It’s been said that one-third of our jobs will be replaced by machines by 2025. Andrew McAfee, a principal research scientist at MIT and the co-founder of the school's MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy has devoted his career to planning for a world where humans recognize the benefits of working alongside machines rather than against them.
At Brooklyn 1.0, a conference organized by Huge to talk openly about some of the biggest questions designers and technologists will be tasked with in the future, McAfee addressed the possibilities of a future without labor. In an interview with On the Media’s Brooke Gladstone, McAfee noted that while technology will automate away many of today’s jobs, people and economies have always benefited from harnessing that same technology.
The next revolution, however, will call for a complete reimagination of both how people and machines work together and what the role of people will be in that arrangement, pointing out that “you never hear people on Star Trek complain about their paycheck.” Luckily, we’re a suitable match. “We have all of these problems technology doesn’t have, and my happy marriage is bringing together how we work with how technology does,” he said.
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