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Work in the Future

The Automation Revolution

  • Robert Skidelsky
  • Nan Craig

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Robert Skidelsky, Nan Craig
    Pages 1-7
  3. Robert Skidelsky
    Pages 9-21
  4. Work in the Past

  5. Attitudes to Work

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
    2. Pierre-Michel Menger
      Pages 65-72
    3. Nan Craig
      Pages 73-80
  6. Attitudes to Technology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. James Bessen
      Pages 83-88
    3. Carl Benedikt Frey
      Pages 89-96
  7. Possibilities and Limitations for AI: What Can’t Machines Do?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Thomas Tozer
      Pages 99-108
  8. Work in the Digital Economy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Daniel Susskind
      Pages 125-132
    3. Nick Srnicek
      Pages 133-142

About this book


This short, accessible book seeks to explore the future of work through the views and opinions of a range of expertise, encompassing economic, historical, technological, ethical and anthropological aspects of the debate. The transition to an automated society brings with it new challenges and a consideration for what has happened in the past; the editors of this book carefully steer the reader through future possibilities and policy outcomes, all the while recognising that whilst such a shift to a robotised society will be a gradual process, it is one that requires significant thought and consideration.


Automation Artificial Intelligence Digital Economy Job losses Intelligent machines Attitudes to work Attitudes to technology Limitations for AI Work and ethics Ethics of AI

Editors and affiliations

  • Robert Skidelsky
    • 1
  • Nan Craig
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Global StudiesLondonUK
  2. 2.Centre for Global StudiesLondonUK

About the editors

Robert Skidelsky is Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at Warwick University, UK and Chair of the Centre for Global Studies, London, UK. His three-volume biography of John Maynard Keynes won five prizes and his book on the financial crisis, Keynes: The Return of the Master, was published in September 2010. He was made a member of the House of Lords in 1991, where he sits on the cross-benches, and was elected as a fellow of the British Academy in 1994. How Much is Enough? The Love of Money and the Case for the Good Life was published in July 2012. His most recent publications were as author of Britain Since 1900: A Success Story? (2014), The Essential Keynes (2015), Markets and Morals (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), Who Runs the Economy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), and Austerity vs. Stimulus (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

Nan Craig is Programme Director at the Centre for Global Studies, London, UK. She studied politics and international studies at the University of Warwick, UK, and global politics at the London School of Economics, UK. She co-authored Who Runs the Economy? (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) with Robert Skidelsky.

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