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CBRE report warns 50 per cent of occupations will be redundant in 20 years time

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We really really really need to figure out how to allocate resources -- including social prestige! -- in a society where full employment is no longer a condition or symptom of prosperity. Ask yourself: if NO ONE has a job any more, what would society look like?

ps When are they going to make a program that can write decent HTML?!?!? Then I can go redundant too :)

Agree completely.  I like this quote (from ex-UCI prof) “Technology will continue to disrupt jobs, but more jobs seem likely to be created. 

'When the world population was a few hundred million people there were hundreds of millions of jobs. 

'Although there have always been unemployed people, when we reached a few billion people there were billions of jobs. There is no shortage of things that need to be done and that will not change.'

There is no shortage of things that need to be done.

But will those things pay?

People need money to live!

The report contradicts the data in the US that suggests that technology is destroying jobs.

Data in the US suggests that technology already destroys more jobs than it creates, as GDP has been able to grow faster than employment since 2000.

But the report states: 'Losing occupations does not necessarily mean losing jobs – just changing what people do.'

Growth in new jobs could occur as much through crowd sourced freelancers as within the bounds of the corporation, according to the research.

'The biggest wild card will be the emergence of 20 to 40 person companies that have the speed and technological know-how to directly challenge major corporations,' it states.

A 2014 report by Pew Research found 52 per cent of experts in artificial and robotics were optimistic about the future and believed there would still be enough jobs in the next few decades. The optimists envisioned “a future in which robots and digital agents do not displace more jobs than they create,” according to Aaron Smith, the report’s co-author.

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