Will our grandchildren have “jobs”?

[A few interesting quotes](http://www.pbs.org/newshour/businessdesk/2013/07/should-we-fear-the-end-of-work.html) from [Cornell’s recent Employment and Technology roundtable](http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/ICS/InsightsAndConvenings/EmploymentSustainabilityInitiative/). 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](http://lipson.mae.cornell.edu/)

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](http://garymarcus.com/bio/bio.html)

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](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Culture) and away from [Player Piano](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Player_Piano_(novel)).