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NEDLAC Future of Work in South Africa

Author: NEDLAC
Organisation: NEDLAC
Publish Date: March 2019
Country: South Africa
Sector: Economic
Method: Scenarios
Type: Report
Language: English
Tags: Future of work, South Africa, unemployment, work, labour, scenarios

As has been the case for all previous industrial revolutions, the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) will, of necessity, result in technological, economic, social, political, business, moral, and even aesthetic disruption. The perceived impact of this disruption ranges from the dystopian to the enlightening. Commenting on the First Industrial Revolution, Henry David Thoreau, lamented the fact that “Men have become the tools of their tools.” In a similar Dickensian tone John Boyd Orr states that “When the Industrial Revolution of the nineteenth century brought a rapid increase in wealth, the demand of workers for a share of the wealth they were creating was conceded only after riots and strikes.” Two and a half centuries later, Stowe Boyd claims that the central question of 2025 will be: “What are people for in a world that does not need their labour, and where only a minority are needed to guide the ‘bot-based’ economy?”
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