Could green-collar jobs go the way of coal miners?

Whatever the motive forces behind the Trump insurgency, Brexit or other populist eruptions, some voters had a nagging fear that mechanization, robotics, machine learning, Big Data and artificial intelligence (AI) will help put paid to a growing casualty list of blue-collar jobs. But that’s just the beginning of the story. As we dig ever deeper into the accelerating world of AI as part of our Project Breakthrough initiative with the U.N. Global Compact, the likelihood that a growing spectrum of white-collar jobs also will end up in the dustbin of history seems ever stronger. Again, nothing new there, although the scale of what’s about to happen is even spooking people such as Bill Gates and Elon Musk.  It was only when I did the closing keynote at a recent event…

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