology Will Erase Jobs—But Also Make Everything Cheap or Free

The counterbalance to technological unemployment, Diamandis said, is the demonetization of living—in other words, pretty much everything we need and do in our day-to-day lives is becoming radically cheaper, if not free, and technology’s making it happen.

Wednesday, Jul 19, 2017

The World’s Workers Have Bigger Problems Than a Robot Apocalypse

Work may eventually be automated out of existence, but first, deal with labor shortages and “skills mismatch.”

Monday, Jul 17, 2017

How long will it take for your job to be automated?

We’re often told that machines one day will be able to do our jobs – but when, exactly, is that likely to happen?

Monday, Jul 3, 2017

The future is emotional

Human jobs in the future will be the ones that require emotional labour: currently undervalued and underpaid but invaluable.

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.

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