Future Work

Only Humans

Harold Jarche has posted a brief review of “Only Humans Need Apply” by Thomas H Davenport . In his review Harold has added the main attributes that he sees as being needed to meet the book’s criteria for human adaptation to a world of automation: Step-up: directing the machine-augmented world (creativity) Step-in: using machines to augment work (deep thinking) Step-aside: doing human work that machines are not suited for (empathy) Step narrowly: specializing narrowly in a field too small for augmentation (passion) Step forward: developing new augmentation systems (curiosity) I challenge any UK-based educator or politician to identify where we are systematatically encouraging those attributes in our young people.

The rise of the machines (continued)

Following on from The machines may eat your job, but that might not be a bad thing, I notice that Joanne Jacobs has written Who will work? Education, automation and jobs in which she references the (Obama) White House report “Artificial Intelligence, Automation, and the Economy” , which in turn was informed by the Frey and Osborne paper I referenced. Joanne goes on to highlight from that White House report that an increasing proportion of US high-school students are not “college-ready” at the end of high school.

The machines may eat your job, but that might not be a bad thing – are any politicians acknowledging this?

Introduction There are a growing number of indicators that the nature of employment will change radically in our lifetimes, but politicians are all ignoring this. Background On BBC Breakfast this morning there was a piece about robots, themed on the forthcoming exhibiton at the Science Museum, In the piece they interviewed Michael A. Osborne , Associate Professor in Machine Learning, University of Oxford in which he repeated the research estimate that robots would replace 35% of UK employment by 2030, e.