We Need More Philosophers and Fewer Welders

A responsible education policy encourages students to study the courses that are better for them and better for society as a whole. It has become conventional wisdom that the subjects that meet this criterion are the so-called STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It is these subjects that deserve extra investment, and towards which students should be guided. This view may be fundamentally wrong.The global labour market is about to undergo a profound transformation resulting from the development of robotics and artificial intelligence. According to a recent study by Michael Osborne and Carl Frey of the University of Oxford, almost half of all jobs are vulnerable to replacement by machines able to perform tasks cheaper and more effectively than humans. The economic value inherent in these jobs, and the…

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