Summary of 3 Myths About the Future of Work (and Why They’re Not True)

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Economist Daniel Susskind addresses the increasingly common concern that machines will take human jobs. His nuanced talk targets three myths that oversimplify or misunderstand the future of automation. Ultimately, Susskind aims toward reframing the problem of “technological unemployment.” getAbstract recommends this talk to anyone interested in technological change, economics or “the future of work.”

In this summary, you will learn

  • Which three myths about the “automated future” can cloud human thinking and
  • Why the displacement of human workers is actually “a good problem to have.”

About the Speaker

Oxford economist Daniel Susskind co-authored The Future of the Professions and is a fellow at Balliol College.



Recent technological advances make people worry that machines will take their jobs. Yet while technology will transform the labor market, exactly how isn’t clear. Three myths cloud people’s understanding of the problem:

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