Festival of Work: Why job automation is an opportunity, not a threat

Festival of Work: Why job automation is an opportunity, not a threat

Garry Kasparov shared some insight into what the future workplace might involve. Image: CIPD Job automation was hotly debated by speakers at the CIPD’s Festival of Work conference this week, with many agreeing that it will replace many middle-skilled occupations. But this shouldn’t be seen as a threat to the human workforce, as Ashleigh Webber reports.

Until very recently, job automation and the idea that artificial intelligence (AI) would put swathes of the workforce out of work seemed distant concerns. However, with Amazon recently rolling out 200,000 robots across 50 warehouses and two NHS hospitals in London introducing software […]

Envisioning the future of robotics in the world of business

Envisioning the future of robotics in the world of business

A robot is a machine that is programmed by a computer to carry out different tasks which can be complex or simple in nature. Over the years there has been a positive trend in the robotics technology due to it benefits be it for surgeries or automated assembling of cars. This outward trend has therefore encouraged various big corporations to consider and implement this technology in their operations.

In order to understand and predict the future of robotics, we must first review, albeit briefly, the status quo. A reductionist approach to simplify the intricacies involved in robotics must be used; […]

re:MARS Attendee Notes Future Job Loss from Automation and A.I.

re:MARS Attendee Notes Future Job Loss from Automation and A.I.

There has been a lot of tech news coming out of Amazon’s inaugural re:MARS event in Las Vegas last week, some already noted here ( Jeff Bezos Predicts Advanced Robot Hands in a Decade ).

Below, billionaire Amazon owner Jeff Bezos chats up technology at his re:MARS conference. Many reports from attendees centered around all the sparkly new automation and A.I. advances, so it was a relief to find one that addressed the coming threat to human employment from smart machines. Author Kyle Wiggers (linked below) even included a list of dire predictions near the end of his article, […]

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through June 8)

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through June 8)

Inside the Amazon Warehouse Where Humans and Machines Become One
Matt Simon | Wired
“Seen from above, the scale of the system is dizzying. My robot, a little orange slab known as a ‘drive’ (or more formally and mythically, Pegasus), is just one of hundreds of its kind swarming a 125,000-square-foot ‘field’ pockmarked with chutes. It’s a symphony of electric whirring, with robots pausing for one another at intersections and delivering their packages to the slides.”

Top Oxford Researcher Talks the Risk of Automation to Employment Luke Dormehl | Digital Trends “[Karl Benedict Frey’s] new […]

The age of Machine Intelligence is here: Are you ready?

The age of Machine Intelligence is here: Are you ready?

Mike Walsh addresses the National Automatic Merchandising Association show in Las Vegas. Are you prepared for the Age of Machine Intelligence? That’s a time when machines anticipate consumers’ choices before they are made. That age is nearer than many people realize, according to author/futurist Mike Walsh, who said business leaders need to understand how the new reality impacts the decisions they make.

The National Automatic Merchandising Association show, held last week in Las Vegas, made an appropriate setting for Walsh’s message, given the number of exhibits and education sessions featuring artificial intelligence. While these new technologies impact many industries, the […]

Universal Basic Income, Automation and the Future of Jobs

Universal Basic Income, Automation and the Future of Jobs

The nature of work has changed dramatically since the 1950s.

In that glorious post-war period, work was primarily a man’s purview, while women did so-called "invisible" work – taking care of children, maintaining the home and cooking.

It wasn’t unusual for a man to retire 40 years laterfrom the same employer he started with. That employer picked up the worker’s health and life insurance, and some employers even paid school tuition for their workers’ children. There was a sense of continuity. The 1950s Source: Pixabay Welcome to today. It’s rare for a worker to stay at a single job for longer […]

Five Ways To Create And Implement More Ethical AI

Five Ways To Create And Implement More Ethical AI

With more innovation in artificial intelligence (AI), more unexpectedly dangerous uses — like the OpenAI and Amazon cases — are emerging. Each one is a good reminder to consider the ethics and implications surrounding AI and machine learning (ML).

First, it’s important to note that AI does not, on its own, have any intention (good or bad) or the will to misbehave. Even the most sentient-seeming AI lacks intention or motivation; it’s simply interpreting the data it’s given. Ultimately, with any ethical questions that arise from AI, humans are responsible for creating AI within an ethically sound framework.

With that premise […]

Automation to disproportionately affect women in healthcare

Automation to disproportionately affect women in healthcare

An emergency department in 2030 is poised to look much different as automation takes hold, and those changes are likely to disproportionately affect women in healthcare, according to a new report.

Automation will displace as many as 1 in 4 female workers across all sectors, or 160 million women, but that will be offset by an increase in demand and productivity, according to a new report from the McKinsey Global Institute. That does not account for "frontier" jobs that one could not even imagine today, said Kweilin Ellingrud, a senior partner at McKinsey and co-author of the report.

"It is scary […]

High Oxford researcher talks the chance of automation on employment

If you’ve been following the conversation about technological unemployment and the threat of robots and A.I. stealing jobs, you may have come across the prediction that 47% of current jobs in the U.S. are at risk of automation. That figure comes from a widely cited 2013 paper, titled “The Future of Employment.”

One of that paper’s co-authors, Dr. Carl Benedikt Frey, has now expanded on the thesis in a new book. Frey is co-director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Technology and Employment at the U.K.’s prestigious Oxford University. His new book, The Technology Trap: Capital, Labor, and Power in […]

Populism is thriving as losers to the robot revolution demand radical change: Carl Benedikt Frey

Populism is thriving as losers to the robot revolution demand radical change: Carl Benedikt Frey

The mainstream political parties have largely neglected these losers, mostly lowskilled working class. The populists are tapping into their anger, says Frey.

The urban-rural divide that we see today, also in India, is likely to be exacerbated because new jobs mostly emerge in cities with skilled populations, says Frey. The rise of right-wing leaders has been a recurring theme of recent times. Is it linked to the emerging economic situation, especially the growing inequality and the hollowing out of middle-class jobs amid a wave of tech-led disruptions? Carl Benedikt Frey, co-director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Technology and […]