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Intensification

Classic models of automation suggest it will be labour saving. However there is a growing literature which seeks to understand how digital technologies intensify human activity at work, by increasing the density of tasks completed by people. This has been described as ‘power-biased’ and ‘effort-biased’ technological change. Resources in this collection aim to inform and unpack the difference between intensification and augmentation to better understand how technology changes job quality. We are keen to critically engage with a wide range of perspectives on the future of work. These resources do not necessarily reflect the views of IFOW.

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