The future of work calls for imagination

The future of work calls for imagination

Valter Adão, Deloitte Africa’s chief digital and innovation officer. Human beings are having a crisis of imagination. This is the view of Valter Adão, Deloitte Africa’s chief digital and innovation officer, speaking at the SingularityU South Africa Summit in Johannesburg yesterday.

According to Adão, human beings can see emerging technologies are going to take jobs away but are unable to imagine how these technologies will help create new jobs.

The media, he stated, also builds this up with articles about potential job losses as a result of automation, and people buy into this news.Top of the discussion at the SingularityU Summit […]

Automation and digitalisation turn the Swiss labour market upside down

Automation and digitalisation turn the Swiss labour market upside down

We are happy to share a guest blog from one of our Digital Day partner organizations, Annalisa Job, Adecco Group Switzerland, addressing one of the Digital Day themes: Work 4.0

The increased interconnectedness of machines and humans in supply chains and production processes is transforming the work place. New tools are changing entire work processes and require more mental work than manual labour. The “skill mismatch” between vacancies and competencies available on the market is intensifying against a backdrop of demographic change in Switzerland.

The digitalisation and automation of the work place is creating anxiety about what jobs will be […]

AI taking jobs is not a concern for certain workers

AI taking jobs is not a concern for certain workers

AI and job loss may turn out to be among the biggest stories of this century, but workers in certain fields don’t have nearly as much to worry about as others. When it comes to the issue of AI taking jobs, most people are pessimistic. The pace at which software is replacing human jobs continues to pick up, and the list of industries set to be swamped by automation is growing.

But AI won’t eliminate all work . In fact, there are a variety of broad job categories and specific work roles that will be difficult for machines to automate […]

Automation and the future of work: understanding the numbers

Automation and the future of work: understanding the numbers

In 2013, we published a paper titled ‘The Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs to Computerisation?’ which estimated that 47% of jobs in the US are at risk of automation.

Since then other, similar studies have emerged, arriving at different numerical conclusions but built on the same intuition – that the future of work can be inferred by observing what computers are capable of. There are good reasons to believe that this view is correct. Back in 2003, MIT researchers David Autor, Frank Levy and Richard Murnane highlighted the disappearance, since 1980, of jobs that were intensive in ‘routine’ […]

Latin American Cities and the Future of Work

Latin American Cities and the Future of Work

How to prepare Latin America’s workforce for a technological revolution. This article features commentary on AQ’s Top 5 Urban Visionaries: Ricardo Mora , and appears in our recent print issue on how to make Latin American cities better places to live and work.

How will technology affect jobs in Latin America? And how must our cities adapt?

In the past, experts have pointed to the polarization of the labor market: high- and low-skilled occupations have gained participation in total employment at the expense of middle-skilled ones. Routine tasks — which follow easily definable procedures that could be replicated by a […]

Don’t get left behind: Prof examines how big data, automation are revolutionizing the world of retail

Don’t get left behind: Prof examines how big data, automation are revolutionizing the world of retail

Mohammad Rahman. (Purdue University photo/John Underwood) Mohammad Rahman studies how technology is transforming people and businesses

Rahman says AI could exploit our biases rather than help us overcome them

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — As an international student from Bangladesh, Mohammad Rahman graduated with a degree in computer science shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.“Because of my name and the fact I was an F-1 international student, it was difficult to find a job,” said Rahman , now an associate professor in the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University and one of the 40 best professors under 40 […]

Sasse: Trump Is Using Immigrants to Exploit People’s ‘Anxiety’

Sasse: Trump Is Using Immigrants to Exploit People’s ‘Anxiety’

Monday in an interview with CBS News, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) said President Donald Trump “will take something like people’s anxiety” about employment stability and “pretend the problem is immigration or trade policy.”

Sasse said, “We have shorter duration jobs. Why is that happening? Overwhelmingly it’s happening because the IT revolution is leading to more automation in the way we produce stuff. It’s not primarily because of immigrants. So the president will take something like people’s anxiety about how long you are going to work at your firm and he wants to say, I the politician can bring your jobs […]

Automated Cannabis Production could change an entire industry

Automated Cannabis Production could change an entire industry

Robots weed Automated Cannabis Production could change the entire industry

Automation is a process that promises to change every facet of employment . Love it or hate it, its here to stay and its changing how we conceive of work forever. No one is safe… Not even marijuana. As one of the newest industries to enter the picture, cannabis production might be a particularly good candidate for mechanical domination. Automated cannabis production is the latest trend in the industry so the topic definitely bears some scrutiny. Let’s look at a few ways in which robots might dominate the cannabis […]

How young India plans to take on the machines as automation threat looms large

How young India plans to take on the machines as automation threat looms large

India’s young population is aware that continuous upgradation of their skills is imperative to survive the machine onslaught.

World Bank data suggests automation threatens 69% of jobs in India. China faces an even bigger threat with its 77% figure. Other developing countries too run the risk of elimination of jobs. But are the young Indian millenials really worried?

Despite prevalent scepticism, the answer is no.Everyone is worried about how the middle sectors in India are facing unemployment due to automation. The impact has been felt in the past few years and it’s only going to magnify. But India’s young population […]

Robots more likely to steal your job if you live in one of these 10 states

Robots more likely to steal your job if you live in one of these 10 states

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The rise of automation has led experts and workers to debate whether robots will steal jobs, augment employees, free them up to do more complex tasks, or some combination thereof. While potential benefits of the artificial intelligence (AI) revolution include more productive work and employees, this technology could also lead to upheaval in the job market, according to a recent report from SmartAsset. And certain states will feel the impact more than others, the report found.

The report examined data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics and Oxford University, comparing […]