Five Big Ideas on the Future of Work | Economie |

During the final session of this year's TED conference, philosopher Peter Singer threw out a statistic: 80,000 hours.That's the amount of time a typical professional spends working. And, as so many TED speakers discussed this week, the nature of work is changing. Technology is making once-stable careers obsolete, and raising questions about how educators and lawmakers should react.


Here's a look at five big ideas from TED on how to rethink careers, change policy, improve our health and prepare for the future of the work:For the economy to improve, the national retirement age must increase steadily with life expectancy, said economist Robert J. Gordon, in a talk on Tuesday. Americans are already working longer. The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College reports that the average retirement age for men has increased from 62 to 64 over the past 20 years. For women, it's risen to 62. Gordon's approach would create a sliding scale, bumping up the retirement age as Americans live longer.You don't have to work at a nonprofit to do good. In fact, you may have a better shot at making a difference by taking a high-paying job. Singer, in his talk Friday, referred to the work of philosophy graduate student Will Crouch, who encourages people to take jobs in finance and banking because they pay well.

Via Denis Pennel