New World Bank online course tackles the future of work, preparing for disruption

The ever-increasing pace of the development of artificial intelligence is having a shutterstock_425107195profound impact on the workforce. Jobs that have been performed by humans for decades or centuries are becoming obsolete when robots enter the jobsite.  At the same time, new jobs become available that previous generations could not even fathom. Failure to prepare for these changes can have catastrophic impacts on economies.

Based on the 2019 World Development Report, the World Bank’s new course on the Future of Work will explore the various changes that result from advances in technology, what this means for the current and future workforce, and how we need to prepare for these changes.

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The Future of Work in Africa: Making Productive Investments for More and Better Jobs

There are uncertainties and misconceptions about the impact of digital technologies on20190725-thefutureofworkafrica1140 the future of work. Will robots replace humans in the work place? Will digital technologies create a new “digital divide” and widen inequalities between the higher-educated connected and lower-educated unconnected people? Will new opportunities open up for African countries to create jobs, improve incomes, reduce poverty and climb up the development ladder?

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What will be the future of work?

Do you wonder if the good fortune and opportunities that you’ve enjoyed in your wdr_2019_coverprofessional life will be available to your children, and to their children? At a time of strong global economic growth, it may seem paradoxical that we face an existential crisis around the future of work. But the pace of innovation is accelerating, and the jobs of the future – in a few months or a few years – will require specific, complex skills. Human capital will become an ever more valuable resource.

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