FP’s July 2018 Print Edition: Facing the Future of Work


News Story from: 7/16/18

July 16, 2018 — Washington, D.C.

In Foreign Policy’s July issue, our writers and editors consider how robots, artificial intelligence, trade wars, and an aging world will change work as we know it.

“In the last few years, it has felt like every big election has focused on jobs and the threats they (supposedly) face: from trade, from immigrants, and, most accurately, from technology,” FP Editor in Chief Jonathan Tepperman writes. “No wonder. Until recently, the forecasts were almost unanimously grim: The robots were coming, we were told, and they’d soon make us humans redundant.”

Those dire predictions were wrong: New technologies will create both winners and losers. AI won’t eliminate human labor; in some cases, it will even produce new jobs. But automation is rapidly changing the nature of work, and governments must help workers adapt.

Adaptation is essential, but it’s not the only thing: Trade policies, education, and flexibility will all determine who emerges with work — and who doesn’t. “Indeed, just about the only factor that has remained the same is humans’ ability to adjust to new circumstances and generally make their lives better in the process,” Tepperman writes. “Big changes are coming, and plenty of them. But there’s no reason to think we won’t weather them in typical fashion—by working smart and working hard.”

For further information, please contact Caitlin Thompson,  Caitlin.Thompson@foreignpolicy.com, 202-457-7939


Cover Story

Learning to Work With Robots Artificial intelligence will change everything, says New America’s Molly Kinder. Workers and governments must adapt — or face dire consequences.


Included in the Issue


Why India Gives Uber 5 Stars FP’s Ravi Agrawal argues that the gig economy is giving the developing world a leg up.

Then They Came for the Lawyers Ryan Avent writes that technology has already driven blue-collar workers into the underclass and that white-collar professionals may be next.

Our Data, Ourselves Professor Philip N. Howard makes the case for how to stop tech firms from monopolizing — and stealing — our personal information.

Closing the Factory Doors Christina Larson notes that for two centuries, developing countries have used low-wage factory labor to climb out of poverty. What, she provocatively asks, will happen when robots take those jobs?

Who Will Care for the Carers? Ai-jen Poo of National Domestic Workers Alliance, and Sarita Gupta of Jobs With Justice, show how, as populations age, countries will need ever more primary health workers and aides — jobs robots will never do well. So why, they ask, do we treat these workers so badly?

Protect Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself Robots can actually create jobs —if countries get their trade policies right, writes New America’s Michael Lind.



How Venezuela Struck It Poor FP’s Keith Johnson narrates the tragic — and totally avoidable — self-destruction of one of the world’s richest oil economies.

How Conservation Became Colonialism Alexander Zaitchik visits the Ecuadorian Amazon to look into how indigenous people, not environmentalists, are the key to protecting the world’s most precious ecosystems. 



The Fix: South Koreans Learn to Love the Other FP’s Palmer and the Seoul-based journalist Ga-young Park show how South Korea overcame decades of xenophobia with a government-run campaign to celebrate, and encourage, multiculturalism. 

Aperture: Longtime Neighbors The Polish photographer Selim Korycki and FP’s Sarah Wildman document the 400-year-old forgotten history of Poland’s Tatar Muslims.

Profile: Those Who Dare to Bare Their Hair The BBC’s Kim Ghattas tells the story of Masih Alinejad, a Voice of America host and women’s rights activist who is challenging the Iranian regime by fighting the compulsory hijab — one headscarf at a time.


For further information, please contact Caitlin Thompson,  Caitlin.Thompson@foreignpolicy.com, 202-457-7939