WHAT DOES THIS LOOK LIKE?
Tomorrow we will all be products on Amazon.
We’ll have ratings. We’ll have reviews. And with intelligent automation, the best products will look more like cyborgs than suit and ties.
The good news - labor will be democratized as merit is visible & quantified.
The bad news - as automation sweeps through everything repeatable & predictable, tomorrow’s economy can be the most unequal economy in the history of humanity. Experts will prosper. Everyone else - middle class included, will be valueless.
HOW MIGHT HUMANITY HANDLE THE FUTURE OF WORK?
“there’s never been a better time to be a worker with special skills or the right education. However, there’s never been a worse time to be a worker with only ‘ordinary’ skills and abilities to offer.”
HI, I'M MATT.
If you haven’t realized it by now, I’m a little obsessed with work.
The reason - is that for individuals and companies alike, the technology behind the gig economy and intelligent automation is shattering our conventional wisdom about work. Some say we’re screwed - that we should run for the hills since the robots are coming and the singularity is near. Others say it’s time to sit back and chill as the robots graciously take the grunt work so that we can all be thought leader free agents with a four hour work week.
But I believe, that just like in politics, neither side is 100% right, nor 100% wrong. Instead, we are transitioning into a future that is hybrid, a future where companies and individuals operate as a hybrid cloud, delivering and creating value through digital networks we call the human cloud.
My “work” is building this human cloud.
At Microsoft, I lead the Microsoft 365 freelance toolkit, a solution for organizations to launch and scale freelance programs. At Georgia Tech, I prepare students for this future. For early stage ventures, I advise and invest in this future.
You can also find me writing words, saying words, and teaching words through StartUp not StartDown and upcoming book our BiG leap forward: how automation and freelance are revolutionizing work.
I promise you, this future can be the most prosperous society we’ve ever created. As stated in My Vision of the Future of Work, we can revamp the renaissance, democratize merit, bring power to the people, and prioritize purpose over profit.
I hope my mark (and your mark) on this world is getting us there :)
FOR A NEW FUTURE
Up until now, our view on the Future of Work has been pretty objective. We've answered what. We've offered various how's. But I want to deviate from what can happen to what should happen. I want to take out the fear and show why I am beyond ecstatic of the future we CAN create.
It won't be simple. It won't happen overnight. But the first step is to challenge the narrative from one of fear to one of curiosity, excitement, and opportunity. The Future of Work can be the worst thing that ever happened to society. Or it can be the best.
Let's discuss how to make it the best: