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Creatives and the future of work

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?

I have a couple of stories related to this topic, but I will give some thought to how I can incorporate this important futurist topic into some of my new ones.  If you’d like to read my related stories having to do with careers, you can find “It’s in the Stars” in my e-book “Science Fiction: Genetics” and “Time Enough for Sarah” in “Science Fiction: Time Travel”.

 

 

 

Science Fiction e-books update

Just a quick note to thank everyone again who has purchased one of my e-books.

“Science Fiction: Time Travel” continues to be my top seller, and I recently published “Science Fiction: Time Travel and Robots 2”.

Now that I recently completed a new video game — “Family Tree Solitaire” — I plan to get back to writing some new sci-fi stories.

More information on my e-books can be seen here on my website.

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“Science Fiction: Genetics”

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.

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“Science Fiction: Time Travel and Robots 2” by Richard S. Levine

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.

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