No jobs are safe from automation and machine learning, and long gone are the times when professions were for life. There are so many jobs that didn't even exist a decade ago, and who knows what will happen in a few years. With the jobs market more and more unstable and insecure, lifelong education is key. At the same time, what kids are learning in school is rendered obsolete faster and learning resources are becoming increasingly commoditized. Those who are at the beginning of their careers might have to readjust or reinvent themselves in a few years, as knowledge decays in time, although we never actively try to upgrade that information. As Shane Parrish from Farnam Street was writing in this article about the half-life of information: Information has a predictable half-life: the time taken for half of it to be replaced or disproved. Over time, one group of facts replaces another. As our tools and knowledge become more advanced, we can discover more — sometimes new things that contradict what we thought we knew, sometimes nuances about old things. Sometimes we discover a whole area that we didn’t. In order to cope with the accelerated and stressful pace of change, we can't afford to be complacent. Not if we want to thrive in the new economy. We need to work on gaining more skills and be (emotionally) prepared to start from scratch whenever we need to. We should focus on learning how to learn, be open minded, change our mind easily, according to variables and new situations. Yes, it's harder to create a strategy and plan for the long term, as opposed to giving laws that just regulate any new technology. However, trying to oppose technological changes will only delay them, it doesn't mean that they won't happen anyways. If you want to be prepared for the future of work, the instability and uncertainty of the new age, here are a few books that we recommend.