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Inspired by Digital Future of Work Summit convened by NYU Stern and McKinsey & Company.
Problem: McKinsey & Company, a management consultancy firm, found that nearly 50% of tasks that people are paid to do could be automated by machines with modern technology. When a human task could be replaced by a machine, it usually is. Machines are more precise, efficient, and don’t need an HR department. This state of affairs is concerning for people who could become unemployed because of increased automation. It is also concerning for the rest of us because people are kind and care about the plight of fellow Americans and because people facing economic anxiety make decisions that affect everyone.
Solution: Many proposed. No consensus.
One idea is to teach people career-building skills that will make them more adaptable to whatever the future brings. These career-building skills would go beyond resume tips and networking workshops. They would help people understand their potential and the myriad of options that exist for them.