On Tuesday, March 19th, Alan Jacobs posted a technology article for The Atlantictitled “Jobs of the Future: A Skeptic’s Response.” In the article, he voices his doubts that a skillset promoted by the internet and social networking would usher in a new wave of future employment:

‘Where are these jobs that will require such rapid “searching, browsing, assessing quality, and synthesizing the vast quantities of information”? We don’t need those skills to drive a truck or manage company accounts or sell clothes or do IT customer service or write novels or write code or give inoculations to patients or teach seven-year-olds how to read … so what do, or what will, need them for? And how many of us will need them?’

We might not need those skills to drive a truck, but if you are responsible for a whole fleet of trucks, you may need to search a database that tracks every truck’s location and cargo.

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Continue reading “Deep Thought is Dead, Long Live Deep Thought” at Scientific American.

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