Autor: “Why are there still jobs?”
Connif: “What the Luddites Really Believed”
Nova: “Automation Threatening 25% of jobs in US”
Thompson: “World without Work”
Thompson: “The Religion of ‘Workism’ is Making Americans Miserable’
Vardi: “What the Industrial Revolution really tells us about the future of automation and work”
Automation, AI, and the Future of Work
Introduction (25 – 50% of a typed, double-spaced page): Set up the topic. Speak in general terms about the relationship between automation and work. Briefly introduce the promises and perils of automation. THESIS QUESTION: Is automation an existential threat to the workforce? Your answer to this question will be your thesis statement.
BP #1 (50 – 75%): Historical perspective. Luddites. What was the specific event and how it is significant to a contemporary discussion about automation?
RESEARCH: The Luddite movement. (2 SOURCES MINIMUM)
BP #2 (50 – 75%): Automation and threats to current workforce
RESEARCH: Current use of automation in the workforce. Potential to displace workers. (2 SOURCES MINIMUM)
BP #3 (50 – 75%): Artificial intelligence in the workforce. How are industries using AI?
RESEARCH: How AI is being used in the workforce. Potential to displace workers. (2 SOURCES MINIMUM)
BP #4 (50 – 75%): Possibilities of a post-work society. What does work mean to us? Why do we seem to “need” work?
RESEARCH: What is a post-work society. What are economists and intellectuals saying about? What socio-psychological are at play? (2 SOURCES MINIMUM)
Conclusion (15 – 25%): Bring discussion to a close. Restate your thesis. Suggest potential future trends in automation and how our concepts of work may change going forward
Works Cited page
How to format a Works Cited page (Links to an external site.)
“Off-limits” Sources (don’t use):
Any webpage designed for K-12 audience
- USE OF RESEARCH:
- Cite all sources parenthetically in your essay.
- A works cited page is required
- Limit direct quoting
- Paraphrase and summarize concepts into your own words
- Do not attempt to write on a concept you do not 100% understand. Please re-read the text and ask for help if you are struggling with the concepts
- TONE: Adhere to a formal tone. No slang, no contractions, no “I” POV, no attempts at “humor.”
- FORMAT: 12 pt. Double space. Acceptable fonts: (Times New Roman, Calibri, Ariel, Helvetica). Page numbers should be at the TOP RIGHT HAND side of the page and should include your last name.