The future ain’t what it used to be

By Jesse Hicks on February 28th, 2016 Uber. Patreon. Robots. From the on-demand economy to crowdfunding to algorithms and automation, the idea of work is changing. In this issue of the Kernel, we’re looking at what’s happening right now, and what our jobs may look like in the future. First, there’s the robot dilemma. Asking about the future of work often seems like asking, “Beyond a certain point of robotic advancement, how many jobs are left for humans to do?” As Greg Nichols found out, butchering—one of the few occupations in our system of industrialized food preparation that can’t yet be done by robots—may be on its way to being automated. The job requires a deft hand that can’t yet be replicated by a machine. That’s changing, though, and when…


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