Main content

Work Available: No Humans Need Apply

Rana Mitter debates the future of work with journalist Paul Mason, business development chief executive Lucy Armstrong and authors Richard and Daniel Susskind.

"By 2029 computers will have emotional intelligence and be as convincing as people". Ray Kurzweil, Google's Director of Engineering, predicts this scenario - also explored in Channel 4's hit drama, Humans.
So what are the skills needed for the 21st-century workplace and do humans have them?

According to Paul Mason, TV journalist and author of PostCapitalism, we face seismic change in part due to the revolution in information technology.

Paul Mason joins Lucy Armstrong, Chief Executive of The Alchemists - who help companies grow - and Richard and Daniel Susskind, authors of The Future of the Professions, who argue we will no longer need doctors, lawyers, accountants, teachers and others to work as they did in the 20th century.

Chaired by Free Thinking presenter Rana Mitter in front of an audience at the Free Thinking Festival at Sage Gateshead and first broadcast in November 2015.

Producer: Luke Mulhall.

Available now

45 minutes

Music Played

  • Béla Bartók

    2 Romanian Dances, Sz.43

    Performer: Zoltán Kocsis.
    • PHILIPS.

Credits

Role Contributor
Interviewed Guest Paul Mason
Interviewed Guest Lucy Armstrong
Interviewed Guest Richard Susskind
Interviewed Guest Daniel Susskind
Presenter Rana Mitter
Producer Luke Mulhall

Broadcasts

Featured in...

The Arts & Ideas Podcast

The Arts & Ideas Podcast

You can download all the past episodes of Radio 3's Free Thinking

Click to listen to discussions, talks and music as the Free Thinking Festival 2019 Gets Emotional

Click to listen to discussions, talks and music as the Free Thinking Festival 2019 Gets Emotional

Angry politics, what we can’t say, being diplomatic, weeping, emotion in music, film & TV

CLICK to LISTEN & SEE programmes from the Free Thinking Festival 2018: The One & the Many

CLICK to LISTEN & SEE programmes from the Free Thinking Festival 2018: The One & the Many

We examine the fast-changing relationship between the individual & the crowd

CLICK to LISTEN & SEE all programmes, images, clips & features from 2017's festival

CLICK to LISTEN & SEE all programmes, images, clips & features from 2017's festival

Free Thinking Festival 2017: The Speed of Life