The ‘future of work’ has been and gone several times already over the past few hundred years. Utopian and dystopian visions of automated worklessness arrive every few decades or so, and are seldom realised. Typically brought into being on the back of one crisis, they quickly fade as another crisis comes along and lays waste to economy and society. Are current expectations of the future of work any different? What do the pandemic and ensuing economic crisis imply for how they pan out? This talk looks at the history of the futures of work and what it tells us about the futures of work before us today.
Presented by Dr Harry Pitts, School of Management at the University of Bristol.