Three-in-five young Australians in the dark about mining careers: survey

Three-in-five young Australians in the dark about mining careers: survey

Australian mining needs to be promoted as an attractive career. More than half of young Australians know nothing about a career in mining, according to research from youth agency, YouthInsight.

The agency, which represents 1061 senior high school students and first-year university students aged between 15 and 20, found that knowledge of mining careers was extremely low, with 59 per cent of those involved in the research knowing nothing.

Additionally, the research revealed that just 30 per cent of students were interested in a career in mining or the mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sectors.Despite mining and METS providing 1.1 […]

Bullshit Jobs by David Graeber Review

Bullshit Jobs by David Graeber Review

Graeber, an anthropology professor at the London School of Economics, was a mover and shaker in the Occupy Wall Street movement and is well known for his approachable critiques of neoliberal free market ideology. His new book, Bullshit Jobs: A Theory (Simon & Schuster; $27), sprang from a shorter essay he published in 2013 in a feminist-activist magazine called Strike , which quickly struck a nerve. (One that kept thrumming: on a Monday morning in 2015, an anonymous group plastered the London Underground with quotations from the writings.)

“Huge swathes of people spend their days performing jobs they secretly believe […]

How the World’s Biggest Companies Are Fine-Tuning the Robot Revolution

How the World’s Biggest Companies Are Fine-Tuning the Robot Revolution

Fritz is more efficient at handling the dangerous and repetitive task of lifting the 8-inch metal-and-circuitry pieces out of the furnace. This leaves Mr. Rösch less exposed to potential accidents and gives him time to test 20% more parts than he did before the robots.

The big question surrounding automation has long been whether robots would compete with workers or help them. Initially, workers feared robots would destroy jobs across the economy. Scholarly research and real-life experience has eased that concern, although some types of workers and industries are ending up on the losing side.

Today, the question is more precise: […]

Why we need to protect our income from robot automation

Why we need to protect our income from robot automation

The future is here. It’s time to take action. Robots conjure images of some distant future – a crisp, white-walled existence. Except that time is now.

Last month, one leading futurologist predicted that the global robot population, already more than 57 million, will outnumber humans by 2048, and that’s a conservative estimate.

Automation is already ingrained in everything from warehouse management to selling financial products. Workers are worried that they are going to find themselves replaced in the jobs market; employer services provider ADP recently surveyed 1,300 working adults and found that a third believe their job will be automated within […]

What impact is automation having on insurance employment?

What impact is automation having on insurance employment?

Online streaming services ended the dominance of cable and satellite TV services, automated telephone systems have displaced receptionists, and fully autonomous cars threaten all sorts of commercial driving jobs.

In Ontario’s insurance sector though, the adoption of technology – think artificial intelligence, blockchain , and cloud services – hasn’t yet resulted in less jobs, according to a new report, “Better, Faster, Stronger: Maximizing the benefits of automation for Ontario’s firms and people,” from the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship.

One reason that employment in the province’s finance and insurance sector grew by 35% between 2002 and 2016, in spite of […]

Could AI bridge the digital skills gap?

Could AI bridge the digital skills gap?

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 […]

Robots are helping some workers, instead of taking their jobs

Robots are helping some workers, instead of taking their jobs

Software and automation threaten to make 15% of jobs obsolete within a decade. In some industries, it’s likely to be higher.

But for now, robots may actually be helping workers, making it easier to succeed at their jobs, or even move on to more productive, higher-skill work that pays more and offers better job security.

Julie Sweet, CEO of Accenture North America, tells Yahoo Finance in the video above that “artificial intelligence”—computers that can learn like humans and do some intellectual work—has allowed her firm to eliminate lower-skill jobs and train those workers for other jobs harder to fill.“We automated almost […]

The collaborative robotics revolution: A panacea for low productivity and an ageing work force?

The collaborative robotics revolution: A panacea for low productivity and an ageing work force?

By Andrew Dyer, investment manager at Baird Capital

Industry 4.0, the catch-all phrase to describe industry’s embrace of Big Data, the internet of things and robotics, tends to inspire equal feelings of excitement and anxiety.

Excitement for the manufacturers who dream of lower costs, greater efficiencies and faster and greater outputs, anxiety for the millions of workers around the world who fear that the robotic revolution will leave them without a job.A new study by the OECD suggests, however, that they needn’t be too worried. Whereas previously pundits warned that close to 50 per cent of American jobs […]

Anant Kale On The Automation Revolution And Which Jobs Robots Will Take

Anant Kale On The Automation Revolution And Which Jobs Robots Will Take

Industry dialogue about artificial intelligence and the new services featuring it are all well and good. Seriously, though, what does it mean for my job? AppZen CEO and co-founder Anant Kale doesn’t have all the answers, but offers a compelling case for why, as a general statement, the humans will be alright.

Gartner predicts that artificial intelligence will create 2.3 million jobs by 2020 while eliminating 1.8 million positions in other sectors at the same time. According to Capgemini’s Digital Transformation Institute, four out of five companies have already seen jobs created as a response to their AI initiatives.

In other […]

Over 60,000 jobs in Britain have been taken by robots

Over 60,000 jobs in Britain have been taken by robots

A new Oxford University report projects that up to 15 million jobs could be replaced by robots in the next 20 years.

More than 60,000 jobs in Britain have already been taken over by robots, the research has revealed.

Technological advances have enabled each machine to perform the roles of 3.6 factory workers.It means the 18,500 powered up so far have replaced 66,000 humans, say scientists.And the Oxford University report projects that up to 15 million jobs could be replaced in the next 20 years.But this might not mean widespread unemployment as the nature of the workplace shifts over time.Employees working […]