Humans need not apply: How robotic accelerator technology are challenging our ideas of work and innovation

Lars Brand Vesterberg Hansen

Student thesis: Master thesis


This thesis was written in response to the ever-increasing technological advances being made. Science fiction is made reality before our very eyes and an area that is experiencing a huge move forward is that of the self-driving fully automated car. We know that both Google and Tesla in particular is heading the race towards the first consumer self-driving car but how did we get there? What are some of the factors as to why we are seeing this now? Brynjolfson and McAfee have with their book The Second Machine Age given a name to these changes we are seeing. But what are these changes and how are they affecting us. This paper looks at the new automation technologies to see why they could be considered so disruptive and give advice on how we should interpret these new ideas and innovations. It will also look for characteristics of the types of performers that thrive in this new type of technological accelerating world where every job is at risk while the possibilities and abundances stand side by side with inequality and unemployment.

EducationsMSocSc in Organisational Innovation and Entrepreneurship , (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2016
Number of pages39