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.