Will our grandchildren have “jobs”?

A few interesting quotes from Cornell’s recent Employment and Technology roundtable. As a new father this is even more interesting to me than it used to be…

The likely false hope of everyone moving to “creative” jobs in the future:

If you’re talking 100 years, there’s no doubt in my mind that all jobs will be gone, including creative ones. And 100 years is not far in the future — some of our children will be alive in 100 years. – Hod Lipson

And the thought of what careers would even support 8 billion people all working:

I have a question for those of you here that are more optimistic about the future. What specifically do you think might be the future economic domains in which there might be large-scale employment? I’m not interested in the cases where there’s a cool new job that really, really smart people who read Wired magazine can do. What I am interested in are new occupations that hundreds of thousands of people could do, in game-changing ways like when the automobile industry once opened up. – Gary Marcus

I’m with the skeptics–it’s hard to imagine a world where technology continues to advance and people still have jobs. The question is whether we can steer society more toward The Culture and away from Player Piano.