Andrés Oppenheimer: The future of our jobs

The headlines from last week’s World Economic Forum meeting attended by 40 heads of government in Davos, Switzerland, focused on Islamic State terrorism, collapsing oil prices and Europe’s refugee crisis. But what I found most interesting — and under-reported — was the group’s forecast that robots will kill more than five million jobs over the next five years.

A massive study released at the WEF meeting warned that advanced robotics, artificial intelligence, self-driving cars, 3-D printers, genetics, biotechnology and other new technologies will have a bigger impact on employment than many people thought. And the new technologies will affect workers in industrialized and developing countries alike, unless countries update their education systems.

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