In futurology, political science, and science fiction, a post-work society is a society in which the nature of work has been radically transformed.

Some post-work theorists imagine the complete automation of all jobs, or at least the automation of all monotonous, repetitive and thus for humans unworthy work.[1] Other theories of post-work society focus more on challenging the priority of the work ethic, and on the celebration of nonwork activities.

Near-term practical proposals closely associated with post-work theory include the implementation of a universal basic income, as well as the reduction of the length of a working day and the number of days of a working week. Increased focus on what post-work society would look like has been driven by reports such as one that states 47% of jobs in the United States could be automated.[2] Because of increasing automation and the low price of maintaining an automated workforce compared to one dependent on human labor, it has also been suggested that post-work societies would also be ones of post-scarcity.[3][4]


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  1. ^ Beckett, Andy (19 January 2018). "Post-work: the radical idea of a world without jobs". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  2. ^ Frey, Carl Benedikt; Osborne, Michael (13 April 2018). "Automation and the future of work – understanding the numbers". Oxford Martin School. Retrieved 2 May 2019.
  3. ^ Wolla, Scott A. (1 January 2018). "Will Robots Take Our Jobs?". Economic Research - St. Louis Fed. Retrieved 2 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Traditional employment is becoming obsolete". Retrieved 2021-08-27.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)