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2030: The Very Human Future Of Work

CEOs are betting technology will rule

Your typical workday in 2030 may begin with the smell of bacon.

You haven’t left the bed in your London home yet, but your implanted biochip told the appliances in the kitchen to start making breakfast (with extra crispy bacon, please). After you get dressed, the heads-up display embedded in your suit informs you the car taking you to the airport has arrived. While on the four-hour suborbital flight to Shanghai for a face-to-face meeting with a key client, you beam into a holoconference to talk with your Brazilian colleagues about a possible regional acquisition. After your Shanghai meeting, you fly back to London to be with your spouse for dinner, a stir-fry your smart kitchen started preparing the moment you landed.

The technology to make all these things possible is either here now or isn’t that far off. But how important are you, the human, in this whole picture? Maybe your client’s computer could have talked to your computer—or even your suit’s computer—without your ever having to leave your bed. Meanwhile, a software program could determine that a South American acquisition would be a money-losing proposition, and then inform your Brazilian colleagues. In a world where cars can drive themselves, hospitals can perform surgeries with robots and computers can negotiate corporate mergers with one another, do you really need humans to get work done?

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