Joe Atikian is the author of Industrial Shift: The Structure of the New World Economy.
The robots are not coming for our jobs. In 1915, the industrialist Lloyd Raymond Smith asked, “Can automobile frames be built without men?” The same question has been asked about entire industries. It never happened, even though automation has appeared in every workplace. And it didn’t merely appear. Factory labour got intensively more mechanized from the moment factories were born. The surprise was that factory employment kept growing for another 65 years, including the early computer era.
Computer technology intensified automation, but it also spawned […]
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Graham Smith , head of marketing at Microsoft recruitment partner Curo Talent, explains why IT workers needn’t worry about the AI takeover
Artificial intelligence (AI) hasn’t always had favourable representation in pop culture. In Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), homicidal supercomputer Hal demonstrated how AI could surpass the intelligence of a human — and for humans, the results weren’t so great.
In reality, since the introduction of robots to automotive production lines in the 1960s, the threat that automation poses to manual jobs has been widely understood. However, the machine economy now comprises of much more than mechanical […]
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Australia’s Rio Tinto mining company already has robot trucks involved in automated mining activities. Australia’s Rio Tinto mining company already has robot trucks involved in automated mining activities.
JOHANNESBURG – It is difficult to predict the extent of job replacements by Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI), which is a topic high on the agenda of many employees throughout the world.
In South Africa, where the unemployment rate is treacherously high, those who are fortunate enough to have jobs now face the potential challenge from machines and AI.As technologies develop, it is important to separate the risks each poses.Robotics and automation […]
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Alan Rooks Editor in Chief One theory I came up with years ago, backed by absolutely no evidence, is that automation and robotics will eventually be so extensive that none of us will have to leave our houses. We will eventually sit around all day, grow roots, and evolve back into the plant life we came from millions of years ago.
Apparently, we’re half way there. According to a recent article on MarketWatch.com , “Half of All Jobs Can Today Be Automated—and Within 50 Years, All of Them Can Be,” by Anna Kook, it is no longer in question whether […]
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For years, the purveyors of respectable opinion assured us that there was no need to worry about the economic dislocations caused by free trade, because such dislocations would be comparatively minor and temporary. In fact, as Gwynn Guilford notes in an important new article at Quartz , even academic economists are beginning to conclude that imports from China cost up to 2.4 million American manufacturing jobs between 1999 and 2011 and that "offsetting employment gains in other industries never materialized."
Now that they are faced with clear evidence of substantial and long-lasting job losses in the manufacturing sector, the same […]
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New technologies are affecting jobs the world over. Is your job safe? Photo – Shutterstock At the 51st annual general meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila last week, discussions centred on the advancement of new technologies and the impact robotics and AI would have on local jobs.
In an interview on the sidelines of the event, Sameer Khatiwada, ADB economist at Economic Research and Regional Co-operation Department, told The Myanmar Times that while some jobs will likely be replaced by machines, new functions are also emerging that will require human skills.
Here are some excerpts of the interview, […]
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