The world of work is changing. But why are we dedicating so much time and energy to discussing the future of work? It’s not the first time society and the economy has undergone such a major shift. Even though artificial intelligence, automation and gig work are disrupting some job markets, technological change has happened before. In fact, it’s happening all the time. So where do these conversations originate from - who cares, and who should care? And perhaps more importantly, who is deciding and shaping the future of work? In curating his newsletter Exponential View, Azeem Azhar reckons he’s read up to 60 million words on the societal implications of technology. This makes him the ideal person to accompany us on a deep exploration of the changing world of employment. We met Azeem in London to talk jobs, art, and technology, turning our gaze to the past as we try and make sense of the present and future.