Robots to the fore – Key insights for New Zealand Business into RPA in 2019

Robots to the fore – Key insights for New Zealand Business into RPA in 2019

50 million tonnes of e-waste: IT faces sustainability challenges Vocus & Vodafone unbundle NZ’s fibre network Article by Quanton founder & MD, Garry Green

Humans and robots will be forging stronger ties this year as Robotic Process Automation (RPA) – a digital transformation technology which deploys software robots to perform repetitive mundane tasks, in effect creating a virtual workforce of software robots and freeing employees up to do more complex, value adding jobs – moves further into the Kiwi business landscape. Garry Green, Founder/MD for Quanton, offers 4 insights into the market.

AI meets RPA for intelligent automation – […]

Industry 4.0 and the changing job landscape

Industry 4.0 and the changing job landscape

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A proactive approach to the changing business environment will benefit organisations and adapt to the change. Organisations in general, and HR departments in particular, will need to re-examine the way resources are deployed, and potentially invest in new skills for jobs that currently do not exist. Picture: Shutterstock The world as we know it is on the brink of a revolution, driven by emerging technologies that are set to fundamentally alter our lives in unprecedented and unanticipated ways. This shift to Industry 4.0, also known as the fourth Industrial Revolution, hinges off the increasing pervasiveness of digitisation.

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Thinking outside the bot: Automation and the future of employment

Thinking outside the bot: Automation and the future of employment

It’s always intriguing to consider what we would tell our younger selves if we could travel back in time, and offer decades of experience and directional guidance that might change our trajectory in life. After providing some investment advice and a much-needed dating and personal grooming tip or two, I’d probably encourage my college-age self to pay a bit more attention to my studies outside technology and business.

As I look back over my career, beyond general concepts, I’ve used almost nothing from my dozens of programming and technical classes, yet I’m surprisingly confronting questions that draw on everything from […]

Chicago alderman wants ‘robot tax’

Chicago alderman wants ‘robot tax’

Chicago alderman wants ‘robot tax’

As Amazon considers pulling its HQ2 out of New York City, Chicago is considering imposing a “robot tax” on companies looking to automate their way around high labor costs.

Chicago would impose a “robot tax” on companies as a penalty for automating, under a proposal that may soon get a hearing in the City Council.Ald. Ameya Pawar, 47th Ward, announced Feb. 11 his intention to introduce a pair of “Amazon protection ordinances” before his self-imposed final term ends in May, according to the Chicago Sun-Times .The proposals would include a steep fine – a “robot […]

We can choose how automation will change society

We can choose how automation will change society

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Workers should have a say in the future of their jobs Close What will the future of work look like? It is a question that is being asked by many people — not just by economists, but by political scientists, labor organizers and everyday people alike. The reason for the popularity of this question has to do in part with what we see happening to labor in the marketplace. Go to a Walmart around here and you will find multiple self-checkout kiosks where you input the items you want to purchase through a scanner instead of employees scanning […]

Robots might take over CEE jobs, but what does this mean for the future of employment?

Robots might take over CEE jobs, but what does this mean for the future of employment?

Workplace automation meets brain drain and ageing populations: In Eastern Europe, the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ will fundamentally transform job markets in the future – yet studies suggest that the effects may have surprisingly positive effects.

Brain Drain: It’s a term that has taken some momentum across a number of countries as officials consider how to retain young talent within their countries.

From fearing that Brexit might send talent running for the bright job markets and open borders of the European Union, to employers reportedly being forced to hike up wages in Eastern Europe as a last-ditch attempt to retain staff, it’s […]

The Great Myth of the AI Skills Gap

The Great Myth of the AI Skills Gap

One of the most contentious debates in technology is around the question of automation and jobs . At issue is whether advances in automation, specifically with regards to artificial intelligence and robotics, will spell trouble for today’s workers. This debate is played out in the media daily, and passions run deep on both sides of the issue. In the past, however, automation has created jobs and increased real wages.

A widespread concern with the current scenario is that the workers most likely to be displaced by technology lack the skills needed to do the new jobs that same technology will […]

Emerging Tech Divides Workforce

Emerging Tech Divides Workforce

Technology is spreading throughout the workforce, leaving many people without jobs. Getty Images967522166 Companies are adopting emerging technologies wildly throughout the industry, but for Arizona, it is hard to ignore how much it is growing.

Intel’s $7 billion chip plant is going up in Chandler and Axon is bringing talent from Silicon Valley to Scottsdale to keep up with growing demand. Meanwhile, startups are also flocking to the area as well, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Even though innovation is taking place throughout the state, the vast majority jobs are still in workaday service industries, such as health care, hospitality, retail […]

Everyone is ignoring the most interesting result from Finland’s basic income experiment

Everyone is ignoring the most interesting result from Finland's basic income experiment

© lovelyday12/Shutterstock Giving out money revealed something that flew in the face of a common American philosophy.

Finland recently came out with preliminary results for its universal basic income experiment, and everyone’s talking about them. I’ve been waiting for people to bring up a certain insight found in this study, but as far as I’ve seen, no one has.

The Finnish government gave 2,000 unemployed people each a check for 560 euros a month. The Finns weren’t just being nice: the government wanted to see if giving unemployed people monthly checks, regardless of employment (universal basic income) would make […]

Automation and Jobs: When Technology Boosts Employment

47 Pages Posted: 18 Mar 2017 Last revised: 28 Mar 2018 Abstract

Do industries shed jobs when they adopt new labor-saving technologies? Sometimes productivity-enhancing technology increases industry employment instead. In manufacturing, jobs grew along with productivity for a century or more; only later did productivity gains bring declining employment. What changed? Markets became saturated. While the literature on structural change provides reasons for the decline in the manufacturing share of employment, few papers can explain both the rise and subsequent fall. Using two centuries of data, a simple model of demand accurately explains the rise and fall of employment […]