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The Future of the Professions: How technology will transform the work of human experts

The Future of the Professions: How technology will transform the work of human experts

By Richard Susskind and Daniel Susskind

This book predicts the decline of today's professions and describes the people and systems that will replace them. In an internet society, according to Richard Susskind and Daniel Susskind, we will neither need nor want doctors, teachers, accountants, architects, the clergy, consultants, lawyers and many others, to work as they did in the 20th century.

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    This book predicts the decline of today's professions and describes the people and systems that will replace them. In an internet society, according to Richard Susskind and Daniel Susskind, we will neither need nor want doctors, teachers, accountants, architects, the clergy, consultants, lawyers and many others, to work as they did in the 20th century.

    The Future of the Professions explains how "increasingly capable systems" – from telepresence to artificial intelligence – will bring fundamental change in the way that the "practical expertise" of specialists is made available in society.

    The authors challenge the "grand bargain" – the arrangement that grants various monopolies to today's professionals. They argue that our current professions are antiquated, opaque and no longer affordable, and that the expertise of the best is enjoyed only by a few. In their place, they propose six new models for producing and distributing expertise in society.

    The book raises important practical and moral questions. In an era when machines can out-perform human beings at most tasks, what are the prospects for employment, who should own and control online expertise, and what tasks should be reserved exclusively for people?

    Based on the authors' in-depth research of more than 10 professions, and illustrated by numerous examples from each, this is the first book to assess and question the relevance of the professions in the 21st century.

    Features:

    • Describes how technology will transform the work of all professionals.
    • Urges readers to rethink the way that expertise is shared in society.
    • Builds on 30 years of research and practical work.
    • Presents groundbreaking thinking on the future of work and artificial intelligence.
    • The first book to challenge the relevance of the professions in the 21st century.
    • Outlines the people and systems that, in the long term, will replace the professions.
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    ISBN: 9780198713395

    Published: 2015

    Format: Hardcover

  • Table of contents
    • Preface
    • Introduction

    Part I – Change

    • Ch 1. The Grand Bargain
    • Ch 2. From the Vanguard
    • Ch 3. Patterns Across the Professions

    Part II – Theory

    • Ch 4. Information and Technology
    • Ch 5. Production and Distribution of Knowledge

    Part III – Implications

    • Ch 6. Objections and Anxieties
    • Ch 7. After the Professions
    • Conclusion: What Future Should We Want?

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