Robot-related job losses could create ‘Trumpism on steroids’

Experts predict that technology disruption, such as robot receptionists, will eliminate old tasks and create new jobs. by John Kehoe

Darrell West, the author of a new book, The Future of Work: Robots, AI, and Automation , warns the emerging digital economy is in the early stages of a disruptive phenomenon that could morph into "Trumpism on steroids".

West’s book, due to be released next week, explores in detail the potential for technology to replace workers between 2020 and 2050. His forecast may send a shudder through millions of blue and white collar workers, in both wealthy and developing countries."In the […]

The Future Of Work: How AI Will Hit The Developing World

The Future Of Work: How AI Will Hit The Developing World

Daniel Salvatori/DPA/ZUMA Robotization, AI and other technological advances will change the nature of work in the coming decades. How will it play out in poorer parts of the world?

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BUENOS AIRES — To bring the debate on the future of work to the reality of the developing world, one should distinguish between three dimensions of the debate that are sometimes confused.The first has to do with the relationship between technology and labor displacement. The displacement of work comes before technological unemployment, in a transition between the past and the future. Here, traditional tasks and occupations are replaced […]

Bullshit jobs: why they exist and why you might have one

Bullshit jobs: why they exist and why you might have one

Do you have a job that you secretly believe is pointless?

If so, you have what anthropologist David Graeber calls a “bullshit job.” A professor at the London School of Economics and a leader of the early Occupy Wall Street movement, Graeber has written a new book called Bullshit Jobs: A Theory .

He argues that there are millions of people across the world — clerical workers, administrators, consultants, telemarketers, corporate lawyers, service personnel, and many others — who are toiling away in meaningless, unnecessary jobs, and they know it.It didn’t have to be this way, Graeber says. Technology has advanced […]

How can we ensure a truly equal future for women?

How can we ensure a truly equal future for women?

This article draws on insights from our recent book – “The Future Reinvented – Reimagining, Life, Society and Business” to explore how business and society can ensure a more positive future for women. We conclude with our dreams for the future.

Increased participation

Looking at the forces shaping our world, society could clearly benefit significantly from the increased participation of women in the future of technology development, elected governmental roles, and higher education. For example, we need to better understand that even an algorithm can be racist or sexist before integrating artificial intelligence (AI) into our social systems and […]

What Will Manufacturing Jobs Be Like in 2068?

What Will Manufacturing Jobs Be Like in 2068?

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 […]

Former Infosys Chief Sikka Is Working On An AI Venture That Seeks To Expand “Human Creativity”

Former Infosys Chief Sikka Is Working On An AI Venture That Seeks To Expand “Human Creativity”

Former Infosys Chief Vishal Sikka has revealed that he is working on a venture involving artificial intelligence that will use technology to enhance “human creativity”, ET reported .

In a keynote speech given at TiE Inflect conference in Silicon Valley, Sikka, who is publicly known to be passionate about AI, told the audience that there needed to be more education on artificial intelligence as there were currently fewer than 250,000 people who could use machine learning tools.

Following Sikka’s journey during Infosys, it is very easy to notice how AI has played a prominent role in his business plans. While at […]

Job losses from automation or trade pacts? Will we learn from this?

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The Epic Mistake about Manufacturing that’s Cost Americans Millions of Jobs

America’s manufacturing sector is in far worse shape than the media, politicians, and even most academics realize. Manufacturers’ embrace of automation was supposedly a good thing. Sure, some factory workers lost their jobs. But increased productivity boosted living standards, and as manufacturing work vanished, new jobs in construction and other services took its place. This was more of a shift than a loss, explained Bradford DeLong, economics […]

ADB seminar considers challenge of technological change, globalization, and jobs in Asia

ADB seminar considers challenge of technological change, globalization, and jobs in Asia

MANILA: As Asia and the Pacific seeks inclusive and sustainable economic growth, countries are adapting to the possibility that new technologies in fields such as robotics and artificial intelligence may lead to challenges for some industries and groups of workers, according to participants at a high-level Asian Development Bank (ADB) seminar held here on Friday.

“Advances in new technologies will raise incomes and increase demand from Asia’s rising consumer class,” ADB President Takehiko Nakao said at the Governors’ Seminar during ADB’s 51st Annual Meeting. “Countries that maintain flexible policies, support improvements to education, and put in place a stronger social […]

Robot revolution could give us bread and roses

Robot revolution could give us bread and roses

John Harris asks what happens next to all the jobs that technology will obliterate ( Ten million jobs could be gone in 15 years. What then?, 30 April ). He fears that inequality will worsen. Not necessarily. Let robots do the boring, repetitive stuff. Humans can do all those jobs required to create a better life for all, and provide decent pay and good working conditions to boot. It’s not rocket science. We need many more care, support, youth and early years workers. In fact, we pretty much need to reinvent local government and the services it should provide. […]

ADB seminar considers challenge of technological change, globalization, and jobs

ADB seminar considers challenge of technological change, globalization, and jobs

As Asia and the Pacific seeks inclusive and sustainable economic growth, countries are adapting to the possibility that new technologies in fields such as robotics and artificial intelligence may lead to challenges for some industries and groups of workers, according to participants at a high-level Asian Development Bank (ADB) seminar.

“Advances in new technologies will raise incomes and increase demand from Asia’s rising consumer class,” ADB President Takehiko Nakao said at the Governors’ Seminar during ADB’s 51st Annual Meeting in Manila

“Countries that maintain flexible policies, support improvements to education, and put in place a stronger social safety net will be […]