Yuval Noah Harari and Russell Brand on the future of work

Yuval Noah Harari and Russell Brand on the future of work

In the inaugural Penguin Talk, in September 2018, Professor Yuval Noah Harari joined comedian Russell Brand to discuss the changes and decisions which will impact young people in the not-so-distant future.



Age: Key Stages 3 – 5

Subject: PSHE

Topic: The future of work

The following activities give KS3-5 students the opportunity to explore what the world of work might look like in the future and how they can best prepare for it. The following activities can be used as standalone activities, or used together with the starter and plenary to form a complete lesson (approx. 1 hour 30 mins in total).

Learning Objectives:

  1. What does it mean to “hack a human”?
  2. How will the job market change in the future?
  3. How can we prepare ourselves for the changing job market?


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Activity one

Professor Yuval Noah Harari explains his thoughts on the future of work, including the fact that soon computers and algorithms will be able to ‘hack’ humans.


Activity two

Professor Yuval Noah Harari explains how being able to ‘hack’ humans may impact on work in the future, including how computers may take over the common jobs of today.


Activity three

Russell Brand and Yuval Noah Harari outline strategies for what we can do to prepare for an uncertain future work place.