This week we are looking at work and jobs disruption and potential opportunities, what students need to know and how they can learn for the future.
There appear to be plenty of opportunities for students to explore trends around the future of food, and identify opportunities to work and do business in this area. Investigations into alternative proteins as a food source, business models, entrepreneurship, science and data in agriculture, emerging jobs, analysis of job shortages, the list goes on.
With students and schools in mind we’re looking to take a balanced view of what’s happening in the world of robots and work, referencing some sound research and looking at examples of how robots are affecting firms and workers. We’re also going to take a look at recent technical achievements, along with issues that are starting to appear and are evolving.
AI is already everywhere, and we’ve written about it before. AI decides what we see on Youtube, Netflix and social media. Amazon’s supply chain can’t run without it, and we need to get used to the fact that it’s here to stay. But, as with any emerging digital technology, AI presents enormous opportunities to benefit us, and potential problems as well. Today we’re looking at what some of the challenges might be, along with what young people need to be aware of and talking about, if they’re not already.
The nature of almost all forms of work is changing rapidly, and new skills are required. Routine manual and cognitive tasks such as factory work and analysis are being replaced or augmented by robots and machine learning. Agriculture is becoming automated. So what is happening in the world of work, and how can we prepare for what’s coming?