Workforce of the future


By Richard Neary

There are contrasting views on the likely impact and timing of AI's disruption of human jobs. Some consider an emergency response to be required to avoid a work shortage of significant proportions in the next decade while others believe that AI will naturally create new roles for humans thereby obviating the need for pre-emptive measures. 

Whatever the actual position, it appears sensible to hope for the best while planning for the worst and to consider what can be done to at least 'up-skill' the work force in those roles which will be most susceptible to automation. Other forward thinking measures are being explored and are considered in the attached article.    

The first step should be to build up flood defenses against the tsunami. We already know which industries are most vulnerable. Focusing on those, the new New Deal should fund education and retraining programs that provide an opportunity for at-risk employees to learn new skills, geared toward those industries that will be around longer-term. The government could partner with major employers to advertise these training and education programs, and make sure staff are aware of them, as the number of open positions at those employers declines due to automation.
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