As more jobs are automated, how many of us will still have productive work?

Ross Dawson, Oct 08, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Interesting analysis of the jobs that will be automated by computers in the not-too-distant future. As we might expect, things that require rote manual skills will be automated. More interesting is the set of categories that won't be automated, according to this chart - management, computer engineering, education, legal, arts, healthcare and service. But I wonder about that - how long, for example, before we just turn over management functions like budgeting and time management over to computers? Meanwhile, the other thought that strikes me as I look at this chart: whatever happened to the 4-hour workday? At some point, doesn't increasing automation and productivity give us more time off?

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