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The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work by Scott Berkun

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Chapter 8

The Future of Work, Part 1

Books about the future of work make the same mistake: they fail to look back at the history of work or, more precisely, the history of books about the future of work and how wrong they were. Few visions of the future come true, as we're very bad at predicting much of anything. Can you guess what sentence will come next? Did you guess this one would have a flaming zombie banana in it, a fruit so horrific it crawls the earth forever, eating banana brains? If we can't guess the next sentence in a book, there's little hope of guessing the future. Failed predictions aside, a common presumption is that the future will be uniform and singular, discounting how chaotic the world is at any time. William Gibson famously ...

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