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Millions of people in the workplace are going to be replaced by computers in the next decade. This means that reorganizing the human workforce in the face of this change will be essential. The World Economic Forum recently issued a report on the future of jobs that declares an "urgency for adaptive action today."
In response to this challenge, researchers are trying to predict which human skills will still be in demand – or perhaps emerge – as computers progress. The World Economic Forum asked chief human resource officers to make projections. Their insights go beyond the obvious fact that computer programmers will be in demand and that companies will be scrambling to hire people who can operate complex robotics. They will also need sales and marketing people who can understand the next generation of high-tech products they are trying to sell.
The chief human resource officers expressed concern that companies are not prepared to recruit people with the right skills or re-train current employees to learn new skills. "Without targeted action today to manage the near-term transition and build a workforce with futureproof skills," they say, "governments will have to cope with ever-growing unemployment and inequality, and businesses with a shrinking consumer base."
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