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They've started driving cars and diagnosing cancer.
Increasingly, they're able to learn by observing humans, rather than being programmed by us.
A decade from now, perhaps companies will still complain they can't find employees who can read an instruction manual and pass a drug test.
Maybe workers will still be able to hold on to the American Dream, so long as they can adjust to incremental technological shifts in the workplace. When it comes to predicting the future of work, top economists and technologists are all over the map.
Automation and artificial intelligence could have eliminated half the jobs in the United States economy.
One fear is that the bar for making today's students future-proof is becoming unrealistically high.In 2014, for example, the Pew Research Center surveyed 1,896 experts.Nearly half said they "envision a future in which robots and digital agents have displaced significant numbers of both blue- and white-collar workers." Many are worried that the trend "will lead to vast increases in income inequality, masses of people who are effectively unemployable, and breakdowns in the social order." What would such a future mean for today's schools?“The Extraordinary Education of an Elite, 13-Year-Old Problem-Solver” Yang is insatiably curious. "Solve the problems you see around you." Elite-level technical abilities, the probing mind of a scientist, and a deft human touch: That's the experts' best guess about the combination of traits that will guarantee rewarding employment in tomorrow's economy.Facebook, for example, recently offered advice to students who want to work in artificial intelligence.