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By Gary Arlen
Illustration By Taylor Callery

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t a recent technology conference
in Denver, telecommunications
operators and manufacturers fretted
about hiring enough installers to handle
planned fiber optics deployment. Their
challenge comes from two directions: the
looming growth of fifth generation (5G)
wireless broadband will lure potential job
candidates to that category and the complexity of fiber installation makes it
harder to train and retain their employees
who now work on coaxial cable, which
fiber is replacing.
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The discussion underscored the inter-relationship of evolving technologies and the nature of work. It also addressed the role of corporations in
education, which leads to a complicated array of policymaking to build
tomorrow's workforce. Inevitably, the role of automation from factory and
retail robots to self-driving vehicles comes into the "future jobs" dialogue,
usually by citing threats that machines will replace human workers.
Not necessarily so, according to David Autor, a Massachusetts Institute of
Technology economist. Technology has always created more jobs than it
destroys, he said. Automating a task increases the demand for human workers
to handle accompanying tasks that haven't been automated, he explained in an
Economist analysis of how artificial intelligence and automation will affect work.
"The notion that there's only a finite amount of work to be done and
therefore that if you automate some of it, there's less for people to do is
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