Autodesk makes software for people who make things. If you've ever driven a high-performance car, admired a towering skyscraper, used a smartphone, or watched a great film, chances are you've experienced what millions of Autodesk customers are doing with our software.

We believe that technology can accelerate solutions to our most pressing problems, such as anticipated global population growth of 30 percent by 2050, but only if people are prepared to work with machines in new ways. In the future world of work automation will be crucial - the world needs more buildings, infrastructure, and products than it has people, money, or materials to make them.

Automation will cause two things to happen: It will transform existing industries and create brand-new industries. As a result, the future population will have to adapt to a more technologically sophisticated work environment. Workers will spend more time interacting with technology than they do today.

The younger generations of designers and makers are already more technologically comfortable than the previous generations. They’re used to technology changing rapidly, and they adapt to changes from one release to the next. That kind of fluidity and adaptability to technology—which will do more for people in the coming years—is key to the future of making things.

At Re:publica this year we’ll be exploring the Future of Work in a number of ways and we can hope you can come and join us:

The Future of Work: Will Robots and Automation Destroy or Save Us?

Experts who equate robotics and automation with the destruction of jobs often overlook one important detail: With the world’s population expected to increase to almost 10 billion by 2050 we will need more buildings, infrastructure and products to support more people. We will explore the role of AI/automation, in helping us design and make MORE things, make them BETTER, and with LESS negative impact.

A failure of imagination and the rise of enhanced cognition as a human right

The rise of automation has always driven new forms of work since the beginning of human civilization. Each time a new era is born it seems like the technological shock will end work. The anxiety this time is at a fever pitch. Yet we will need more things - that fit us better, and waste less - than ever before. There is plenty of work to do. Join and explore the potential for machine/human learning and play as a means of helping individuals and organizations thrive.

But we’re not just about talk. We’re helping upskill workers to thrive in the age of automation through initiatives like our partnership with Village Capital or teaming up with LinkedIn Learning to unlock more than 40 current skills courses for technical jobs

These are just the latest moves in Autodesk's efforts to prepare the workforce to thrive in a future that will require people to make and build more, do it better, and with less negative impact on the world.

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