Where did all the jobs go?

In one of the earlier weeks’ learning paths, David posed a question about whether there would still be a need for teachers in the future?  At the time, I glossed over the question, busy with the earlier setting up of our digital tools for the course, but it is something that my thinking has returned to a few times.
Apparently, this week, a professor from Oxford (Associate Professor Michael Osbourne) has been visiting Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, to speak to students about the future of work.  Professor Osbourne is a specialist in machine learning and has recently published a study that found 47% of jobs in the United States are at risk of being replaced by automation within a generation.  His message to the QUT students was that if the United States were anything to go by, then robots and computer automation will transform Australia’s job market within two decades.
It seems that jobs in data entry, accountancy and heavy vehicle driving would decrease, possibly even disappear altogether.  Professor Osbourne discusses that the safer jobs to be in were those that required creativity, social or dextrous manual jobs.  A report about his visit can be viewed here.
As teachers in the twenty-first century, we are called on to be flexible and creative in the way we assist students to live and work successfully in the future.  Leonie questioned, what does the future classroom look like, feel like, sound like?  I guess that we just need to continue to adapt to new technologies as they arise.

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