If you visit a website called willrobotstakemyjob.com, you can discover the probability of automation, at some point in the future, rendering your job either obsolete or safe. Since the Gazette is for lawyers, I can save you the bother – it is 4%.
This compares with a mere 0.8% for priests, 11% for journalists, 67% for bus drivers, and 94% for accountants and auditors, which perhaps goes a long way towards explaining why the ‘Big Four’ auditing and accountancy firms are making inroads into the legal space!
The calculation is based on a methodology developed by Oxford University researchers looking at […]
Japan is a land of opportunities for young people if they have the right skills. | GETTY IMAGES UNITED, ARAB EMIRATES – As the United Nations marks World Youth Skills Day on Monday, we are reminded of just how vital it is that young people are equipped to help build the sustainable, inclusive and stable societies we want them to inherit. The 1.2 billion young people aged 15 to 24 years, who make up 16 percent of the global population, are the future of our world. However, young people are almost three times more likely to be unemployed than […]
A A Robotics Industry News"There is no force on earth more powerful than an idea whose time has come" -Victor Hugo Bot Index Highlights: Despite several showings of strength by five components in the abbreviated market last week, the Bot Index rose only 1% versus the S & P 500’s 1.65% increase. The broad market’s rise did not particularly help the Bot Index as 16 of the 30 components experienced declines during the week. Only two stocks, however, experienced significant reductions in shareholder value: Cognex Corp . who fell 7.37% and Faro Technologies […]
Many people today are concerned about automation. And not without good reason – automation has been blamed for the dramatic job losses seen in manufacturing over the last few decades. And we are warned that automation will soon come for a wider range of jobs – which some think could cause "Depression-level" unemployment .
However, last year an paper was published which overturned the consensus narrative on what exactly is responsible for the job losses the U.S. has seen in the manufacturing sector. Many experts and economists have argued for decades that automation, not foreign trade is responsible for the […]
So the robots are coming for our jobs, are they? Yawn. That’s such an old story. Goes back to Elizabeth I and the stocking frame, if my memory serves me right. Machines have been taking our jobs forever. But economists, despite their reputation as practitioners of the “dismal science”, have always been upbeat about that. Sure, machines destroy jobs, they say. But hey, the new industries that new technology enables create even more new jobs. Granted, there may be a bit of “disruption” between destruction and creation, but that’s just capitalist business as usual. Besides, it’s progress, innit?
We have […]
Plenty of American had probably never heard of Andrew Yang before last night’s Democratic presidential debate. Many were also probably unfamiliar with Yang’s big idea to pay a “ universal basic income ” to all Americans. And as he explained during the debate, “…this is the move we have to make particularly as technology is now automating away millions of American’s jobs.” REUTERS/Issei Kato Actually the automation threat is worse than that. Automation will affect something like, I dunno, 100% of jobs — at least in some way or another. Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean mass unemployment. Just […]
Researchers discovered that eight hours of work per week reduces mental health issues by 30 percent.
Working a full-time job, roughly 40 hours per week, does not result in further mental health gains.
Societies are going to have to grapple with a new distribution of work as AI and robotics will soon replace many jobs. Alibaba co-founder, Jack Ma, came under fire in April when calling a twelve-hour a day, six-day workweek a " blessing ." He defended his statement by claiming China’s booming economy is the result of booting out "slackers," yet the sentiment reeked […]
The following is an excerpt from “Towards Education 3.0: The Changing Goalposts for Education” by Chris Goldspink & Robert Kay. To download the full white paper and others in the Corwin Educator Series, click here .
Education has always been concerned with preparing children and young people with the skills and capabilities they need for a full and rewarding future. However, within this statement there exists a significant assumption: that we understand what the future will be. History has shown that as a species we are not particularly good at conceiving of futures that are radically different from what […]
James and Grace Lee Boggs Celebrating the life of a hero form working-class Detroit.
J ames Boggs was an African American autoworker, working on the factory line at Detroit’s Chrysler-Jefferson plant from 1940 to 1968—28 years.
That might conjure up particular images of a post-war, rust belt factory worker. Probably a union man.And Boggs was a labor activist, but he wasn’t what you might call an ‘average’ worker.Rather, he was a revolutionary, a writer, and a theorist. He was a contemporary philosopher; a thinking human who cared about his community.And he believed—rather, he knew —you are all those things, […]
If you’re one of the many who see a dark future where the honest working man is replaced by mindless structures of automated metal, where technology has become so advanced that it is no longer under our control, and where the human race is overpowered by evil robots programmed to take over the world, 1) I envy your imagination, and 2) you should probably stop listening to people like Elon Musk. Musk, arguably one of the most highly revered tech-minds of our time, told the National Governors Association in July 2017, ¨There certainly will be job disruption. Because what’s […]