Jobs for the future: automation versus augmentation
by Pisana Ferrari – cApStAn Ambassador to the Global Village
Just out: the World Economic Forum’s “The future of jobs” 2018 edition. The report foresees major disruptions to labour markets, but says demand for new roles will offset the decreasing demand for others, with “net job gains” estimated at 58M. Their analysis suggests that work currently performed by humans will be “augmented” by machines, which can complement and enhance the human workforces’ comparative strengths. This rings close to home for us in the language industry: our linguists have embraced automation and been experimenting with combinations of automation and human discernment for years with the aim of achieving what some specialised press calls the “the augmented translator model”. A must read.