MIT economist Andrew McAfee envisions future jobs being performed by machines.
From automated cars to warehouse robots (hello, Acumen Brands), many non-creative jobs will go to the ‘bots, McAfee believes. And this, he says, is a good thing. He explains why in a fascinating TED talk earlier this year.
(TEDGlobal 2013 is underway this week in Scotland, FYI.)
McAfee calls it the Age of the Machines, or better yet the Age of Technological Unemployment, where machines acquire new skills freeing up humans to invent new technology creating even more abundance (and entrepreneurship is essential to the economy of the future, he says).
For those who just envisioned Terminator and The Matrix, McAfee says not to worry. He’ll worry about machines becoming self aware the day his computer becomes aware of his printer…
Of course, there are speed bumps ahead. McAfee outlines them below: