University of Minho & Work 4.0 Consortium

Learning Practice 2

The coming decades will witness to profound social, cultural and economic changes enhanced by rapid scientific and technological advances. New businesses, forms of social organization and work models will bring numerous opportunities for personal and collective development as well as complex challenges of individual well-being and social progress. Professional success will depend on individuals’ ability to maintain skills tailored to the needs of a continuously shrinking labour market. Robots and intelligent systems will be increasingly used to perform repetitive and well-defined tasks, which not only include simple tasks but also very complex ones that require high levels of precision. In this context, the scientific and technological skills as well as those that are still specifically human will be fundamental for the future worker.