Future of Work

A curated mix of articles on the future of work.

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Tuesday, Jan 21, 2020

A World Without Work by Daniel Susskind review – should we be delighted or terrified?

It has long been argued that workers will be replaced by machines, but now the threat is real. How will we bring about a revolution in both work and leisure?

Friday, Jan 3, 2020

The Working World: How Estonia’s digital society is creating a haven for startups and entrepreneurs

In Estonia, remote work isn’t a just a perk for employees. It’s essential for the employers.

Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019

My Hope for the Future of Work

Over the course of the last few years, I’ve had some time to think about what I hope the future of work looks like for the vast majority of people and wanted to share them here.

Monday, Oct 21, 2019

Skills change, but capabilities endure

Why fostering human capabilities first might be more important than reskilling in the future of work.

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2019

The Passion Economy and the Future of Work

These stories are indicative of a larger trend: call it the “creator stack” or the “enterprization of consumer.” Whereas previously, the biggest online labor marketplaces flattened the individuality of workers, new platforms allow anyone to monetize unique skills. Gig work isn’t going anywhere—but there are now more ways to capitalize on creativity. Users can now build audiences at scale and turn their passions into livelihoods, whether that’s playing video games or producing video content.

Wednesday, Sep 25, 2019

More Robots Mean 120 Million Workers Need to be Retrained

More than 120 million workers globally will need retraining in the next three years due to artificial intelligence’s impact on jobs, according to an IBM survey.

Monday, Sep 23, 2019

An Open Letter (and a Rant) on Age Discrimination at Work

One writer, in his 50s, has applied to more than 100 jobs. And a second has had it up to her silver bob with younger colleagues’ condescension.

Tuesday, Sep 17, 2019

Workers Are Fleeing Big Cities for Smaller Ones—and Taking Their Jobs With Them

Workers are fueling a renaissance in American cities that lie outside the major job hubs.

Monday, Aug 26, 2019

Meta-Work: The Work That Goes Into Working Unconventionally

The Kafkaesque bureaucracy that often goes into freelancing, gig work, and part-timing would be enough to turn off even those with stronger stomachs for red tape. But for us millennials, the very idea of managing these tasks is enough to keep many of us in more conventional employment situations than we might otherwise be inclined to explore. All of this meta-work prevents us from effectively engaging in the work we want to do.

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.