- December 1, 2015: Vol. 27, Number 11

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The future of work: The best of times, the worst of times

by Geoffrey Dohrmann

What will the future bring, in terms of job growth? What kinds of jobs will be created in an increasingly automated world? Those questions should be on everyone’s minds these days because they have massive consequences for spatial demand and the very economy itself. As always when talking about the future, we find plenty of viewpoints and very little certainty.

On the positive side of the equation, we have Peter Diamandis, who keynoted our VIP conference several years ago. Peter is a physician by training and a futurist by avocation. He partnered with futurist Ray Kurzweil on the creation of the X Prize Foundation; he co-founded, also with Kurzweil, Singularity University; and he co-wrote with Steven Kotler two New York Times bestsellers — Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think and Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World.

Diamandis’ thesis is the technological advances of the past several millennia pale in compa

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