Back to the Future of Work: Old Questions for New Technologies

Darian Meacham*

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In the past decade or so the Future of Work question has emerged as a major policy concern at national and international level. This is in large part due to opportunities and challenges created by the development of data and AI driven automation technologies, and in the past two years by the Covid pandemic, which has led many employees and employers to rethink the ways in which they work, as individuals and organisations. In the USA, there is now talk of a great resignation, as many employees reconsider the value and quality of their working lives. If there is one lesson that we have already learned it is that the future of work question resists easy formulations and answers, nor is it primarily a matter of jobs being replaced by automation. As work touches nearly every aspect of our lives the future of work is bound to be a complex question in need to careful investigation. In this talk I won't offer predictions, but try to unpack the problem, asking not so much what is the future of work, but rather how should we ask good question(s) about it in the first place.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInnovations for Community Services. I4CS 2022. Communications in Computer and Information Science
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-06668-9
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Computer science
  • work
  • Labour conflict
  • future of work
  • artificial intelligence (AI)

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