We Must Restore the Dignity of Work. All Work.

We Must Restore the Dignity of Work. All Work.

A McDonald’s employee prepares an order. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) The value and dignity of work—any work—used to be one of the core principles of conservative and Republican thinking. It drove the welfare reform push in the 1990s, and the support for the Earned Income Tax Credit in the present day. It is why people on the right work so hard to remove barriers to work like occupational licensing or required union membership so that opportunity does not remain out of reach for the poorer and more unfortunate. Work, to the mind of the conservative, possesses an intrinsic […]

Robots and us

Robots and us

Photo: Getty Images The robots are not at the gates and the future of work could be great, Kinley Salmon says. So why are others not so chipper? And what does Trump, Kaitangata and the demise of the middle class have to do with how we will live when automation takes over? Bruce Munro investigates.

In late-June, 1970, as Joyce Kempton stood in the fading light at the Balclutha bus stop waiting for her fiance, Sid Beck, to pick her up in his Mark II Zephyr, she was acutely aware of the air of concern pervading her hometown, Kaitangata.

Joyce […]

Globalism v Nationalism: Do we protect the worker or the product?

Globalism v Nationalism: Do we protect the worker or the product?

With globalised wealth where it is, I’m unsure the route of globalism we’re taking cannot continue. With that being said, returning the power totally back to the worker is not the solution either.

Trade has always existed; it’s done through every possible format and method, by water, land or air. It’s part of how we grow and prosper.

The first globalising influences were the European empires, which stretched their trade empires from one side of the planet to the other. Through these, the empires were able to start influencing markets and economic conditions from the other side of the […]

Tax code should not make hiring robots more affordable than people

Tax code should not make hiring robots more affordable than people

1of9Toyota’s basketball robot Cue 3 demonstrates Monday, April 1, 2019 at a gymnasium in Fuchu, Tokyo. The 207-centimeter (six-foot-10) -tall machine made five of eight three-pointer shots in a demonstration in a Tokyo suburb Monday, a ratio its engineers say is worse than usual. Toyota Motor Corp.’s robot, called Cue 3, computes as a three-dimensional image where the basket is, using sensors on its torso, and adjusts motors inside its arm and knees to give the shot the right angle and propulsion for a swish.(AP Photo/Yuri Kageyama)Photo: Yuri Kageyama, STF / Associated Press Walmart and Kroger are deploying robots […]

Editorial: Too many can’t afford to buy healthy food

It has been known for some time that certain foods are linked to ailments such as heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and a variety of cancers. Red meat, processed meat and products high in saturated fat such as cream top the list.

With this in mind, Health Canada has issued a new Food Guide, which places more emphasis on fruit, vegetables and whole grains.

The problem is that half of the working-class families in our country say they either cannot afford such a diet or would find it a struggle. And their concern is understandable.The price of vegetables is forecast to […]

A Declining Population is a Supreme Asset in The Age of AI, Robotics And Automation

A Declining Population is a Supreme Asset in The Age of AI, Robotics And Automation

A slew of articles from western outlets as well as the Hong Kong based anti-Beijing South China Morning Post have suggested that as China’s population is set to contract, this will have a negative impact on the economy. Ironically, this comes at a time when US Presidential candidate Andrew Yang is proposing a new economic model to deal with the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and increased automation that will render many human jobs redundant sooner rather than later. As China is already a global leader in AI, China’s history of managing once uncontrollable population growth has led the […]

For a Denla School vet, everything’s academic

For a Denla School vet, everything's academic

Former lecturer Temyos Pandejpong is helping his family manage the education empire that began in his own childhood home. Though he enjoyed his time in America, Mr Temyos says he has no regrets about coming back to Thailand to help his family run schools. Not many educators can say they spent their whole life devoted to education. Temyos Pandejpong grew up with education not only at the centre of his life, but as the entirety of his surroundings.

As a child he lived in the school his family ran, the Denla Kindergarten on Phetkasem Road. The youngest of three siblings, […]

John Oliver’s Segment on Jobs and Automation Doesn’t Quite Get It Right

John Oliver’s Segment on Jobs and Automation Doesn’t Quite Get It Right

Photo via Wikimedia Commons The popular HBO host makes some good points, but there’s more to the story.

John Oliver tackles some wonky issues on his HBO show, Last Week Tonight. Sunday’s episode was no exception, as he examined a topic very dear to our hearts: Automation.

And Oliver’s bit certainly garnered a lot of attention, with more than 4.3 million views on the show’s YouTube channel alone. But unfortunately, Oliver didn’t quite get it right — and given the host’s incredible reach, it’s important we clarify a few things (even if my seven Twitter followers don’t have quite the same […]

Designed by Apple, built by robots

Designed by Apple, built by robots

Apple’s 13 th Annual Supplier Responsibility Report reveals a huge amount of interesting insights into how the company works, but perhaps some of the most revealing hints are those suggesting the fast-growing importance of robotics across its supply chain. Designed by Apple, built by robots

I took a birds-eye view through Apple’s report and noticed the following : “744 supplier employees earned a certification in assembly line robotics in 2018.

203 Supplier Employee Education and Development (SEED) program participants now hold advanced robotics positions at supplier facilities.” These two nuggets of data are revealed in part of the […]

Call $15 minimum wage what it is: the robot full employment act

Call $15 minimum wage what it is: the robot full employment act

The Cloud Pepper robot, which can speak multiple languages, appears at a tech conference in Barcelona on Monday. (Getty Images) Thirty-plus years ago, I became (nerd alert) fascinated with economics and read up on libertarian-conservatives like Milton Friedman and Thomas Sowell and liberals like John Kenneth Galbraith and Paul Samuelson. It was captivating to see how they marshaled seemingly powerful evidence for and against policy proposals, only starting with whether heavy government spending could spur growth of the economy. I would read academics on one side and think of course they’re right, then read the other side and reach […]