Working With Robots in a Post-Pandemic World

Working With Robots in a Post-Pandemic World

Whether you turn to news outlets, tech magazines, or academic sources for insight, you’re likely to hear that the COVID-19 pandemic is going to drive massive growth in automation, especially via robots. 1 The arguments in favor of this view seem reasonable: Main Street might look dead, but companies that provide shippable goods have been facing double, triple, or even 10 times their previous demand. Robots, the thinking goes, should be able to reliably do that repetitive physical work when many workers aren’t safely able or willing to set foot in the building. What’s more, access to the technology […]

Visualizing Data: How Data Insights Could Be About To Change

Visualizing Data: How Data Insights Could Be About To Change

Gartner recently noted a shift away from data dashboard. Is this a trend that will continue? As businesses collect vast quantities of information from their customers and commercial partners, how can this data be visualized for insights? Is the data dashboard now not fit for purpose

According to Gartner ’s top 10 data and analytical trends of 2020, the use of analytics dashboards will decline being replaced by automated data stories over the next three-to-five years. Is visualizing data about to radically change?

The dashboard has been a cornerstone of data analytics for decades. Is this about to change, as AI […]

149m Digital Skill Jobs Required to Transform Economies by 2025’

Given the unprecedented impact that COVID-19 pandemic has had on organisations and industries, which has compelled industries globally, Nigeria inclusive, Microsoft has said about 149 million new digital skill jobs are required in the next five years to accelerate global transformation.

Speaking at a virtual roundtable event, it hosted recently to discuss how the rampant digital transformation accelerated by COVID-19 has impacted skills demand, the Country Manager, Microsoft Nigeria, Mr. Akin Banuso, noted that COVID-19 had dramatically accelerated the pace of digital transformation and as a result, digital skills are required immediately.

According to Banuso; “Our recent research study shows that […]

AI won’t replace humans, just like computers didn’t

Experts are confident that artificial intelligence will operate hand in hand with humans in the workplace, not take their jobs.

With everything else that’s been going on in our busy lives, it’s been easy for humans to forget about the oncoming technological storm. As automation creeps into factories, workplaces and homes, artificial intelligence is making itself part of day-to-day life in numerous industries. Already deployed in devices used by three-quarters of global consumers, self-learning machines are observing the way we live, and copying the way we complete tasks.

In many ways, we’re already letting the machines take over…Should we fear this […]

Helping today’s students to become tomorrow’s thriving employees

Helping today’s students to become tomorrow’s thriving employees

FOR most people, the year 2028 is very distant. But when you consider that 18 years have already passed since the prospect of a new millennium had the world in a panic over what would happen to their computers and data, the next 10 years are sure to fly by at a similarly eye-watering pace.

Although the number of days a year is constant, the pace at which the world changes every day is guaranteed to keep accelerating. And although it’s possible that predictions of driverless cars, wearable cellphones and voice-controlled appliances will have become reality by 2028, the one […]

Inclusive Growth? The Unequal Contribution of Globalisation and Automation to Local Jobs

Inclusive Growth? The Unequal Contribution of Globalisation and Automation to Local Jobs

Photo by Remy Gieling on Unsplash Welcome to REDI-Updates. REDI-Updates is a bi-annual publication which will get behind the data and translate it into understandable terms. WM REDI staff and guest contributors will discuss various topics, with this first publication focusing on how inclusive growth can be a tool to tackle regional imbalances across the UK. In this article, Dr Raquel Ortega-Argiles and Nikolaos Terzidis discuss some of the factors behind the declining employment of low skill workers compared to high skilled workers and uneven wage growth across different skill groups.

In recent decades, employment restructuring in the industrialised […]

Will a Robot Take Your Job? It’s a Matter of Adaptability, Researchers Say

Will a Robot Take Your Job? It’s a Matter of Adaptability, Researchers Say

Technology Increasing automation will likely hit people with limited skill sets the hardest. “Robot-proof” jobs will likely require greater education, interpersonal skills and adaptability.

As many offices and factory floors sit empty during the pandemic, the picture of these human-free facilities makes it easy to imagine those spaces filling up with robotic replacements.

If that were to happen, it’s not clear when: Some reports claim that up to half of all jobs in the U.S. are at risk of being automated, and the pivot might come in just a few years or decades from now . But when thinking about […]

Robots and the gender pay gap in Europe

Robots and the gender pay gap in Europe

Robotics and automation. Whilst robotization can benefit a number of industries and occupations, it also has the ability to worsen pay disparities between men and women.

Men in medium and high-skilled occupations disproportionately benefit from robotization when compared to other demographics.

It is vital governments increase their efforts to equip women and men equally with the skills most relevant for future employment, write three economists. Recent advances in automation and their implications for the economy and society are central issues in global policy and academic debates (see Baldwin 2019, Klenert et al. 2020). Despite the comprehensive examination of the […]

What do AI users really think it’s capable of?

What do AI users really think it's capable of?

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It’s safe to say we’ve been distracted for the last few years. While a tumultuous political, social and economic landscape has seized Britain, in the background a technological revolution has been taking place. No longer a futuristic concept, artificial intelligence (AI) is making its way into our lives right now.

Self-learning machines are already found in devices and cloud services used by three in four global consumers. They’re also dictating which media we consume, how we communicate with each other and what our jobs entail. Could human intelligence soon be replaced?Perhaps not. There are a […]

This is the effect robotics is having on the gender pay gap across Europe

This is the effect robotics is having on the gender pay gap across Europe

Robotics and automation. Whilst robotization can benefit a number of industries and occupations, it also has the ability to worsen pay disparities between men and women.

Men in medium and high-skilled occupations disproportionately benefit from robotization when compared to other demographics.

It is vital governments increase their efforts to equip women and men equally with the skills most relevant for future employment, write three economists. Recent advances in automation and their implications for the economy and society are central issues in global policy and academic debates (see Baldwin 2019, Klenert et al. 2020). Despite the comprehensive examination of the […]