Automation outcomes are not pre-determined but are shaped by the policies and choices we make. Instead of worrying about what could happen due to automation and increased uptake of AI, we should focus on what should happen.
This report explores the policy choices that AI and robotisation present for the future of labour and puts forward recommendations on addressing these choices. The new digital technologies will have different impacts on jobs in the short and longer term. To grasp the full story, we need to consider the time dimension of the issue.
While automation may displace workers within a sector in the short term, historical evidence suggests that overall employment also grows when looking at a longer period and across the entire economy, not just at the sectors most likely to face disruption.