Chapter 5There Are No Jobs – But There is Lots of Work


Nothing will work unless you do.

Author, Maya Angelou1

Anxiety (and at times panic) about work is nothing new and we are currently living through the latest phase of intense concern over work – and powerful questions abound. Where are the jobs? Will the machines replace us? Will we be paid enough? What skills matter? By definition, the Digital Renaissance of Work applies to those with work … but what about the availability of work itself? The Second Machine Age by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee caused a media storm in early 2014 by proposing the increasingly feasible prospect and fear that the robots will steal our jobs.2 With good reason, since an Oxford University study from ...

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