This article was published by The Future Society in Policy Research, The AI Initiative on October 31, 2018

Waking Up ‘Human’ in 2045, Guest Article for The Alan Turing Institute

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Guest article in The Alan Turing Institute’s series on The Future of Work

Policy ResearchThe AI Initiative
October 31, 2018
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This article by Yolanda Lannquist and Arohi Jain in The Alan Turing Institute’s blog series on the Future of Work questions the role of humanity in the digital age. Since the agricultural revolution when humans settled into sedentary life, employment has defined one’s identity, aspiration and role in society. Occupations, from farm labourers to priests, defined social classes in all geographies. Advances in AI and robotics may pave the way for automation of labor particularly for routine and predictable tasks – putting into question the relevance of employment in human life. This departure from the past leads society to confront a pertinent question: what is the role of humans in a post-work world? How will our identities and roles in society change as professional work becomes less ubiquitous? How will we spend our time and find purpose?

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Also see the chapter ‘Tech Street Giants’ by Yolanda Lannquist, Arohi Jain and Ethan Shaotran in Stories from 2045: Artificial intelligence and the future of work – a collection of short stories by the Economic Singularity Club (edited by Calum Chace).