What will future jobs look like?

Economist Andrew McAfee suggests that, yes, probably, droids will take our jobs — or at least the kinds of jobs we know now. In this far-seeing talk, he thinks through what future jobs might look like, and how to educate coming generations to hold them.

Are you Bill or Ted?

There is a big and growingseparation between the fortunes in the western world for “People like Bill” and “People like Ted”.  (Defined at 7:00 in Andrew’s video presentation).

“People like Bill” – not college educated, low-level blue-collar work

Will be replaced by droids.  Increasing divorce, increasing underemployment, increasing social exclusion.

“People like Ted” – College educated, professional type, engineer/doctor/lawyer

Have a great future.  Increasing opportunity, improved lifestyle, great social life.

What do you think?

Is the future this clearly win/loss?

What is the role of education in preparing “People like Bill” for a better inclusive role in the digital droid future?

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2 comments

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  2. Fredi · · Reply

    Although I have a Ted’s profile with a bachelors degree in Business Admin and an Engineering degree in telecommunications. I don’t seem to find an opportunity. I don’t feel this scenario applies in Spain as I feel that Ted does not have an opportunity to show his skills. Or maybe it’s just my personal experience?

    I’m looking forward to find an awesome team to learn and build something meaningful but I haven’t had the chance. I must be doing something wrong,…

    Any suggestions? Thanks ^_^

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