How to Prepare for an Automated Future

Sebastian Thrun left the co-founder of Udacity, which provides online courses, recorded for a programming class with Andy Brown, a course manager. Experts say online courses will be essential for workers to remain qualified as more tasks become automated. 
Credit: Max Whittaker for The New York Times

What can workers do now to prepare?

Consider it part of your job description to keep learning; many respondents said — learn new skills on the job, take classes, teach yourself new things.

Focus on learning to do tasks that still need humans, said Judith Donath of Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society: teaching and caregiving; building and repairing; and researching and evaluating.

Only some people are cut out for independent learning, which takes a lot of drive and discipline. People suited for it tend to come from privileged backgrounds, with a good education and supportive parents, said Beth Corzo-Duchardt, a media historian at Muhlenberg College. “The fact that a high degree of self-direction may be required in the new workforce means that existing structures of inequality will be replicated in the future,” she said.

Even if we do all these things, will there be enough jobs?

Jonathan Grudin, a principal researcher at Microsoft, said he was optimistic about the future of work as long as people learned technological skills: “People will create the jobs of the future, not simply train for them, and technology is already central.”

However, a third of respondents who were pessimistic about the future of education reform said it won’t matter if there are no jobs to train for.

“The ‘jobs of the future’ are likely to be performed by robots,” said Nathaniel Borenstein, chief scientist at Mimecast, an email company. “The question isn’t how to train people for nonexistent jobs. It’s how to share the wealth in a world where we don’t need most people to work.”

Service companies, contractors, and builders utilize advanced technology at home and in the office to increase work efficiency, manage daily tasks quickly, and create a more positive workspace.

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Reviewed by Hernani Del Giudice on July 28, 2018 Rating: 5

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