I Not Robot I Am SmarterThe Straits Times
RECENT bestsellers, The Second Machine Age and The Rise Of Robots, warn of a fast-approaching jobless future and a winner-takes-all economy. The ex-chief futurist of tech giant Cisco David Evans writes that “in 50 years, 95 per cent of everything we know will have been discovered in those 50 years”. Singularity University co-founder Ray Kurzweil anticipates an accelerating pace of change where “the 21st century will be equivalent to 20,000 years of progress at today’s rate – about 1,000 times greater than the 20th century”.
My daughters are six and seven years old and, so, joining the workforce around 2030. Against this backdrop, what kind of livelihood should I prepare them for? Indeed, for humanity as a whole, what does the future hold?