Don’t Worry about the Robots: How to Survive and Thrive in the New World of Work
Dr Jo Cribb & David Glover (Allen & Unwin, $33)
Jo Cribb and David Glover are well- credentialed to
write a book about the future of work and what you can do to prevent it biting you in the career path. She is a former CEO of the Ministry for Women. He is former CEO of Learning Media. They are accompanied on their exploration, in these pages, by a diverse and inspiring group of 12 successful adaptors, including scientist Michelle Dickinson, poet Selina Tusitala Marsh and entrepreneur Shay Wright.
One of the greatest challenges, as they see it, stems from the fact that the current digital revolution – the world’s fourth industrial revolution – is the first that won’t create as many jobs as it destroys. There are other ongoing problems for workers, to which Cribb and Glover aren’t immune. In their introductions, Glover writes about his difficulties with a career in which he has frequently moved countries, while Cribb writes about the difficulties of juggling work and studying for a PHD with raising children.
Unusually for a book of this ilk, the authors are very direct about “What You Should Do” to get and stay ahead in a fast-changing world. They provide specific recommendations: know what’s going on around you, escape the echo chamber of confirmation bias and get a mentor, complete with advice on what to do with them when you get one.
The one thing we know for sure about the future is that, sooner or later, it’s going to get here. Accordingly, the more information like this that we have, the better equipped we will be to deal with it.
Hsu Fu sounds like the first of the Nigerian scammers. He convinced his emperor he could find a plant that would bestow immortality.