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Jobs portal CareerJunction’s latest employment trends report highlights job skills or job categories that are becoming redundant – quickly going the way of the switchboard operator.

The CareerJunction Employment Insights Report typically unpacks some of the professions that are and will continue to be on the rise in the coming years, its September report also highlighted several ‘jobs at risk’ – roles that may become obsolete by 2030.

These jobs are likely to fall victim to the Fourth Industrial Revolution – a term coined in 2016 by Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum – which speaks […]

GrayMatter Is Building Industrial Robots To Take Over the Jobs Humans Hate

GrayMatter Is Building Industrial Robots To Take Over the Jobs Humans Hate

GrayMatter Robotics, a startup based in Gardena (and definitely not a “Breaking Bad” reference , the founders assure us) is looking to disrupt the industrial finishing and sanding industry by programming robotic arms with artificial intelligence software to automate this labor.

At first look, the company’s manufacturing setup in Gardena looks like an unassuming warehouse. It’s sterile, with minimal decoration except a massive American flag on one shop wall. It’s reminiscent of an engineering lab, but still has the feel of a startup since, well, it’s literally in a garage for now.

GrayMatter employee programming a robotIronically, my arrival comes shortly […]

Factory Jobs Are Booming Like It’s the 1970s (nytimes.com)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from the New York Times: Ever since American manufacturing entered a long stretch of automation and outsourcing in the late 1970s, every recession has led to the loss of factory jobs that never returned. But the recovery from the pandemic recession has been different: American manufacturers have now added enough jobs to regain all that they shed — and then some . The resurgence has not been driven by companies bringing back factory jobs that had moved overseas, nor by the brawny industrial sectors and regions often evoked by President Biden, former President […]

Artificial Intelligence in art underlines deeper implications for workers

Artificial Intelligence in art underlines deeper implications for workers

Above, a DALL-E 2 generation made with just a one sentence prompt. Artificial Intelligence — it’s the thing of sci-fi movies and dystopian novels. It’s also present and real, impacting laborers and professionals across industries.

Last month, a man used the AI image generator Midjourney to enter a fine arts contest for the Colorado State Fair under the “Digital Arts/Digitally-Manipulated Photography” category. His piece won the top prize, sparking conversation from artists about the validity of AI in art.

Many have flocked to AIs like Midjourney and DALL-E 2, which are designed to create illustrations from simple, one-sentence prompts, for their […]

Black Americans Must Make Necessary Shifts Regarding Sustainable Employment

Black Americans Must Make Necessary Shifts Regarding Sustainable Employment

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In July 2021, BlackEconomics.org released a Report Brief entitled “Black American Employment Representativeness.” We revisit that Report Brief here because the need to sound the alarm for Black labor is even more urgent today.

In addressing Black America’s employment representativeness, we focused on US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) statistics on employment by industry by race/ethnicity. Related data on employment by occupation by race/ethnicity are similar but provide additional clarity.[1]
It is common knowledge that Black American workers are underrepresented in many important professional and technical fields. Therefore, we will devote our attention here to Black […]

Are Robots and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Threats to Human Employment?

Are Robots and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Threats to Human Employment?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is simply an attempt to create machines that mimic the human mind. Although AI has become the buzzword in tech circles in recent times, it’s not a new thing. Remember when Deep Blue beat the world best chess player in 1997?

The main idea behind AI is to perform repetitive, monotonous and possibly dangerous tasks with machines. Much of humanity will now be free to focus on higher intellectual pursuits that promise a better life. AI can deliver results with precision and accuracy unmatched by humans and tirelessly too.

From transportation to education to medicine, Artificial […]

Technology Creates More Jobs Than It Destroys

Technology Creates More Jobs Than It Destroys

Despite the claims to the contrary, innovation is a job creator, not a job demolisher. American presidential candidates Andrew Yang and Bill de Blasio are very concerned about robots taking people’s jobs. Yang has been touting his $1,000 per month "Freedom Dividend" for every American adult since the beginning of his primary run to offset the potential job losses due to automation. De Blasio, on September 5th, published an op-ed published in tech magazine Wired proposing not only a "robot tax" but also the creation of a new federal agency to "oversee" automation and issue permits to businesses who […]

Artificial Intelligence in art underlines deeper implications for Maryland workers

Artificial Intelligence in art underlines deeper implications for Maryland workers

DALL-E 2 generation made with just a one sentence prompt. By Matthew Wynn and Kyle Russo, Capital News Service

Artificial Intelligence — it’s the thing of sci-fi movies and dystopian novels. It’s also present and real, impacting laborers and professionals across industries.

Last month, a man used the AI image generator Midjourney to enter a fine arts contest for the Colorado State Fair under the “Digital Arts/Digitally-Manipulated Photography” category. His piece won the top prize, sparking conversation from artists about the validity of AI in art.Many have flocked to AIs like Midjourney and DALL-E 2, which are designed to […]

Technology Workforce: Could Robots and Automated Intelligence Kill Millions of Human Labor Jobs Worldwide?

Technology Workforce: Could Robots and Automated Intelligence Kill Millions of Human Labor Jobs Worldwide?

If predictions are as accurate as a forecast weather report, the robot and automation system industry could kill over 20 million manufacturing jobs worldwide between 2030-2032, according to recent reports by expert economists and the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). A new study from Oxford Economics suggested that within the next 11 years, approximately 14 million robots will dominate China’s workforce alone. Economists analyzing long-term trends surrounding automation in the workforce hastily noted the number of operable robots worldwide had increased threefold over the past two decades to 2.25 million. Robots Replacing People?

As the U.S. employment sector seeks […]

The Fastest-Growing Employment Areas for 2022

The Fastest-Growing Employment Areas for 2022

As experts predict the U.S. economy could be heading for a recession, the barometer closely watched is layoffs. It’s a topic that is top of mind today. Layoffs in the tech sector have led the charge, with over 42,000 workers in the U.S. tech market cut in 2022. There is still plenty of good news for the overall job market. Rachel Neill, with Carex Consulting

As experts predict the U.S. economy could be heading for a recession, the barometer closely watched is layoffs. It’s a topic that is top of mind today. Layoffs in the tech sector have led […]