Report: These jobs are dying fast, lost to automation

Report: These jobs are dying fast, lost to automation

If you’re a motion picture projectionist in California your days on the job are likely numbered, soon to be gobbled up by automation.

A new report using Bureau of Labor Statistics data ranks the job as the state’s fastest declining occupation, falling 90% between 2009 and 2018 to 160 employees in 2018 compared with 1,530 in 2009. That’s 1,370 jobs lost, and the automation probability for that position is 97%, according to the study from Commercial Cafe .

Automation is eroding or seriously threatening an increasing number of jobs throughout the nation. In the case of motion picture projectionists, the dichotomy […]

Report: These jobs are dying fast, lost to automation

Report: These jobs are dying fast, lost to automation

A new report from Commercial Cafe ranks motion picture projectionist as California’s fastest declining occupation. The study notes a 90% decline between 2009 and 2018. If you’re a motion picture projectionist in California your days on the job are likely numbered, soon to be gobbled up by automation.

A new report using Bureau of Labor Statistics data ranks the job as the state’s fastest declining occupation, falling 90% between 2009 and 2018 to 160 employees in 2018 compared with 1,530 in 2009. That’s 1,370 jobs lost, and the automation probability for that position is 97%, according to the study from […]

Anti-Technology Backlash: What’s Real? What’s Myth?

Anti-Technology Backlash: What’s Real? What’s Myth?

Is the public turning against robots? Are employees who fear for their jobs vandalizing them? Some anti-robot incidents have been reported in recent years: Take hitchBOT, a “hitchhiking robot”: It was fun but it was vandalized in 2015: As you probably know by now, HitchBot—a device made of pool noodles, rubber gloves, a bucket, and the computer power needed to talk, smile, and tweet—was deliberately decapitated and dismembered this week, only 300 miles into its hitchhiking journey across the United States. HitchBot had successfully made similar journeys across the Netherlands, Germany, and Canada, relying on bemused strangers for transportation. […]

Independent candidate feels the system is broken

Independent candidate feels the system is broken

Maria Lewans Swift Current resident and small business owner Maria Lewans is running as an independent candidate in the Cypress Hills-Grasslands federal riding.

She feels that society needs to change profoundly and the political parties in this federal election are not able to implement transformative change.

“We’re digging ourselves deeper into our problems instead of getting out,” she said. “I didn’t think any of the other parties were really addressing the situation. I don’t think re-arranging our taxes, giving tax breaks, filtering money here and there, is going to do anything. Our problems plaguing society are very deep-rooted and we really […]

Letter to the Editor: Universal basic income is inevitable as we head toward a fully automated society

Letter to the Editor: Universal basic income is inevitable as we head toward a fully automated society

The industrial revolution, which started with the invention of the first commercially successful steam engine in Britain in the 18th century, allowed Britain to literally conquer the world. All the other advancements were built on what was started in the 18th century.

Today, we are witnessing another technological shift or revolution in the sciences: the Digital Revolution, which started in the 1960s with the implementation and adoption of digital data and digital computers (as opposed to human computers, who would run calculations by hand) from transistors and integrated circuits.

Today, artificial intelligence (AI) and data mining techniques are being implemented in […]

Letter to the Editor: Universal basic income is inevitable as we head toward a fully automated society

Letter to the Editor: Universal basic income is inevitable as we head toward a fully automated society

The industrial revolution, which started with the invention of the first commercially successful steam engine in Britain in the 18th century, allowed Britain to literally conquer the world. All the other advancements were built on what was started in the 18th century.

Today, we are witnessing another technological shift or revolution in the sciences: the Digital Revolution, which started in the 1960s with the implementation and adoption of digital data and digital computers (as opposed to human computers, who would run calculations by hand) from transistors and integrated circuits.

Today, artificial intelligence (AI) and data mining techniques are being implemented in […]

Coolie

Coolie

That English word was used for Chinese men who migrated to America in the 19th and 20th centuries to work on construction projects, including railroads in the United States and, in the Philippines then still under the American occupation, Kennon Road in Baguio.

Coolie comes from two Chinese words: “ku” meaning difficult, and “li” meaning labor. Hard labor then, a term that
resonates with prison labor. The Chinese “ku” can also mean bitterness and sorrow.
Of all places, I thought of coolies during a trip to Binondo, the heart of our Chinatown, last weekend as we came close to a gridlock. […]

Investing in Girls’ STEM Education

Investing in Girls’ STEM Education

Afghan Girls Robotics Team prepares to compete in first international robot Olympics, July 2017.. New technologies are dramatically transforming work and the global economy every day. This new age of automation creates new opportunities for businesses and governments, but due to gender barriers as old as time, the next generation of girls is at risk of being left behind. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers hold tremendous promise for millions of women—but only if new policies tackle access and education problems first.

In our recent report , we explain why the United States should increase its investment in STEM […]

Don’t Tax Robots (Yet)

Don’t Tax Robots (Yet)

A robot at science and technology commission of the Chamber of Deputies during a demonstration of technological innovation at the Chilean Congress in Valparaiso, Chile, October 2, 2019. While most of the Democratic presidential candidates were busy trying to come up with the most extreme proposals possible on health care, guns, and climate change, New York mayor Bill de Blasio earned his ill-fated campaign a brief flurry of media attention by endorsing an idea once backed by Bill Gates: tax robots to mitigate the reduction in human employment that they are expected to cause.

This is a bad idea in […]

A global strike for a feminist future of work

A global strike for a feminist future of work

The IMF claims to be empowering women, but its programmes will only lead to more women doing precarious work. APWLD mobilisation against the IMF and World Bank, October 2018 Read more!

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Speculation around the future of work has dominated policy discussion among governments and international agencies, especially the UN and ILO, in recent years. The debate centers around how technology will disrupt the workforce, with focus on increased automation, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI). This has resulted in various policy recommendations ranging from retraining and upskilling, redesigning education systems, to flexibilisation of jobs.The World Bank […]