The Future of the Professions

  • by Richard Susskind, Daniel Susskind
  • Narrated by John Lee
  • 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This book predicts the decline of today's professions and describes the people and systems that will replace them.
In an Internet 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 systems - from telepresence to artificial intelligence - will bring fundamental change in the way that the practical expertise of specialists is made available in society. 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 the best is enjoyed by only a few. In their place, they propose six new models for producing and distributing expertise in society.
The book raises important practical and moral questions. In an era when machines can outperform human beings at most tasks, what are the prospects for employment, who should own and control online expertise, and what tasks should be reserved exclusively for people? Based on the authors' in-depth research of more than 10 professions, and illustrated by numerous examples from each, this is the first book to assess and question the relevance of the professions in the 21st century.
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Thought provoking but in sore need of an editor

Good points and a compelling premise but a shocking amount of repetition. The book could be reduced to a third its current length and have more impact by doing so.
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- E. McDonnell

Narration was a bit of a killer. Content good

went over the same point maybe twenty times. Sounded like Stephen Toast but not funny. interesting topic. just about worth it.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-01-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios