The Future of the Professions: How Technology Will Transform the Work of Human Experts

Hardcover | October 15, 2015

byRichard Susskind, Daniel Susskind

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This book predicts the decline of today's professions and introduces the people and systems that will replace them. In an internet-enhanced society, according to Richard Susskind and Daniel Susskind, we will neither need nor want doctors, teachers, accountants, architects, the clergy,consultants, lawyers, and many others, to work as they did in the 20th century. The Future of the Professions explains how increasingly capable technologies - from telepresence to artificial intelligence - will place the "practical expertise" of the finest specialists at the fingertips of everyone, often at no or low cost and without face-to-face interaction. The authors challenge the "grand bargain" - the arrangement that grants various monopolies to today's professionals. They argue that our current professions are antiquated, opaque and no longer affordable, and that the expertise of their best is enjoyed only by a few. In their place, they proposefive new models for producing and distributing expertise in society. The book raises profound policy issues, not least about employment (they envisage a new generation of "open-collared worker") and about control over online expertise (they warn of new "gatekeepers") - in an era when machines become more capable than human beings at most tasks.Based on the authors' in-depth research of more than a dozen professions, and illustrated by numerous examples from each, this is the first book to assess and question the future of the professions in the 21st century.

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This book predicts the decline of today's professions and introduces the people and systems that will replace them. In an internet-enhanced society, according to Richard Susskind and Daniel Susskind, we will neither need nor want doctors, teachers, accountants, architects, the clergy,consultants, lawyers, and many others, to work as th...

Professor Richard Susskind OBE is an author, speaker, and independent adviser to international professional firms and national governments. He is President of the Society for Computers and Law, IT Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice of England, and Chair of the Advisory Board of the Oxford Internet Institute. His numerous books include t...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pagesPublished:October 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198713398

ISBN - 13:9780198713395

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart One: Change1. The Grand Bargain2. From the Vanguard3. Transformative TrendsPart Two: Theory4. Information Technology5. From Craft to Commons?6. Production and Distribution of KnowledgePart Three: Implications7. Objections and Anxieties8. Beyond the Professions