Henry Ford II, and the leader of the automobile workers union, Walter Reuther, both saw many examples of advanced machinery operating at the firm. The words they exchanged brilliantly encapsulated the paradox of automation: “Henry Ford II: Walter, how are you going to get those robots to pay your union dues? Walter Reuther: Henry, how are you going to get them to buy your cars?” The robots are changing the word of the labour market now for decades. There is a dispute between the legal specialists if there will be factories in 10 years, but nobody doubts that there won’t be any in 50 years. The paper is analyzing the way of how robotics has changed the power and role of human work in the industry, and also want to seek for a soothing answer for the question: what kind of work would our children do, if any?
We look forward to welcoming you on July 3-5, 2023 for our Annual Conference entitled "Islands and Ocean: Public Law in a Plural World." The conference will take place at the Victoria University of Wellington, in New Zealand. We will be announcing more details about the conference soon, including financial support to early career and global south scholars!