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The future holds “more and more things that look like science fiction, and fewer and fewer things that look like jobs.” So predicts economist and research scientist Andrew McAfee in this energetic lecture. McAfee envisions a high-tech world where machines flood the workforce and forever change the nature of human labor. Those prepared for the shift will fare best, McAfee says, so getAbstract suggests this talk to employers, employees, policy makers and educators.


In the 1800s, the Luddites beset England’s looms to protest “the age of technological unemployment.” Their worry, which many others have voiced in the interim, was needless; employment did not plummet. But a shift is beginning. Machines are developing astonishing new abilities: They talk, see, write and comprehend. In the near future, androids and other technology will replace humans in many jobs, ushering in the “new machine age.” The change will bring economic boons. Historically, advancing technology has increased output and quality while decreasing prices. This trend will continue. Moreover...

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Economist and author Andrew McAfee is a principal research scientist at the Center for Digital Business at the MIT Sloan School of management.

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