The future of work: Will robots steal our jobs?

with Andrea Glorioso



Work is a big part of our lives. We all need one. And we spend the good part of our early lives in school, preparing for a profession. So work and the future of work is something that concerns us all.
Of all things that we can worry - unemployment, work conditions, matching work with competences, social security, retirement, etc. - our attention is sometimes diverted by provoking and alarming issues, such as: will robots steal our jobs?

I picked this question - about robots - because the first time I ever met Andrea, I was one of the fifty participants of the second EU-US Young Leaders Seminar, organized by the Fulbright, Erasmus plus, and Marie Sklodowska-Curie programmes in Brussels in April 2018. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss on the future of work, with us "young leaders" :) and senior experts, among which Andrea Glorioso. The provoking question to get the conversation going was - you guessed it: Will robots steal our jobs?

The meeting in Brussels gave me the chance to learn a lot about this topic, besides being a life altering event for me in other ways! And I remember being impressed by Andrea and the other experts present on those days. The question about robots has never compeltely left my mind, and one day I realised how spot on it is for Technoculture: robots who steal jobs to humans? Perfect. So I decided to invite Andrea on the podcast. So proud, great idea. I hope you enjoy this episode, you will learn a lot! And again, robots aside, work concerns us all, it's real, and it's now.

Andrea Glorioso has worked as a policy officer of the European Commission since 2008.
He is currently responsible for the future of work portfolio within the Directorate-General for Communication Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT). He provides analysis, assessment and policy options to address the impact of digitisation on EU labour markets.

Between 2014 and 2018, he was the Counsellor for the Digital Economy at the Delegation of the European Union to the USA, in Washington DC. Andrea was the liaison between the EU and the US on policy, regulation and research activities related to the Internet and Information & Communication Technologies, including the EU Digital Single Market strategy.

My favourite quote from this episode: "Economic change, labour market change, historically, have always been accompanied by political change."

Link to report 1: High-Level Expert Group on the Impact of the Digital Transformation on EU Labour Markets
Link to report 2: Robots at work. A report on automatable and non-automatable employment shares in Europe