Automation: As machines and systems do more and more of the work, how will we adapt to that reality?

Automation: As machines and systems do more and more of the work, how will we adapt to that reality?

On a global scale jobs are becoming increasingly outsourced to developing countries for their cheap labor, and while there is absolutely a conversation to be had on the humanitarian issue of exploitation, I’d like to focus on jobs themselves. More specifically, how technological leaps and automation have affected the job market, and what that means for the future of the world.

Globalization has definitely played a huge role in the restructuring of the world economy, but many of the industries that once dominated domestic employment are seemingly non-existent In the entities that currently exist in these industries, the type of […]

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 – […]

Robotic Process Automation Aims To Shake Up Various Industries

Robotic Process Automation Aims To Shake Up Various Industries

Created by me using Adobe Illustrator. Maciej DUraj Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is allowing businesses to automate certain mundane tasks and business processes with the aid of machine learning algorithms and robotics. The way it works is that computer software or a robot can watch the way employees interact with a GUI and later emulate these actions in an automated process.

There are clear advantages of this approach and many CIOs are jumping on the bandwagon and implementing RPA in their companies workflows. For one, robots can always be on and do not need to leave the office or sleep. […]

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 […]

Super Bowl Ads Suggest Unwarranted Fear of Emerging Technologies

Sunday’s Super Bowl ads showcased many emerging technologies , including artificial intelligence (AI) and robots. The Pringles ad featured a speaker reminiscent of Amazon’s Alexa, and showed that while a digital assistant may accurately list flavor combinations, it cannot actually physically taste the chips. Michelob Ultra narrated the story of an athletic robot that can golf, bike run, but can’t drink alcohol. TurboTax ’s ad showed a robot child saying it wanted to be a TurboTax CPA when it grows up, but a woman rejects that dream and says, “all TurboTax Live CPAs are human beings with real emotions. […]

Tech is splitting workforce in two

Tech is splitting workforce in two

1of3Abhijit Majumdar, AI/vision developer at Plus One Robotics, demonstrates the PickOne, a Swiss-made robot that sorts out cluttered packages, which uses software developed by Plus One.Photo: Bob Owen / Hearst Newspapers It’s hard to miss the dogged technological ambition pervading the sprawling desert metropolis of Phoenix.

There’s Intel’s $7 billion, 7-nanometer chip plant going up in Chandler. In Scottsdale, Axon, the maker of the Taser, is hungrily snatching talent from Silicon Valley as it embraces automation to keep up with growing demand. Startups in fields as varied as autonomous drones and blockchain are flocking to the area, drawn in large […]

Column: Is gig the next big thing?

Column: Is gig the next big thing?

The world of work is undergoing a radical shift, thanks to automation and artificial intelligence. More than 2,000 people are expected to hear from dozens of diplomats, professors, military professionals and journalists on 31 panels at this year’s St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs. [File photo from 2018 conference by Denis Thuin] Editor’s note: The author will speak at the St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs, which runs Tuesday night through Friday. Click for more details .

By Ann M. Morrison

Special to the Tampa Bay TimesMy brother-in-law is an Uber driver in Springfield, Ill. My nephew uses specialized software to […]

Are robots coming for your job? Maybe

Are robots coming for your job? Maybe

Meghan Escalante works among several automated robotic arms at Continental’s Seguin manufacturing plant. Will a robot take your job? Maybe.

San Antonio is at “high risk” of losing one of every four jobs to automation in the near future, according to a recent report by the Brookings Institution.

While that figure might seem alarming, the Alamo City is “middling, if not relatively unexposed, to major shocks from automation,” said Jacob Whiton, a senior research assistant at the Washington think tank and co-author of the report.The most vulnerable jobs are the ones in which 70 percent of the tasks could potentially be […]

Threat of automation varies greatly by location, occupation, education

Is a robot coming for your job?

A new study by the Brookings Institution suggests that intelligent machines may well take over many more tasks from humans in the future. But it forecasts dramatic differences among cities, occupations, ethnic and racial groups, educational levels and age groups.

"California turns out to have super-stark variations — regions with both the highest and lowest exposures to disruption," said Mark Muro, director of Brookings’ Metropolitan Policy Program and author of the report along with researchers Robert Maxim and Jacob Whiton.The Brookings study comes as a slew of academic and policy group papers have sought […]

Reimagining The World Of Work

Reimagining The World Of Work

Innovations like AI and robotic automation are radically changing the workplace. But they are also changing the nature of work itself for the next generation. Having worked for one of Australia’s largest banks for more than 20 years, Eddy Ku, at 43, suddenly found himself out of a job last December. His position as innovation lead had been eliminated. To help him transition to new work, the bank paid for him to use Transition Hub in Sydney, where formerly employed people from different walks of life—whether ex-bankers, athletes or military personnel—come together to “reset” and build skills to adapt […]