Emerging technology can replace workers -- or train them for new work


In 2012, venture capitalist and entrepreneur Marc Andreesen predicted that jobs will be divided between "people who tell computers what to do, and people who are told by computers what to do." Already, smartphones and other internet-connected devices assign work in a wide variety of environments, from Amazon warehouses to city streets. Workers that take assignments from computers may see their jobs completely automated as artificial intelligence and robots become more capable over time. However, these same devices also have the potential to train workers in new skills and ride out successive waves of automation. Skills training typically comes through higher education or from companies themselves.

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