Attendees watch a from FURo-S smart service robot from Future Robot at the 2015 International CES at the Sands Expo and Convention Center on January 6, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP
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Last week, during the lofty proceedings of the World Economic Forum, I watched Andy McAfee, an MIT luminary, conduct a fascinating test with a group of Davos delegates.McAfee took a whiteboard and drew a chart with "innovation" marked on one axis and "employment" on the other. If you expected more innovation and more jobs, you marked a point accordingly; if you expected less innovation but fewer jobs, you marked another.As Ajay Banga, CEO of MasterCard, pointed out during one Davos debate, vast swathes of the world's population can now access financial services for the first time.The Davos elite does not expect this giddy pace of change to slow down. The future of employment – at least according to Davos – is a world bifurcated between low-skilled, low-paid service jobs (say, dog walkers and cleaners) and highly skilled elite roles (computer programmers, designers and all the other jobs that Davos luminaries do).Instead, the favored "solution" that the Davos delegates kept proffering was more education and better infrastructure.
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