Briefing note - People, machines, robots and skills

Technological unemployment is a recurring theme, but joblessness in the digital age will depend on human, not artificial, intelligence.

With forecasts that nearly half of jobs in advanced economies may be automated out of existence, excitement at the prospects of what the World Economic Forum says is a Fourth Industrial Revolution is tempered by worries that people will either lose their jobs to robots and machines, or be unable to find suitable work in the new digital age.

 Before reaching conclusions about the future, it is important to understand the different ways technology is changing the world of work: job substitution, job creation and job transformation.

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