'Undoubtedly right' - The Economist
'Expert, original, and witty' - The Times
'An act of delicious iconoclasm' - Prospect
'Remorselessly effective' - Financial Times
A Financial Times 'Book of the Year'
A Times Literary Supplement 'Book of 2016'
A New Scientist 'Best Read of 2015'
The Future of the Professions sets out two futures for the professions. Both rest on technology. One is reassuringly familiar. It is a more efficient version of what we have today. The other is transformational -- a gradual replacement of professionals by increasingly capable systems.
In an Internet society, we will neither need nor want lawyers, accountants, doctors, teachers, architects, consultants, the clergy, and many others to work as they did in the 20th century.