While more human jobs are eliminated by automation, it will be crucial for Canada to invest in research and training that supports the development of social, emotional, and communication skills, writes Matthew McKean of the Conference Board of Canada. The author notes that technology provides a benefit to society by growing its capacity to focus on the social, cultural, ethical and emotional demands of a rapidly changing world. McKean warns, however, that a continued focus on the technical over the social and emotional might lead Canada to miss a golden opportunity to truly improve the welfare of its citizens. In short, McKean concludes, “Canada might up end making better things, not making things better.”

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