I, robot

I, robot

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 […]

What Happened to Weirton? Part 5: Moving Forward

What Happened to Weirton? Part 5: Moving Forward

A crowd of attendees at the Festival of Nations at the Millsop Community Center in Weirton If someone had a crystal ball, they could tell you exactly what the future holds for Weirton. Sadly, there are no magic tools to make this a short story. But, with a bit of help from the gift of gab, I’ll tell you about the current trajectory of the area.

As it’s already been established, Weirton Steel offered a seemingly unbreakable backbone of employment, high wages, and community identity to the city and the nearby stretch of the Ohio Valley. The mill helped Weirton […]

Axios Future

Axios Future

Welcome to a special edition of Future. Six years ago, two little-known researchers from Oxford University came out with a startling and controversial paper : By their calculations, 47% of American jobs were vulnerable to automation. With their frightening outlook, Carl Frey and Michael Osborne ignited everything from robot hysteria to outraged denunciation, the latest in a cycle of visceral emotion that has accompanied every wave of new technology since before the Industrial Revolution.

Frey’s new book: " The Technology Trap: Capital, Labor, and Power in the Age of Automation " pivots off of the now-famous 2013 paper to […]

‘Cruel changes’ ahead as automation comes for employment, Forrester says

'Cruel changes' ahead as automation comes for employment, Forrester says

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By 2030, automation will cut jobs by 29% while contributing as little as 13% to job creation, according to Forrester’s Future of Work report .

Automation will disproportionately impact digital laggards because non-digital workers will be unable to upskill at the rapid pace of change, according to the report. Companies already have a portfolio of intelligent technologies used for automation, though right now the use cases are fragmented and small. Eventually automation will stretch further into new use cases, risks and rewards, according to the report. Designed for 60-second consumption, the CIO Dive newsletter […]

Economists Predict the Automation Takeover Will Be Bleak

Economists Predict the Automation Takeover Will Be Bleak

Close this ad Economists have long waved off the concern that robots are coming for jobs by reassuring those in white collar positions that the takeover will only involve blue collar jobs. As artificial intelligence becomes more sophisticated, however, they are able to perform tasks that are still rather mundane but require some sort of cognitive function. This means that the jobs many experts promised to be safe, are now at risk, The Guardian reports, and lower-income areas will be the most vulnerable.

In fact, high-end consultancy Oxford Economics wrote a report titled How Robots Change the World in which […]

Automation and Robotics: Manufacturing Tomorrow

Automation and Robotics: Manufacturing Tomorrow

The process of training robots through virtual reality is referred to as imitation learning. Robots can easily mimic the human, guided by machine learning algorithms.

FREMONT, CA: Industrial robotics is a gigantic industry and is radically changing since its introduction. Industrial robots perform diverse motions and can be controlled to do different functions, such as transportation, assembly, searching, inspection, and targeting. The industrial robots mainly consist of six fundamental elements including, dynamic system, end-of-arm tool, actuators, sensors, controllers, and feedback devices.

Robotics has been employed in a wide range of sectors with a high social and economic impact in […]

Lure of the long-shot

Lure of the long-shot

A few days ago, the Washington Post ran a feature cleverly titled “Random Man Runs for President” quite literally describing Andrew Yang, one of the 20-something candidates running for the Presidential Elections of the United States in 2020—against one Donald Trump. Except he isn’t random anymore. His campaign is powered by young, neoliberal-leaning, meme-ready, predominantly online supporters calling themselves the ‘yang gang’. Pitching himself as the data guy, Yang hails modest success in business. Like Trump, he is an outsider but unlike him, he comes with no baggage, or public notoriety. And though his candidacy is a long-shot, in […]

The Future Of Work: 5 Important Ways Jobs Will Change In The 4th Industrial Revolution

The Future Of Work: 5 Important Ways Jobs Will Change In The 4th Industrial Revolution

In many respects, the future of work is already here. Amid the headlines exclaiming the predicted loss of jobs due to automation and other changes brought by artificial intelligence (AI) , machine learning and autonomous systems, it’s clear that the way we work and live is transforming. This evolution can be unnerving. Since we know change is inevitable, let’s look at how work will likely change and some ideas for how to prepare for it. The Future Of Work: 5 Important Ways Jobs Will Change In The 4th Industrial Revolution Adobe Stock 5 Ways Work Will Change in the […]

In the future, will acquiring relevant skills matter more than earning a degree?

In the future, will acquiring relevant skills matter more than earning a degree?

There is much debate over whether the acquisition of skills will be more important than a degree in the future. Source: Unsplash There has been alot of talk about the need for graduates to acquire certain ‘soft skills’ if they are to survive in a future fueled by technologies such as automation and robotics.

These include critical thinking, collaborative thinking, innovation, relationship-building, communication, and more.

This has prompted discussions over whether college degrees will even be relevant for the next generation. An article by BigThink speculated that the traditional university setting will eventually become extinct.“With antiquated systems still in place, a […]

‘The Technology Trap’ as Companion to ‘Robot-Proof’

'The Technology Trap' as Companion to 'Robot-Proof’

The Technology Trap: Capital, Labor, and Power in the Age of Automation by Carl Benedikt Frey

Published in June of 2019.

What recently published nonfiction book should a higher ed person read, if they only have time to read one book in 2019?A book that is not about higher ed, but is essential for higher ed?This was a question one of my smartest – and crazy busiest – colleagues asked me a few weeks ago. I might have an answer. The Technology Trap is written by one of the authors of a 2013 study that found that 47 […]