Summary of The Future of the Professions

How Technology Will Transform the Work of Human Experts

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The Future of the Professions book summary
Emerging digital technologies are profoundly changing professions like law, medicine and the clergy.


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Legal technology expert Richard Susskind OBE and his son, Oxford economics professor Daniel Susskind, offer a lucid discussion of how technology is transforming the professional disciplines. While some of their examples – such as Wikipedia or the Khan Academy – will be familiar, others are freshly intriguing. The Susskinds methodically discuss how the technological, social, economic, psychological, ethical and emotional aspects of the professions are changing under the impact of emerging technologies. getAbstract recommends their look ahead to anyone in a professional discipline and to anyone interested in how technology is changing society.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What the professions provide society and how it rewards them,
  • How technology changes the professions and
  • What this portends for the future.


A Mutual Understanding
The professions are central to society and the economy. People trust professionals and expect them to behave ethically. Professional practitioners enjoy elevated social status, often earned through attendance at elite schools known for their quality and economic...
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About the Authors

Legal technology expert Richard Susskind OBE also wrote Tomorrow’s Lawyers. Daniel Susskind, an economics lecturer at Balliol College, Oxford, was a Kennedy scholar at Harvard.

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