The floor scrubber of the year 2000, as seen from the 19th century, complete with attendant human.
A common theme from science fiction is a vision of a world where humans do less work and machines do more. Why have we not yet reached that point?
Where are all the people in this factory?
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The Industrial Revolution led to centuries of social and economic upheaval. Are economists telling us not to worry about workplace automation because things will be better in a couple hundred years?
Just seeing plants can have a huge impact on your mood.
Bringing nature into the workplace can lead to a number of benefits, including reduced stress and increased creativity.
Future robots will work side by side with humans, just as they do today.
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Rather than fret about how many jobs future technologies will destroy, we should focus on how to shape them so that they complement the workforce of tomorrow.
In the seventeenth century lawyers, civil servants and other new professionals began to work from offices in Amsterdam, London and Paris.
The history of the office illustrates not only how our work has changed but also how work's physical spaces respond to cultural, technological and social forces.
Dreaming of ways to retire.
With life expectancy stalling and austerity partly to blame, the UK must rethink its approach to retirement.
Theresa May: not bowing to pressure to ban zero-hours contracts.
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Two experts assess the prime minister's claim and what the evidence says about the impact of a ban.
Technology can help workers in many ways.
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People will still be needed on factory floors, even as robots become more common. Future operators will have technical support and be super-strong, super-smart and constantly connected.
University students experiment with human-robot interaction and autonomous manipulation, two elements of manufacturing’s future.
Today, the U.S. is leading the robotics revolution. But without timely investment, China will overtake us, and could permanently put Americans out of work.
In this episode we look at historical visions of the future and how accurate they were, the future of work, and what it's like to predict the future for a day job.
Machines are set to take over all of our jobs in the near future, author Tim Dunlop predicts.
Business Briefing: why the future is workless.
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We need to embrace a future where machines do our jobs for us and the government gives us a basic income as a safety net, author Tim Dunlop says.
The paradox of autonomy?
Flexible work is on the rise but research shows it often leads to people working longer hours than they would otherwise.
There was enormous growth in casual employment prior to 1998.
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The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) said that casual employment has not increased in Australia for the past 18 years. Is that right?
The future of work is an issue on many people’s minds.
Talk about the future of work is in the air these days, but will all the chatter lead to action and better living standards for tomorrow's workers?
Could they be after your job?
There are very few jobs that are can't be done in principle by robots and artificial intelligence. What will you do when a robot takes your job?
Future technology won’t just be a gadget we use, it will re-structure our societies.
Throughout history, whenever new technologies have emerged that change our means of production and ability to communicate they have tended to transform society. The rapid technological development of the…
How to protect your employment prospects as robots take over more jobs.
In Australia, there are reports that up to half a million of existing jobs could be taken over by robotics or machines run by artificial intelligence. So with smarter computers taking on more of the work…
With smartphones allowing work emails to be checked out at all hours, the separation of work from leisure is becoming increasingly blurred.
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For many of us, smartphones and laptops have enabled an electronic untethering from physical and temporal limitations workplaces, creating the opportunity for greater flexibility to fit paid work in and…
Technology and globalisation are dramatically transforming the workers and workplaces of the future.
The modern workplace is constantly evolving. The water cooler and the 9-to-5 grind are quickly becoming relics of the past; what is in store for the future? The Conversation has been running a series…
The changing face of shift work: fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workers may be wealthy, but are their lifestyles unhealthy?
Welcome to the Future of Work, a series from The Conversation that looks at the ongoing evolution of the workplace. Today, Griffith University’s Olav Muurlink looks at how the mining industry is single-handly…