The jobs of the future – and two skills you need to get them

Simon Torkington, World Economic Forum, Sept 11, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

"The World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs study predicts that 5 million jobs will be lost before 2020 as artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology and other socio-economic factors replace the need for human workers."  Keep in mind that the World Economic Forum have been champions of austerity over the years. According to this article, the two 'skills' needed are math skills and social skills. We read from David Deming, associate professor of education and economics at Harvard University, that educators should "complement their teaching of technical skills like mathematics and computer science, with a focus on making sure the workers of the future have the soft skills to compete in the new jobs market." But if we look at his chart (pictured) mathematical skills appear to be almost irrelevant, while the clear line of demarcation is the requirement for social skills. Keep in mind: computers do math. So if you do math, chances are than a computer can do your job.

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