The 50th anniversary of the 1964 World’s Fair in New York, which focused on the world of the future (that is, today), has generated a lot articles on “what really happened?” and “what will it all look like 50 years from now?”
IEEE Spectrum brought together Robert Reich, Moshe Varde and others to talk about these. Technology – and especially the Internet – has radically changed commerce, transportation, medicine, entertainment, media, even booksellers, and nearly everything else in the last few decades. One impact has been the dislocation on American manufacturing jobs, changing the meaning and role of “working class.” Reich and the rest discuss how workers in the next half century may be affected by new technologies.
Moshe Varde offered a similar (and to me, better), set of insights for IEEE in 2013.