AI is coming for the professional class. Expect outrage — and fear.

Will professionals displaced by AI find new jobs in health care? (iStock) I was born in 1973, just as the American economy was going to hell — though I cannot accept all the blame. It was the twilight of the 20th-century manufacturing boom that had almost managed to compress the whole country into one vast middle class and, for reasons beyond my control, that boom was unraveling. Inflation was headed into double digits as labor productivity began to decline, economic growth swooned, unemployment rose and manufacturing employment tipped into the final descent toward its current sub-10 percent share.

This turnaround […]

Automation Isn’t the Biggest Threat to US Factory Jobs

Automation Isn't the Biggest Threat to US Factory Jobs

For the past few decades, there has been an ongoing debate about the rise of automation in the industrial sector, and its potential impact on American manufacturing jobs. Many experts argue that as robots and AI become more advanced, they will inevitably replace many human workers on factory floors across the country. While the growing capabilities of automated systems do pose a legitimate disruption risk to some occupations, this view overlooks several important nuances regarding the true dynamics reshaping factory employment in the US. The relationship between automation and jobs is far more complex than simply machines displacing people […]

Are Robots, Machines and AI Replacing Ticos at Work?

Are Robots, Machines and AI Replacing Ticos at Work?

“The process of accelerated price increases that Costa Rica is experiencing is making automation advance faster,” said Eli Feinzaig, head of the Progressive Liberal Party faction.

The employed population in Costa Rica was reduced by more than 91 thousand jobs for the last quarter of last year compared to the same period in 2022.These are jobs that disappeared and at this moment no one knows why. Technology at fault

Entrepreneurs, economists and deputies have different hypotheses, but one of the ones that sounds the most strongly is related to the automation of services and tasks through machines, robots and […]

Futureproof: 9 Rules for Humans in the Age of Automation- Book Review

Futureproof: 9 Rules for Humans in the Age of Automation- Book Review

Futureproof: 9 Rules for Humans in the Age of Automation- Book Review

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· Follow 6 min read·6 hours ago Kevin Roose, author of Futureproof, is a columnist and podcast producer for the New York Times and best selling author of three books including Futureproof. According to The New York Times, Roose has covered technology and innovation for more than a decade and still continues to share his thoughts on the technologies that influence our lives, culture, and society (NYT, 2023).Futureproof, in simple terms, is the survival guide of living with new technologies and how to compete […]

U.S. Immigration Policy Lags behind a Globalizing World

U.S. Immigration Policy Lags behind a Globalizing World

Economic globalization has made little impact on U.S. immigration policy in recent decades. The United States has not expanded its low green card caps since 1990, and now it ranks in the bottom third of wealthy countries for its foreign‐​born share of the population.

Blaming immigrant labor force growth for sluggish wage growth is misplaced when—despite immigration—total labor force growth has continuously declined for decades.

Globalization and automation are not removing the need for immigrant workers to fill niches created by declining U.S. labor force growth. Instead, immigrants are playing pivotal roles in making trade and technological […]

Mechanical Turk workers are using AI to automate being human

Mechanical Turk workers are using AI to automate being human

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File this one under inevitable but hilarious. Mechanical Turk is a service that from its earliest days seemed to invite shenanigans, and indeed researchers show that nearly half of its “turkers” appear to be using AI to do tasks that were specifically intended to be done by humans because AI couldn’t. We’ve closed the loop on this one; great job everybody!

Amazon’s Mechanical Turk let users divide simple tasks into any number of small subtasks that take only a few seconds to do, and which pay pennies — but dedicated piecemeal workers would perform thousands […]

AI Is About to Decimate Millions of Jobs. It’s Time for Universal Basic Income | Opinion

AI Is About to Decimate Millions of Jobs. It's Time for Universal Basic Income | Opinion

For the better part of the last 15 years, I’ve worked in what some might call the "real economy." In the digital print production industry, I’ve worked in warehouses and neighborhoods that reflected the ill effects of modern economic policy. I’ve seen manufacturing hubs stripped of economic vitality, workers struggling to meet basic needs, and the growing gap between those with college degrees and those without.

Most of the workers I’ve met over the years were hard working and doing the best they could with the skills they had. They deserved to be dealt a fair economic hand in exchange […]

AI Can Replace Humans In Four Keys Industries And Leave Billions Without Jobs

AI Can Replace Humans In Four Keys Industries And Leave Billions Without Jobs

Artificial Intelligence has taken the place of many human operating tasks. According to experts, Artificial Intelligence could one day replace human workers in four key industries.

According to the news reported by CNN, Peter Bergen says that experts have speculated AI will replace humans in fields such as insurance, underwriting and manufacturing, customer service, and other areas.

In addition, Bergen has expressed his concern that AI may overtake writers. “For the past several days, I have been hearing about the AI chatbot and ChatGPT. Users of the tool claim to be able to write coherent essays and op-eds in seconds”, […]

Why Robots Are Taking Over The World – And That’s A Good Thing

Why Robots Are Taking Over The World - And That's A Good Thing

Robot Prosper Insights & Analytics Robots and automation are not "taking jobs" in this latest economic downturn but are instead doing the work that few people want to do — from weeding fields to cleaning floors to stacking boxes. And automation is helping in much more sophisticated ways as well, such as helping doctors make faster and more accurate diagnoses, or banks to spot fraud, or unsnarling supply chain logistics.

In this interview, we speak with Kevin Dunlap, managing partner at Calibrate Ventures , about the future of robotics and automation, why companies need to automate to survive bumpy economic […]

Automation Doesn’t Have to Mean Unemployment and Misery

Automation Doesn’t Have to Mean Unemployment and Misery

From the 1940s to the 1970s, much of the US intelligentsia was transfixed by the notion that technology would in short order largely eliminate manual work. (Yuichiro Chino / Getty Images) The following review of Jason Resnikoff’s Labor’s End: How the Promise of Automation Degraded Work (University of Illinois Press, 2021) is reproduced from our sister publication Catalyst Review , which features weekly commentary on important scholarly work. The threat that automation is in the process of destroying large numbers of jobs has been much discussed recently. Sober think tanks such as the Brookings Institution and the McKinsey Global […]