I can't emphasize how much the 'future of work' posts miss the mark, how much the 'preparing for the jobs of the future' posts miss the mark. This post states pretty strongly just what's wrong with the concept: first, "the problem with work is that we have come to see work as inherently a social and political good.” Second, "People don’t even want jobs. They want to be fulfilled and generate income that at least covers their family’s cost of living." Yes, there is a relation between learning and the future. But it's probably not what you think. See also: The Future of Work is not The Gig Economy.
As somebody now north of 60 I just want to say that I want my pension to be a real; pension - that is, payments based on money set aside to support me during my declining years. Having said that, I've seen many corporate and institutional pension plans fall apart over the years, so I'm not really to put my complete trust in the system. Also, it doesn't really pay that much. So yeah - I'm making sure that I'm continuing to learn so that I can continue to bring value to people who might be willing to pay me for it. But let's not make this a thing - people should be able to rest in their retirement, not work for lunch money.
This is an overnight success story that has been several years in the making. The announcement this week of a new ad-free social network by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales immediately (that is, within a day) attracted more than 160,000 users (I am number 195,812 on the waiting list (update; I paid the $12 and joined (update: and created an Open Learning and Online Learning subwiki))). It's an outgrowth of WikiTribune (see also), a site launched in 2017, "a news wiki where volunteers write and curate articles about widely publicised news." Note, however, that Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Foundation have stated that they "are separate and independent from WT:Social (and) have no connection to the social networking site."
WT:Social is the next-generation attempt. "We will empower you to make your own choices about what content you are served, and to directly edit misleading headlines, or flag problem posts," reads the introduction to WT:Social. "We will foster an environment where bad actors are removed because it is right, not because it suddenly affects our bottom-line." More: Forbes, Independent, betanews, Mario Peshev, ITPro, Hindustan Times, The Week, Engadget.
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