The Future of the Professions: How Technology Will Transform the Work of Human Experts

The Future of the Professions How Technology Will Transform the Work of Human Experts This book predicts the decline of today s professions and introduces the people and systems that will replace them In an internet enhanced society according to Richard Susskind and Daniel Susskind w

  • Title: The Future of the Professions: How Technology Will Transform the Work of Human Experts
  • Author: Richard Susskind Daniel Susskind
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  • This book predicts the decline of today s professions and introduces the people and systems that will replace them In an internet enhanced society, according to Richard Susskind and Daniel Susskind, we will neither need nor want doctors, teachers, accountants, architects, the clergy, consultants, lawyers, and many others, to work as they did in the 20th century.The FutureThis book predicts the decline of today s professions and introduces the people and systems that will replace them In an internet enhanced society, according to Richard Susskind and Daniel Susskind, we will neither need nor want doctors, teachers, accountants, architects, the clergy, consultants, lawyers, and many others, to work as they did in the 20th century.The Future of the Professions explains how increasingly capable technologies from telepresence to artificial intelligence will place the practical expertise of the finest specialists at the fingertips of everyone, often at no or low cost and without face to face interaction.The authors challenge the grand bargain the arrangement that grants various monopolies to today s professionals They argue that our current professions are antiquated, opaque and no longer affordable, and that the expertise of their best is enjoyed only by a few In their place, they propose five new models for producing and distributing expertise in society.The book raises profound policy issues, not least about employment they envisage a new generation of open collared workers and about control over online expertise they warn of new gatekeepers in an era when machines become capable than human beings at most tasks.Based on the authors in depth research of than a dozen professions, and illustrated by numerous examples from each, this is the first book to assess and question the future of the professions in the 21st century.

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    1. We're used to hearing how technology is going to replace the jobs of those doing mechanistic jobs - but this book takes on the impact that technology will have on the professions. I've only given the book three stars as it feels rather too much like a textbook (admittedly a well-written textbook), it's fairly repetitious and there's limited coverage of the science and technology behind the move. However this doesn't detract from the fascinating aspects of the book.One of these is simply addressi [...]


    2. Richard and Daniel Susskind are a father and son team. Between them they have written 8 previous books focusing on the future of the legal profession in a technological age. In The Future of the Professions they turn their attention more widely to the professions in general.Their overall conclusion, rather stark for anyone working in the professions, but which the Susskind's regard as a very positive outcome:"Increasingly capable systems will bring transformations to professional work that will [...]


    3. I really wanted to like this book, but I found it disappointing. Like too many popular non-fiction books, it takes 350 pages to express an interesting idea that could have been fully developed in 35 pages. I was intrigued by the basic premise that as computers become faster and faster and more and more complex and as networks become ever more connected, we will get to a place in the not too distant future where complex tasks that are performed today by highly paid professionals will be done by m [...]


    4. As a teacher it’s frustrating that we’re forced to prepare kids primarily with the skills needed for jobs that simply won’t exist in the future. With the rise of technology we are witnessing the incremental dismantling of the professions as we know them along with the redundancy of their respective skillsets.The roles played by doctors, teachers, accountants, architects, the clergy, consultants, lawyers, and many others will as Susskind argues, will look substantially different in the year [...]


    5. This is a very thorough investigation into the state of technology and innovation, as they relate to the professions, and to their likely effects in the future. One of the authors has spent years working on the legal profession, but the book ranges widely across all the professions. Wisely, the authors shy away from specific predictions and time frames, but they strongly believe that the day of the "professional" as a fully knowledgeable and protected expert is drawing to a close, and fairly qui [...]


    6. This is strong, fascinating and provocative book. Part polemic, part techno-celebration, this book is valuable for scholars of the internet and scholars of the professions.Aligning globalization and disintermediation, Richard and Daniel Susskind probe a post-professions future, a world where expertise is distributed widely and digitally.The weakness of this monograph is that the internet is configured as a panacea, medication, boon and benefit. The strength is that it offers provocations to thin [...]


    7. The one thing you shouldn't predict, the old joke goes, is the future.So this is just one attempt. But it's in line with others. Even though the transformations are seismic in profession after profession, people I know say it can't happen to them.It probably already is.What technology did to the skilled and unskilled worker, is now eating up and transforming the middle class professional. With unpredctable social and economic and political consequences.This is worth reading and thinking about


    8. The argument is choppy and not as insightful as one would hope. Lots of long quotations from various authors but little analysis/synthesis. Also, a lot of outdated information/technologies - eg in the chapter on Education (the field I am most familiar with) references to 'blended learning', MOOCs and 'e-learning' as future technologies Disappointing.


    9. Book by two authors who have regularly written on the development of the legal profession – now turning their attention to all professions. The book is engagingly (almost conversationally) written – often whole sections dive into academic theory, but these are explicitly signposted, the conclusions set out in advance and in summary and the reader openly invited to skip them if not interested in the details.The book begins with a review of the history of the professions – which crucially th [...]


    10. Susskind and Susskind make some interesting projections about the way digitization will reorganize knowledge. As they say, we're a while away from their end state. Watching how new companies and new professionals begin to organize their work may give some indication of whether Susskind and Susskind have the right idea.


    11. The Future of Professions really makes you look at how social classes have been changing throughout history, and how professionals now are looked upon compared to professionals before. It also points out how where you go to school, who you know, how good you are can impact professionals, past, present and future with the elitist mentality.This is an interesting book that really takes a look at the future of a list of professions. I found this intriguing especially since there has been some chang [...]


