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In the seventeenth century lawyers, civil servants and other new professionals began to work from offices in Amsterdam, London and Paris. British Museum/Flickr

A short history of the office

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.
Technology can help workers in many ways. Romero, Stahre, Wuest, et al.

Introducing ‘Operator 4.0,’ a tech-augmented human worker

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. Nikolaus Correll

To really help US workers, we should invest in robots

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.
Machines are set to take over all of our jobs in the near future, author Tim Dunlop predicts. Franck Robichon/EPA

Business Briefing: why the future is workless

Business Briefing: why the future is workless. The Conversation18.1 MB (download)
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.
Future technology won’t just be a gadget we use, it will re-structure our societies. Sergey Nivens/Shutterstock

Tomorrow’s technology will lead to sweeping changes in society – it must, for all our sakes

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. Flickr/Chris Isherwood

Job survival in the age of robots and intelligent machines

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. Image from www.shutterstock.com

You’ve got mail, 24-7: a work-life blessing or curse?

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 Future of Work

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? Alex E.Proimos

Despite wealth for toil, FIFO workers find themselves sick and tired

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…
Technology was supposed to ease the burden of work and increase our leisure time. Instead, it has made it easier to work from home and outside of working hours. headexplodie

Tool or time thief? Technology and the work-life balance

Welcome to the Future of Work, a series from The Conversation that looks at the ongoing evolution of the workplace. Today, Monash University’s Anne Bardoel looks at technology and the threat it poses to…

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