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How To Academy presents…The Future of Work in the Age of COVID-19 with Daniel Susskind in conversation with Matthew Stadlen.
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The pandemic is just the beginning. With full automation of white collar jobs on the horizon, how can we thrive in a world of less work? Daniel Susskind has the answers.
The global coronavirus crisis threatens has plunged Western economies into an ice age, with skyrocketing unemployment, unprecedented state intervention, and entire industries transformed overnight – in some cases, irrevocably. And those still working have adapted rapidly to new home-working practices that raise long-term questions about the nature of work and the challenges of leadership that will not be settled for many years to come.
But the shock of the pandemic is only the first phase in the transformation of working life in the 21st century. Advances in artificial intelligence mean that all kinds of jobs are increasingly at risk of automation. And contrary to popular opinion, high-skilled white collar workers like doctors, lawyers and architects will be among the most at risk.
So how can we all thrive in a world with less work? Economist and policy analyst Daniel Susskind has spent a decade researching the post-work world, and his first book on the subject won Book of the Year awards from the FT, New Scientist and TLS. Now he joins How To Academy with concrete proposals for distributing wealth, containing the political power of big tech companies and living a meaningful life in a world without work.
Technological progress could bring about unprecedented prosperity – if we can organise society and our personal lives to ensure that everyone has enough to live on. In this visionary, pragmatic and ultimately hopeful book, Daniel Susskind shows us the way.
Praise for Daniel Susskind:
‘An act of delicious iconoclasm’ – Prospect
‘An expert, original and witty work’ – Times
‘Authors Richard and Daniel Susskind do a remorselessly effective job of demolishing the self-deception most people engage in when comparing themselves to machines’ – Financial Times
Daniel Susskind is the co-author of The Future of Professions, named as one of the best books of the year by the Financial Times, New Scientist and the Times Literary Supplement. He is a Fellow in Economics at Balliol College, Oxford. Previously, he worked in the British Government – as a policy adviser in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, as a policy analyst in the Policy Unit in 10 Downing Street, and as a senior policy adviser in the Cabinet Office.
Matthew Stadlen is an LBC presenter. Previously he wrote The Matthew Stadlen Interview for the Telegraph and presented the TV series Five Minutes With and On The Road With for the BBC. He is a birdwatcher and photographer, and his book How To See Birds is out now from all good bookshops.
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