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A Jobless Future - But We Will Need Smart People


It is crazy to think that less than three years ago, we were still looking for hotels on or Now companies like Airbnb and other s alike are disrupting the 'sharing economy'. And many other pillars of our economy will continue to be disrupted by new innovative technologies.

So as Wadhwa mentioned in the article, innovation will eliminate hundreds of jobs. But it will provide the opportunity for more jobs where education and greater skills will be required.

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  • Rodrigo Mejia

    I'm interested to see how education will change as a result of growing automation. Right now, there seems to be a fever in the K-12 system aimed at holistic education (reintroducing new play models, finding ways to keep art programs going, etc), but in higher education, debt has made pursuing a liberal arts or humanities degree almost foolhardy when considering the returns.

    It doesn't seem to add up. Maybe K-12 will start including basic programming in their curriculum. Or maybe automation will make pursuing a career in the arts more prudent as discussions over universal basic income gain traction. I have no idea where this is going.

    Wherever it leads, being able to understand how the machine in front of you works is always ideal. In an economy where machines are the main artery, it's wise to be the person who tells the machine what to do rather than the other way around.

    • Daniela

      You are right, programming should be a class that schools include in their K-12 curriculum. If everything around us is managed through technolgy, we as users have to be able to know how these machines communicate. Programming changes that way you view devices and the ever changing world around us. I think HourofCode and other movements are doing a great job getting attention on this matter.

      To add to your point on higher education; well, the entire university system needs a new way to give us students affordable education. It is extremely hard to continue to want to pursue higher education if it means loads of debts, and even now when a diploma does not assure us a job.

  • NetJD

    As I've been saying for the last 20 years; there are all types of people and not all people are 'smart', can obtain college degrees, etc... we need livable wage jobs for those who are not meant for college and higher learning.. pushing for a society where those types of jobs are all automated and where everyone must get a degree and be 'smart' is folly. We are continuing to head down a dangerous road of unreasonable expectations for mankind, fueled by those who ignore natural laws and proceed with a 'mankind knows best' attitude. We need to start embracing our world as it is instead of trying to make an unnatural utopia that will surely be destined to fail....

  • Tanner C

    When we look at the ideal picture of the future, a lot of the points here stick. However, how much of this perfect heaven of the future (for many countries, anyway) can become a reality still remains unforeseen.

    I think we'll always have a strong need for smart people to solve big problems. Just because a robot will be delivering your package from Amazon doesn't mean new problems (or even large, existing ones) won't be around.

    • Daniela

      Tanner, I agree 100%.

      With innovation new problems will be created, problems that we cannot even come to imagine today. You also make a great point, how long will it take, and how close/far will it be to a perfect heaven of the future? How many countries will actually be able to handle the infrastructure and logistics to advance an entire country into new technologies.