Why The Agile Workplace Must Include AI And Humans

Why The Agile Workplace Must Include AI And Humans

Getty Getty The way work gets done is changing drastically. While many companies use outsourcing, temporary workers and agency partners to extend in-house capabilities and ramp up support during high-demand times, the majority of business operations continue to be handled by a core group of full- and part-time permanent workers. While this may have sufficed in the past, HR and business leaders need to rethink and redesign their legacy employment models to ensure business sustainability.

What should the workforce of the future look like? Unlike today’s model, it will be made up of three distinct types of “workers”: traditional (full- […]

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Okay, let’s start with … 1 big thing: Economic juice Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty For more than a year, the U.S. jobless rate has hovered right around 4% — including the last three months, when it’s been a mind-boggling 3.7%, a half-century low. Fast-growing companies desperate for workers have […]

40 per cent and 50 per cent of jobs

The report acknowledged that many jobs in Australia – 26 per cent according to one OECD paper – will still be "significantly changed by technology, requiring different and new skills".

But as for evidence that robots were destroying jobs, the report observed that the total amount of work per person in Australia had been "roughly stable over the last five decades".

"Fears that labour-displacing technological progress and improvements in productivity would bring about a large drop in available jobs have not materialised," it said."In fact, productivity increases have been associated with more employment, particularly so in Australia."It said there had been […]

More sex in driverless cars?

More sex in driverless cars?

By Chang Se-moon Will sex be more common in driverless cars? At least some studies speculate that to be the case, suggesting the likelihood that more people will die in clashes of driverless cars, a byproduct of artificial intelligence (AI). (The Washington Post, Nov. 13, A15)
Besides more sex in driverless cars, one practical question that everyone is concerned about in AI relates to what types of jobs are likely to be replaced by machine learning. Machine learning is a sub-field of AI that could impact practically everyone in the labor market, including sex workers.
Professors Erik Brynjolfsson of […]

Coping with FIRe

Coping with FIRe

I had the privilege to listen to Dr. Aniceto Orbeta of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), the government think tank, when he made a presentation on Labor and Global Development before the People Management Association of the Philippines.

Now, the FIRe in the title of this column doesn’t refer to firing laborers but rather the shorthand for what Dr. Orbeta in his presentation calls the Fourth Industrial Revolution (FIRe). According to Dr. Orbeta, the First Revolution was about steam, water, and mechanical production equipment, starting about 1784. The Second Revolution was about division of labor, electricity, mass production, […]

The Learning Landscape For 2019

The Learning Landscape For 2019

Digital transformation leads to continuous adaptability

1486452216_DcfNbn_ed-tech.jpg As 2018 comes to a close, it is a good time to contemplate developments in the global learning landscape. In recent years, innovations in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and the Internet of Things have been major drivers in transforming business, work and everyday life. While these transformative technologies revolutionized the job market, the skill set demanded by employers has also experienced a major transformation.

Organizations across every industry are now hungry for candidates who possess a varied skillset replete with the latest digital skills and an enthusiasm for continuously upskilling during the course […]

What’s Automation Ever Done For Us? Okay, There Is The Improvement In Worker Safety

What's Automation Ever Done For Us? Okay, There Is The Improvement In Worker Safety

Image courtesy Getty Royalty Free When it comes to worker safety, factory automation is a winner.

That flies in the face of the harsh criticism automation in manufacturing has seen in the press and popular opinion in recent years. It’s not without cause, either – there are far too many horror stories of jobs lost when plants were automated. This has been happening for decades now. There’s also been plenty of “ink spilled” about the steady decline in manufacturing employment for the past 40 years. And of course, automation can lead to consolidation of operations, meaning plant closures and their […]

Digitalisation linked to slowdown in job creation – study

Digitalisation linked to slowdown in job creation - study

The report found that a third of jobs are at high risk of being affected by digitalisation A new report has found that one in three jobs in Ireland is at high risk of being affected by digitalisation over the next five years.

The study by the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs also found that those most at risk of displacement by digital technologies are those with lower levels of education.

The analysis says digital technology is rapidly changing how, where and when we do work and increasing efficiency and productivity levels.But the body, which advises the Government on current […]

Want a robot-proof job of the future? Start getting creative

Want a robot-proof job of the future? Start getting creative

Work that uses basic digital skills is more likely to disappear than jobs that rely on decision-making, judgment and the ability to create digital content

The question of how we can best deal with the swiftly changing face of the workforce is a challenge for policy-makers, chief executives, educators — and, of course, workers. You only have to go into a supermarket and see that the cashier has been replaced by a self-service checkout machine to be reminded of the scale and scope of change. It’s no wonder that people feel nervous about their job prospects.

There is also great […]

If Amazon Go technology goes big, grocery workers may get the sack

If Amazon Go technology goes big, grocery workers may get the sack

In 1912, the first Horn & Hardart automat opened in New York City.

A combination of high-tech ingenuity and frugal convenience, the automat was a restaurant that cut out costly servers. Patrons fed coins into streamlined sets of vending machines to get main courses, side dishes and desserts among hundreds of choices.

The concept actually originated in Germany in 1895. Joseph Horn and Frank Hardart licensed it for the United States, opening first in Philadelphia. But it became a Big Apple icon, a backdrop for many movies. As one appreciation described it , “Dining was communal and cafeteria-style, to the extent […]