Mastering the Robot. The Future of Work in the Second Machine Age

Every day, it seems, the media report that ‘the robots’ are coming. And with robotics becoming faster and smarter all the time, the critics fear massive job losses. But is that likely to happen?

In this publication, technology experts, economists and other researchers consider what robotisation and digitisation mean for the future of work. Some jobs will disappear, new jobs will be created, and the nature of much of our work will change. But robotisation takes much more time and effort than many assume.

Government, researchers, employers and employees, and their representative organisations can also influence the way in which technology is developed and applied. We can master the robot by developing an inclusive agenda that stresses complementarity between humans and machines and focuses on co-creation, training, the quality of work, and new issues of inequality.