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Is education the antidote to job displacement from automation?

Much is being reported nowadays on the future of work and, specifically, on which and how many jobs will be lost to automation in the next few decades. In such studies and articles, education is often mentioned as the universal solution to respond to the impacts of automation in the workplace.

However, the results from Brunswick’s Global Perspectives research show a general belief that while technology is changing for the better and faster, other areas like government or education are not expected to change much in the next 20 years.

This triggers an immediate question: how can we ensure that as a society we are proactively adjusting to rapid technological progress across industries like telecoms, energy or automotive, when we cannot sustain a similar development pace in the education we provide to the future generations that will coexist with the new technologies?

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