Els de Wind participated in a very interesting panel discussion set up by the Employment and Industrial Relations Committee on The Impact of Technology in the Workfloor during the IBA conference which took place in Sydney last month.
Many aspects of the Future of Work were dealt with. Automation and artificial intelligence will surely have its effects. Jobs will disappear but many will merely be redefined. Jobs will be created too, but mostly with lower pay, less training, and less job security and social protection. Schools and universities will rapidly need to introduce curriculum innovation. We will be faced with the haves and the have-nots: those with and those without jobs. Where will this lead to? Time for a basic income? Only half of the world population is online (uses internet). Is the other half losing out on a fair chance at a better life? Many initiatives are being taken globally (UN, OECD, ILO) to bridge the inequality gap between the rich and the poor. How does this relate to these developments? The gap is widening instead of narrowing. Interesting, but challenging developments.