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May 29, 2012

Man vs. Machine: Will Human Workers Become Obsolete?

What will the future workplace look like? That’s a question hosts of entrepreneurs are trying to answer and prepare the public for as technology takes over many of the jobs that humans traditionally held.

Machines like IBM’s Watson, 3D printers and “lights out” factories where robots do most of the work are rapidly becoming reality, and some researchers are worried about what that means for human workers. Some say more education is key to making sure everyone has a place to work; others say it takes initiatives by the government and institutions to ensure no one gets left behind in the technology age.

Educators are trying to prepare students for the future of technology with interactive games and unique lessons that allow them to interact with programs and ideas well before they may encounter them in the workplace.


“The kids who play our games are going to have better math skills, they’re going to be more likely to master engineering skills that will make them employable in the future. It’s a long-term strategy, but I think creating better science, technology, engineering, math education is really the route of solving the digital divide.” – Jacob Klein, Motion Math

“So technology can go either way, right? It can be the prize for humanity, the thing that we created, like, whoa, check this out, or it could be the doom.” – Will.i.am, The Black-Eyed Peas

Warm Up Questions

1. What is technology?

2. What kinds of jobs can robots do that help humans?

3. What kinds of technology do you use every day?

Discussion Questions

1. Do you think people’s jobs are at risk because of what machines can do? Why or why not?

2. What is one thing you learned from this video that you didn’t know before? What did you find interesting about it?

3. Do you think you’re being prepared at school for the future of technology? Why or why not? What could be done to further help you prepare?

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