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The Future of the Professions: How Technology Will Transform the Work of Human Experts

Richard Susskind and Daniel Susskind
Format
Book
Published
Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2015.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
ISBN
9780198713395, 0198713398
Summary
This book predicts the decline of today's professions and discusses 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. This 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 exclusivley for people? Based on the authors' in-depth research of more than ten 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.
Contents
  • Part 1. Change: Grand bargain
  • From the vanguard
  • Patterns across the professions
  • Part 2. Theory: Information and technology
  • Production and distribution of knowledge
  • Part 3. Implications: Objections and anxieties
  • After the professions
  • Conclusion : what future should we want?
Description
xiv, 346 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 309-335) and index.
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