The potential for workers to be displaced by automation is real, and growing. Allowing our children to take part in unstructured play has been shown to boost creativity, resilience, empathy, and emotional regulation — skills considered fundamental to their future job prospects.

Jenny Anderson, writing in Quartz:

Research shows that play is crucial in establishing the foundations of social, emotional, and academic learning. Dressing up like Batman or building imaginary cities with blocks help young children cultivate creativity, develop emotional intelligence and regulation (pdf), and build empathy—the very skills that robots can’t replace.