World Cotton Day Highlights Global Importance of the Commodity

World Cotton Day Highlights Global Importance of the Commodity

The inaugural World Cotton Day was held at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva last week to showcase the significant global impact that cotton production has on economies of all types. The event also offered an opportunity for industry stakeholders to build relationships and address the types of challenges that cotton producers are facing on an international level. “Cotton is more than just a fibre used to make clothes we all wear. It is more than just a source of edible oil,” said WTO Director-General Robert Azevêdo. “Cotton is a truly global commodity. It is grown in over […]

Automation to Hit Black Workers Harder Than Other Groups by 2030

Automation to Hit Black Workers Harder Than Other Groups by 2030

SHENYANG, CHINA – AUGUST 27: An automated robot production line is seen at a digital workshop of SIASUN Robot & Automation Co., Ltd., which is belonging to Chinese Academy of Science (CAS), on August 27, 2019 in Shenyang, Liaoning Province of China. (Photo by Yu Haiyang/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images) *A new report from McKinsey & Co. suggests Black Americans will hit the hardest as automation upends the workforce, and hundreds of thousands will be unemployed by 2013.

“By 2030, the employment outlook for African Americans — particularly men, younger workers (ages 18–35), and those without a college degree […]

Trump Should Focus on Warren, not Biden

Trump Should Focus on Warren, not Biden

President Donald Trump appears obsessed about getting something on former Vice President Joe Biden. Should he survive impeachment, however Sen. Elizabeth Warren is the opponent he should be worried about most.

Surging in the polls, the Massachusetts Democrat best speaks to the trials of Americans who came of age in this century and educated women – groups whose voting numbers are growing.

Much as Trump tapped displaced blue-collar workers and their offspring in smaller cities and rural areas often dependent on manufacturing -a cohort receding in importance as many skill-up and migrate to metropoles offering better job opportunities.That new economy-so often […]

Workforce Automation Exacerbates The Racial Wealth Gap

Workforce Automation Exacerbates The Racial Wealth Gap

null Getty For generations of workers displacement has been a normal albeit unequal process, now technology is adding another layer to the mix. Workplace automation presents the larger society with a conundrum, as A.I. is set to upend companies, leaving African Americans especially vulnerable. Nearly 4.5 million African Americans in the next 10 years could lose their jobs due to automaton. Is it possible this business impediment will lead to more income inequality and is there anything that can be done about it?

The Breakdown You Need to Know: In a new report from McKinsey focused on the impact […]

Andrew Yang: “We Automated Away Four Million Manufacturing Jobs”

Andrew Yang:

It’s encouraging to see a smart young candidate for president talking about automation as a threat to the US economy and American jobs. The 2016 election was lacking any such discussion: the tech community was aware, but Washington lagged behind, as usual.

The formula is simple: when a machine become less expensive than a worker, then the human will go. And unlike the Great Depression, the jobs won’t come back.

Among the first jobs to go are the low-skilled sort, the employment that illegal border crossers count on getting in America. It’s likely that automation-caused unemployment would be higher without President […]

Is the city’s workforce prepared for the future?

Is the city's workforce prepared for the future?

New York’s economy is in flux. The past decade has seen a continued decline in manufacturing employment and uncertainty in the retail sector, combined with strong job growth in hospitality, health care , construction and tech . The questions are whether public and private institutions have adjusted to these changes, and whether city residents have the skills that fit the positions the economy is creating.

"The rapidly transforming labor market of the 21st century is making obsolete traditional ways of training and educating," the Center for an Urban Future, a leading think tank, warned in a 2016 report. Of particular […]

Is Artificial Intelligence good?

Is Artificial Intelligence good?

You’ve read it in the papers. You’ve experienced it in life. Machines are taking over.

And they are doing it fast. Siri turned 9 on October 4 (go ahead, ask her if you don’t believe me). Tesla’s first Autopilot program is also 9. And Alexa is less than 5 years old.

Despite the fact that these AI-powered technologies haven’t graduated past their first decade, they seem to be running our lives. And they are apparently doing it better than we can. Just a few weeks ago, research came out explaining that Artificial intelligence was now at par with human experts when […]

Report: These jobs are dying fast, lost to automation

Report: These jobs are dying fast, lost to automation

If you’re a motion picture projectionist in California your days on the job are likely numbered, soon to be gobbled up by automation.

A new report using Bureau of Labor Statistics data ranks the job as the state’s fastest declining occupation, falling 90% between 2009 and 2018 to 160 employees in 2018 compared with 1,530 in 2009. That’s 1,370 jobs lost, and the automation probability for that position is 97%, according to the study from Commercial Cafe .

Automation is eroding or seriously threatening an increasing number of jobs throughout the nation. In the case of motion picture projectionists, the dichotomy […]

Report: These jobs are dying fast, lost to automation

Report: These jobs are dying fast, lost to automation

A new report from Commercial Cafe ranks motion picture projectionist as California’s fastest declining occupation. The study notes a 90% decline between 2009 and 2018. If you’re a motion picture projectionist in California your days on the job are likely numbered, soon to be gobbled up by automation.

A new report using Bureau of Labor Statistics data ranks the job as the state’s fastest declining occupation, falling 90% between 2009 and 2018 to 160 employees in 2018 compared with 1,530 in 2009. That’s 1,370 jobs lost, and the automation probability for that position is 97%, according to the study from […]

Anti-Technology Backlash: What’s Real? What’s Myth?

Anti-Technology Backlash: What’s Real? What’s Myth?

Is the public turning against robots? Are employees who fear for their jobs vandalizing them? Some anti-robot incidents have been reported in recent years: Take hitchBOT, a “hitchhiking robot”: It was fun but it was vandalized in 2015: As you probably know by now, HitchBot—a device made of pool noodles, rubber gloves, a bucket, and the computer power needed to talk, smile, and tweet—was deliberately decapitated and dismembered this week, only 300 miles into its hitchhiking journey across the United States. HitchBot had successfully made similar journeys across the Netherlands, Germany, and Canada, relying on bemused strangers for transportation. […]