The discourses about future(s) of work are permeated with many assumptions and visions that seem to be funnelled by a single narrative: digital transformations will change our public life as well as our received notions of humanness. Work (nature, meanings, organisation, politics,…), a substantial pillar of all human societies will be geared by such transformations, with new opportunities but also new challenges.
In the last century, technological advances linked to the mechanisation, electrification, and computerisation of work prompted both the creation and replacement of jobs at large scales, altering as well many forms of work. Nowadays, information technologies are pushing us once again towards a new tipping point, by potentially reshaping the nature of work. It is foreseen that advances in computer power, robotics, artificial intelligence and machine learning, will continue to have a profound impact in the futures of work. Yet, technology is not the only driver shaping the futures of work. Socio-economic and environmental drivers, such as globalisation, ageing population, migration, climate change, and resource depletion are also pointed out as major factors.