ICT: Friend or Foe for Jobs?
Starting with the first of our initial questions, in the book “Race Against The Machine”, Brynjolfsson & McAfee refer to the “end of work” argument, after Rifkin’s 1995 book of the same title. In it, Rifkin laid out a bold and disturbing hypothesis: that “we are entering a new phase in world history—one in which fewer and fewer workers will be needed to produce the goods and services for the global population".
At the same time, Europe lacks considerable ICT-skilled workforce to accelerate growth and -in contrast to other competing regions- struggles to convert knowledge and expertise into development.
So let's make our opening statement on the role of ICT by commenting this post and reflecting on the following issues:
- Are you a techno-optimist or a techno-pessimist? Do we need less or more ICT? Why?
- What are the conditions that lead to more or less jobs?
- Do you have any specific (good or bad) practice examples in mind at the local or national level?
- What skills would you identify as critical for short and long-term employability?
Looking forward to your opinions!