    12. The book begets an important philosophical question: why does one "analyze"? Let's say events are what they are. If an observer meticulously divides those otherwise holistic occurrences into parts, creates categories, provides tags and logically verbalises the recreation to the same events with the same known consequences, is there any value in the exercise despite the novelty of the process?Susskind explains something we all experience every day in the new world without knowing the theoretical [...]


    13. The Future of the Professions (2015) examines how modern technology and the internet have revolutionized our societyIt addresses how technology has changed the way society views the work of experts, the so-called professionals. The role of such experts is evolving quickly; here you’ll discover just what the future of professions will look like.The title reflects the mixed approach of mixing up professions and professionals. If you do not mind that confusion, it is an optimistic book that gives [...]


    14. Richard and Daniel Susskind's The Future of the Professions challenges the view that white collar jobs will be immune from the impact of technological advances into the workplace. Indeed, the authors go so far as to detail the road map 'how technology will transform the work of human experts':'In the long run, increasingly capable machines will transform the work of professionals giving rise to new ways of sharing practical expertise in society' (p.303)with a consequence that'Decades from now, t [...]


    15. As a "professional" who charges for my time by the hour and is involved in my professional association, I was really drawn to the title and premise of this book. But unfortunately I didn't get to the end. As other reviewers have noted, it is too long and repetitive, and the key ideas are not expressed clearly and succinctly. It needed a ruthless editor. A self-help business book for worried professionals may have been a more useful format, rather than the extended PhD thesis academic tome. But I [...]


    16. This is one of the most dense and difficult (in some parts boring) but clarifying book I've ever read. I am not gonna have spoilers here, but if you want to open your mind about the professions in all directions, including in the future, then this book is for you. This book is almost an PhD thesis (if it is not!) and because of that everything is very very well grounded, what make some parts very extensive and prolix. Definitely is need much patient to read some parts of it but then comes moment [...]


    17. I think the message this book conveys is important: increasingly capable machines will disrupt the professions leading to "technological unemployment". Authors suggest a future where knowledge and expertise, now exclusive to professionals, can be liberated and maintained by the commons, relying heavily on technology. Though I understand the authors were trying to emphasize their point, at times it is very repetitive. The model of how professions evolve also seemed a bit shallow, but interesting [...]


    18. Well researched, but boring As another reviewer stated - it could have been MUCH shorter. Something more along the line of a Harvard Business Review article would have been better. As it is it turns into a scanning exercise. Scan, see something of interest, pause and read. Begin scanning again. I hate to even admit that but there are long stretches that held no interest to me and even in the ones that did it was still too dry and too long. I was expecting more but the final insights are too few [...]


    19. The last chapter title says it all, 'After the Professions'This is a must read for any professional and covers the impact of exponential and transformative technologies on the future, or lack thereof, of professions. Imagine a world without professions? The authors present some interesting perspectives into some possible futures with well-researched trends and implications. We have been tracking these changes in and on the accounting profession for awhile. From new skills to working with machine [...]


    20. Society is on the brink of a major change when it comes to the concept of professionalism. Thanks to technology, expert knowledge, now digitized and disseminated online, is far more readily available to the layperson. That doesn’t render professionals obsolete, it just means their roles are changing. Professional expertise will always be important, as today’s mass of knowledge cannot be mastered by a single individual alone; technology is the tool that will help us all get ahead.


    21. We are already seeing all the professions, once protected by regulation, geographic boundaries and high barriers to entry, being significantly disrupted by globalisation, technology and cost conscious clients. This book suggests this pace of decline and threat will only accelerate as the Fourth Industrial Revolution takes off. Any professional will find this book somewhat disruptive and challenging - as they should!


    22. Interesting proposition that technology is fundamentally changing the professions. However, the analysis of any one change or the impact upon one profession is superficial. The book would have done better as a deep dive into the impact upon one profession or professional task type and then used that as an example of how other professions or tasks would be affected.


    23. It is a nice idea and the arguments looks valid and make you think about the future.The book is not easy to follow through and I the first 5 chapters are not so interesting. Most part of the book is an introduction to the main subject that is presented on the last chapters.


    24. Read this to learn about the AI fallacy and what new cognitive technologies might change about the way we work and the kinds of professions there might be in the near future. A must read for anyone who wants to understand more about IBM's Watson technology.


    25. Not worth the timeWasn't impressed by the quality or originality of the ideas + poor, verbose writingDon't recommendWatch the google talk or read a summary instead


    26. "people are especially averse to algorithmic forecasters after seeing them perform, even when they see them outperform a human forecaster."



    27. Fairly interesting look at the future of the professions given the rapid technological advances being made in our society. Professionals exist to solve a problem by being specialists in their given fields, operating as the stewards and disseminators of knowledge, providing expertise on given topics when it is impossible for everyone to be an expert on all subjects. This is part of the division of labor. But, what is the role of the professions in a society where information is readily available [...]


    28. The Future of the Professions is an extremely thought provoking book for anyone working in a professional field to read. Overall, it presents a convincing argument that increasingly capable technologies will fundamentally alter the way we as a society access expert knowledge, transforming, if not erasing, the traditional professions.However, the book is overlong and repetitious in making that argument. It is not necessary to constantly and incessantly reiterate claims and examples that were full [...]


    29. Today, peo­ple who offer pro­fes­sional ser­vices must do more with less and use tech­nol­ogy to im­prove their ef­fi­ciency. For ex­am­ple, “au­toma­tion and in­no­va­tion” have brought major changes. Au­toma­tion lets pro­fes­sion­als focus on com­plex, chal­leng­ing ques­tions in­stead of on rou­tine chores. In­no­va­tion in­tro­duces new op­tions with pluses and mi­nuses.


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