Inclusive Growth? The Unequal Contribution of Globalisation and Automation to Local Jobs

Inclusive Growth? The Unequal Contribution of Globalisation and Automation to Local Jobs

Photo by Remy Gieling on Unsplash Welcome to REDI-Updates. REDI-Updates is a bi-annual publication which will get behind the data and translate it into understandable terms. WM REDI staff and guest contributors will discuss various topics, with this first publication focusing on how inclusive growth can be a tool to tackle regional imbalances across the UK. In this article, Dr Raquel Ortega-Argiles and Nikolaos Terzidis discuss some of the factors behind the declining employment of low skill workers compared to high skilled workers and uneven wage growth across different skill groups.

In recent decades, employment restructuring in the industrialised […]

Autonomous vehicles will probably remain parked until 2030

Autonomous vehicles will probably remain parked until 2030

via Flickr © hillman54 (CC BY 2.0) Autonomous vehicles, along with remote surgery, used to be the standard exemplars of the wonders of 5G back in the… well just a few years ago. Remote surgery has been poo-pooed and has left the stage. But you may have noticed that the autonomous vehicle noise level has diminished recently. So where have the autonomous vehicles gone?

They appear to have parked themselves under a tarpaulin marked “Don’t remove until 2030 (or maybe longer)”.

The time when our cars will drive us rather than us drive them seems to have receded into the distance […]

MIT forecast: autonomous vehicles won’t take truckers’ jobs

MIT forecast: autonomous vehicles won’t take truckers’ jobs

Developers of self-driving cars have been making fast progress toward fully independent systems in recent months, but according to an MIT study on the impact of technology on the workforce , the drain on truck-driving jobs is not expected to be widespread in the short term.

That prognosis isn’t stopping proponents from investing in the sector. In recent weeks alone, Alabama’s Auburn University said it is building an $800,000 addition to the autonomous vehicle research facility at the school’s National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT), allowing experts to run tests indoors. And the self-driving truck provider Plus.ai announced a plan […]

Report: Wide use of self-driving vehicles ‘at least’ a decade away

Report: Wide use of self-driving vehicles ‘at least’ a decade away

Driverless vehicles will take at least ten years to deploy over large areas, and adoption will occur at different rates across the country, according to an MIT research brief .

“We expect that fully automated driving will be restricted to limited geographic regions and climates for at least the next decade,” the authors write.

The brief, released Wednesday, was published by a university task force created two years ago to examine the future of work during an “age of innovation.”As such, a significant portion of the report is dedicated to the jobs impact of autonomous deployment, an impact the authors state […]

Bavaria’s PM on transition to EVs: ‘Tesla is not bad, but others can do it, too’

Bavaria’s PM on transition to EVs: ‘Tesla is not bad, but others can do it, too’

The German auto industry and its 800,000 jobs are threatened if it can’t transition to EVs fast enough. The country’s politicians, and automotive executives, have a unified message. As Bavaria’s prime minister Markus Söder put it today: “Tesla is not bad, but others can do it too.”

The threat to German jobs from EVs was the premise of a story today from Deutsche Welle (DW), the German broadcaster. While electric-vehicle technology reduces the number of parts to be assembled — a technological advance — it’s repeatedly characterized as the destroyer of auto jobs. The shift to better technology, improved engineering, […]

How Automation Affects Labor Mobility

How Automation Affects Labor Mobility

The impact of technological and economic changes on industries has been pretty well examined over the years, not least as the impact of declining industries or employers has such a profound impact on the vitality of towns and even cities. Are communities able to regenerate, and develop new employment in place of what was often the dominant employer in the area? Do people leave the area in the search for new work? Do communities enter a terminal decline?

The threat of technological disruption has been well documented in recent years, and of course, the economic fall-out of the coronavirus pandemic […]

A New Age of Feudalism for the Working Class?

A New Age of Feudalism for the Working Class?

In the past, fears of job losses from automation were often overstated. Technological progress eliminated some jobs but created others, and often better-paying ones. In the early days of the high-tech revolution, many of the pioneering firms—such as Hewlett-Packard, Intel, and IBM—were widely praised for treating their lower-level workers as part of the company and deserving of opportunities for advancement, as well as benefits including health insurance and a pension.

The labor policies of the newer generation of tech giants tend to be vastly different. Firms like Tesla have been sued for failing to pay contract workers the legally mandated […]

COVID-19 is accelerating the pace of automation and the need for UBI

COVID-19 is accelerating the pace of automation and the need for UBI

COVID-19 is accelerating the pace of automation and the need for UBI The coronavirus crisis has acted as a catalyst for two powerful transformative forces: automation and universal basic income.

These two intertwined forces will undoubtedly gain steam, writes Frederick Kuo, and the pandemic will hasten the acceptance of them from a scale of decades to years or mere months.

This crisis has ushered in a glimpse of what a dystopian future could look like as a rapidly advancing fourth industrial revolution inevitably causes severe disruption in our economy and labor structure. The coronavirus pandemic has sent the […]

Future of work in a post-Covid world

Future of work in a post-Covid world

Apart from technologies like cloud, A.I., IoT, and Big Data, pandemic-attack driven compulsions will also influence the future of work.

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History tells us that human beings have been around for 200,000 odd years. Of these, till about 12,000 years ago, they were hunter-gatherers. Then agriculture happened and they were relieved of bothering about the basic physiological needs of hunger and shelter. This was a watershed moment in the evolution of human history, with ‘cultivation and extraction’ becoming the key economic drivers. It is about 250 years ago that the industrial revolution happened and human output efficiency got […]

Info@automation in automotive industry pdf

The fluid used is oil. automobile industry. It was a time period where the idea of cheap gas was shattered and the demand for more gas efficient cars increased. ‣ To date regulation, incumbency and cost has protected the industry from extreme disruption. The History of Robotics in the Automotive Industry. The advent of robotic process automation (RPA) was a key milestone for the development of the automotive industry. With some 169,000 people employed directly in manufacturing and 814,000 across the wider automotive industry(1). Energy efficiency, mobility and security are the main challenges facing modern society. In this year’s […]