McKinsey Global Institute has an interesting report (Nov 2017) on the future of work. They claim that many workers are going to be challenged in the next 13 years by the transition to automated labor in certain fields. There may be enough jobs available in other non-automated categories to make up some or all of the difference, but how do displaced workers get into those jobs? Or will they even want to?
Take a look at their interactive graphic which shows the impact of automation on work. There are some fascinating estimates that science fiction writers and futurists might consider when writing their next story or novel.
For example, why will China see an 85% increase in Creative jobs, while Japan will see a 4% decrease in that kind of work? Are they estimating that Japan will have less interest in entertainment or the arts or more interest in having robot performers and creatives? Or perhaps this number is due to an expected decrease in Japan’s population.
Speaking of decrease, you can also see a 20-30% and more reduction in openings for many physical and office jobs in the U.S., Germany, and Japan. But healthcare worker openings will increase tremendously in many countries. Do all displaced office or physical labor workers want to be in the healthcare field, though? Will we find in the next 13 years that robots take more of those healthcare jobs than McKinsey Global predicts?
What if displaced office or physical labor workers decide that creative jobs are more interesting and/or more satisfying? While we might see growth in creative jobs, and have creatives to fill them, we might also see a decline in pay — and aren’t many artists known for starving already?
See Amazon.com for “Science Fiction: Genetics”. This is my first genetics-related anthology of my stories. I enjoy following advances in genetic and epigenetic research, so I’m sure I will write more of these.
“You Can Choose Your Parents” refutes the notion that you can’t choose your parents. “Liar” examines the life of a young woman who visits a Lie Bar. “The Library of Pain” probes a psychologist’s patient who has issues with pain. In “It’s in the Stars” we meet a couple who wonder if fame will be in the stars for their children. “My Brother’s Keeper” is a clone mystery that takes place on Mars.
Versions for Smashwords.com, including a variety of formats for various distributors, of “Science Fiction: Genetics” and “Science Fiction: Time Travel and Robots 2” coming next.
Thank you to all my readers who have enjoyed “Science Fiction: Time Travel” or “Science Fiction: Robots & Cyborgs”! I’ve been so pleased with the response to these e-book anthologies that I decided to publish a volume 2 entitled “Science Fiction: Time Travel and Robots 2”. It is now available on Amazon.com.
Each story relates to some form of time travel, robots, or cyborgs. “The Time of Your Life” makes a life and death game out of time travel. “Oddly Perfect” examines math and time in multiple dimensions. “RemoteDoc” describes a possible future for surgeons, In “Remorse above Enceladus” a robot space cowboy probes a new feeling, and “A Penny for your Thoughts” presents a futuristic social network.
Next, I will make this available on Smashwords for other reading devices and formats. Also, “Science Fiction: Genetics” is in the works.
“The Future is Short – Volume 2” is printed through Amazon’s Createspace service. There are many other very short stories in this anthology “based on the best from the second year of the Science Fiction Microstory Contest on LinkedIn’s Sci-Fi group.” The e-book version will be available in the near future, probably on Smashwords.com.
“Winners Take All” is my second story to make use of anti-gravity technology. The other was “Above the Mississippi”, which you can find in my “Science Fiction: The Arts” anthology.
“A Penny For Your Thoughts” is in the print edition of “Beyond Centauri” (issue #36, April 2012). As of May 2014, I was no longer able to find this issue for sale, however you will be able to find this story in an upcoming release of my e-book “Science Fiction: Robots & Cyborgs 2”.
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