Any task a machine or algorithm can do is something a person is wasted on.

But that is cold comfort to someone who loses his or her job and struggles to find another.

The challenge in shaping the future of work is to ensure people can earn a decent living doing things only people can do.


What prompts these observations are a couple of pieces of work on the future of work, which appeared this month.

The first is a report by the Prime Minister's Business Advisory Council , in collaboration with the international consultancy McKinsey and Co, titled