Automation and the End of Human Employment

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What’s it all about

They took our jobs!

Automation technology is getting better by the day and has been taking over low-skilled jobs for decades already. But what if automated checkouts are just the start?

As the technology advances exponentially, is there any job a machine can’t do better than a human being? And when machines push 99% of society out of the workforce, who will be able to buy what they produce? Star Trek or Robocop? The choice is ours.

What will we cover

In this class we will look at:

  • the current state of automation technology and its impact on employment
  • the likely rate of growth of automation and implications for human employment
  • the social, economic and political consequences of this almost inevitable shift
  • the options we have to either thrive or collapse in the face of this.

Join us to explore this unexpected apocalypse and the options we have to collapse or thrive.

Who will be teaching?

Gordon Young is a professional ethicist and environmental consultant. He is a lecturer in Professional Ethics at RMIT, Principle at Ethilogical Consulting and writer at, where he explores a new topic each week.