A humanoid robot "Wabian-2R", developed by Japan’s Waseda University professor Atsuo Takanishi walks for a demonstration at Takanishi’s laboratory in Tokyo on October 22, 2013. (AFP/file photo)
TORONTO, June 15 (Xinhua) — As much as 42 percent of Canadian workforce is at high risk of being affected by automation and replaced by technology and computers in the next two decades, a new report showed Wednesday.
Automation previously has been restricted to routine, manual tasks, the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship at Toronto’s Ryerson University said in its report.However, breakthroughs in artificial intelligence and advanced robotics now mean that automation is […]
An interesting study by the City & Guilds Group suggests that the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and automation is not a concern for employees, but it is top of mind for their employers.
Well, in some countries anyway – South African CEOs seem less worried about it than their overseas counterparts.
The Skills Confidence Survey conducted between 9th May and 17th May this year had 8 157 respondents across the UK, US, India and South Africa. Of those that participated 1 028 were senior leaders, 2 079 were middle management and 5 050 were general employees.While this sample size is […]
This May 2016 photo shows an Otto driverless truck at a garage in San Francisco. A new report suggests technology and computers could put 42 per cent of Canadian jobs at risk in the next two decades. (Eric Risberg/Associated Press) More than 40 per cent of the Canadian workforce is at high risk of being replacedby technology and computers in the next two decades, according to a new report out Wednesday.
The Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship at Toronto’s Ryerson University said in its report that automation previously has been restricted to routine, manual tasks. However, breakthroughs in artificial […]
To compete with robots, workers need lots of help. The future of manual work is an exoskeleton suit that gives its wearer superhuman powers. And it’s coming faster than you might think.
Consultants have been pessimistic about the future of employment. The World Economic Forum recently estimated more than five million jobs will be lost worldwide as middle-income, white-collar workers are made redundant by advances in artificial-intelligence software. To make matters worse, blue-collar work has been in decline for decades, a victim of globalization and automation.
Taken together, finding work in an office complex will be no more likely than getting […]
Amazon’s automated warehouses continue to show how rapidly smart machines are taking over tasks that were performed by humans. A few years ago, workers pushed carts for miles around the warehouse picking out items for customer orders. Huffpo reported in 2011, “Some workers at Amazon.com’s Allentown, Pennsylvania warehouse are reportedly willing to contend with working at a brutal pace in dizzying heat so long as it means having a job.”
Was that only five years ago? It shows how quickly an industry can change when modern automation is applied.
Now the Amazon warehouse is immersed in tech, and other companies are […]
Employment has been decreasing in the Dutch agricultural and horticultural sector for years. In the coming years job reductions in this sector will continue. Between 2016 and 2020 a decrease of more than 7,000 full-time jobs is expected. Shrinkage is occurring quickly, especially among agricultural entrepreneurs. The number of people on unemployment benefits is increasing and there is heavy competition among job seekers, particularly in winter. Despite the job reductions, there are opportunities for certain professions in the sector as well, such as horticulturists and plant breeding specialists, according to a new UWV (Employment Insurance Agency) report on the […]
Robots are presented at the Robotics event Innorobo in La Plaine Saint-Denis on May 26, 2016. / AFP / ERIC PIERMONT (Photo credit should read ERIC PIERMONT/AFP/Getty Images) The approach to the inequality question has typically been how to either create or redistribute wealth so that those at the bottom of the economic ladder have more. Inherent in that approach is an assumption that societies have the time and choice to lift up those without, compressing the difference between haves and have-nots.
But there’s another approach, one that we seem blindly headed for, that could largely reach a reduction in […]
Worried about being replaced by a robot? According to some recent forecasts many workers should be. There are gloomy predictions that even high-wage, knowledge jobs in finance, law and medicine won’t be spared amid the relentless rise of smart machines.
A striking 2013 study by Oxford University academics Carl Frey and Michael Osborne said 47 per cent of all employment in America is "at risk" of being replaced by computers and algorithms in the next 10 to 20 years. Earlier this year a CSIRO put the proportion of Australian jobs vulnerable to automation at a worrying 44 per cent.
But now […]
So, a different topic I read and thought I’d post because it’s so slow in the Lounge since the server crash lost a bunch of threads…
It is pretty clear that the trend lines suggest that it will not be too very long before machines will make a lot of existing jobs that people do obsolete. It’s also becoming clear that new types of jobs are not being invented by new technology as quickly as technology is destroying existing jobs.
Now think about what that means for the basic assumptions and values our existing society is […]
TRACY — In Amazon’s million-square-foot order-filling warehouse, two low-slung orange robots carrying stacks of consumer products are zipping across the floor, headed right at each other. One stops — not on a dime, it turns out, but rather over a QR code stuck to the floor — and allows the other to proceed, carrying inventory to a human worker who will pluck out an item, scan it and send it off for packing and shipping.
In this building the size of 28 football fields, containing four miles of conveyor belts and 15 million items awaiting customer orders from Northern California […]