Will robots take your job?

My latest piece at MercatorNet looks at the controversial and far-reaching issue of automation and the future of employment:

Until recently, our collective narrative around automation and employment has been quite comforting: we see automation taking away intrinsically undesirable industrial, repetitive, and unskilled jobs, while we are encouraged to pursue more skilled, more creative, and more fulfilling forms of employment. Our current understanding of automation complements our long-standing expectations around self-advancement and the evolution of employment, where the children of blue-collar workers have the opportunity to become tradesmen, white-collar workers, to join the professions, or otherwise reap the benefits of higher education through more highly skilled forms of employment.

But these higher echelons of employment – the kinds of jobs to which we or others are supposed to aspire – are as vulnerable to computerisation as the factory line.

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