Predicting the future can be a fool’s errand and as that scion of science fiction writing Arthur C Clarke observed, a concept that is increasingly part of a modern age where everyone seems to want to have a turn of playing Nostradamus:”This is the first age that’s ever paid much attention to the future, which is a little ironic since we may not have one”
Clarke may well have been thinking about artificial intelligence, robotics and the future of work when he penned this decidedly gloomy phrase. This proverbial elephant in the room for HR leaders is one that will feature prominently on the agenda for HR Tech Europe, when it takes place in London from March 24-25, where I am again looking forward to being part of the Blog Squad. As technological progress gathers pace and more and more jobs are replaced by robots and software, is the future of work as bleak as the one painted by Clarke?
David Green: We’re all doomed.