Victoria at the Club: What a philosopher has to say about the future of work

Victoria at the Club with Professor Nicholas Agar

The experts offer contrasting perspectives on the future of work. A view advocated by leading economists that goes back to John Maynard Keynes suggests that once we pass through some painful technological unemployment, we should expect the digital revolution to create exciting new jobs. Our contentedly employed grandchildren will pity us the soulless drudgery that we call work. According to a view of some leading technologists, automation will permanently delete the vast majority of jobs. Few of these will be replaced. Professor Agar will discuss how to approach this very consequential disagreement. We can’t predict the future but we should take seriously the possibility that many jobs will be automated out of existence. We should respond by creating jobs based on our social natures. This could be part of our response to the epidemic of social isolation that afflicts many of today’s most technologically advanced societies.

Nicholas Agar is a philosopher who has written extensively on the human consequences of technological change. He is currently a Professor at the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations at Victoria University of Wellington.


Venue: Wellesley Room, Fourth Floor
Time: 5.30pm for 6pm start
Cost: $12 for members / $15 for non-members for presentation and arrival drink, $50 for presentation, arrival drink and dinner
Dress: Business Casual


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