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date: 19 August 2019

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This chapter explores the rapidly growing body of research around technological unemployment and asks: What is the role of higher education in the digital age when technological unemployment becomes the rule rather than the exception? It shows that educational solutions based on the concepts of human capital and homo economicus are unable to resolve the problem of technological unemployment, and concludes that contemporary education requires a non-supercessionist approach based on the figure of homo collaborans which fundamentally rethinks the concepts of work, education, and research. Finally, it blends the ‘open model of the digital university’ and the model of ‘creative university as digital public university’ with recent insights into technological unemployment and develops the non-supercessionist ‘model of education for the Fourth Industrial Revolution’ which may serve as a useful point of departure for further discussions in the field.

Keywords: technological unemployment, cognitive capitalism, Fourth Industrial Revolution, homo economicus, homo collaborans, material labour, immaterial labour

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