MEDIUM | Augment vs. Replace: Mostly Talk, But What’s Needed Is Action

The future of work isn’t on the horizon. It’s getting closer every day, and in many ways it’s already here. The rise in freelancers continues globally, the number and diversity of jobs reported to be at risk of automation increases weekly, and it now includes white-collar, blue-collar, pink-collar, green-collar and gray-collar professions. No color on the employment spectrum, it appears, is safe.

Yet amidst all the headlines lurks a meta-question: will new technologies ultimately augment or replace human labor?