Technology may march on, but humans will keep working - futurist Brad Berens

  • 19/06/2018

Technology will change the way humans get to work, but we will still go to work, according to a futurist visiting New Zealand.

Brad Berens is in New Zealand for the iMedia summit and told The AM Show the human need to connect means we will still be going to the office to work even when technology makes it unnecessary.

"I don't think we're going to be working from home, I think the most important thing we have as a species is this kind of conversation," he said.

"I think the infrastructure should probably take into account different kinds of transportation, self-driving pods, hyper loop all of these different things.

"But I think we'll never get away from the need to be in front of each other."

Mr Berens said he's not sure about what precisely people will be doing in the future either as the nature of work is expected to change dramatically.

AM Show host Mark Richardson was concerned it may have an effect on the workforce, and Mr Berens believes while a lot of jobs will be wiped out, new ones will be introduced.

"There are going to be people who tragically lose their jobs and can't find new ones, but there are also people who will find new jobs doing things that no one else has ever been paid to do," he said.