The AI gig economy is coming for you

The AI gig economy is coming for you

Mary Gray On Wednesday, the Guardian published an article about the realities of producing Google Assistant. Behind the “magic” of its ability to interpret 26 languages is a huge team of linguists, working as subcontractors, who must tediously label the training data for it to work. They earn low wages and are routinely forced to work unpaid overtime. Their concerns over working conditions have been repeatedly dismissed.

It’s just one story among dozens that have begun to peel back the curtain on how the artificial-intelligence industry operates. Human workers don’t just label the data that makes AI work. Sometimes humans […]

Automation isn’t about giving in to the robots

Automation isn’t about giving in to the robots

Future workplaces still need those high skill jobs credentials to make it happen Image Credit: Hugo A. Sanchez/©Gulf News We’ve all heard the warnings of an impending dystopian future.

According to Deloitte, an estimated 35 per cent of UK jobs are at high risk of automation in the next 10 to 20 years, while in the past 15 years technology already contributed to the loss of over 800,000 jobs. Market research firm Forrester predicts 6 per cent of US jobs will be lost to robots and automation by 2021, with the main losses being felt in transportation, logistics, customer services, […]

Facing The Unknown Future Of Work As AI Changes The Rules Of Business

Facing The Unknown Future Of Work As AI Changes The Rules Of Business

Even as we read about the first layoffs blamed at least in part on automation, there is still cause for optimism. While easily automated jobs may fall by the wayside, it’s important to remember that new jobs managing and leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) technology are being created.

Titles like edge computing release manager, edge stream researcher and AI analytics executive did not exist until very recently. Earlier this year, I hired a vice president of AI and robotic process automation. How many of us thought even ten years ago that a role like this would be so central for business […]

Listen, RBA, to Money Morning Readers

Listen, RBA, to Money Morning Readers

There you have it…

Last week, we found out why ScoMo defeated the Bill Australia couldn’t afford.

Voters went with the Liberals for economic reasons.In a JWS Research survey of 1,000 voters, 39% of them said economic issues were a key factor for their vote.One Morrison voter later said, ‘ Bill Shorten is no prime minister. ’‘ He would have sent us broke. He had no clue what climate change would cost or how long to charge an electric car. He looked incompetent. ’While I agree with the passionate voter, I’m not so sure Morrison had — or has — much […]

The robo-apocalypse won’t be in your lifetime

The robo-apocalypse won't be in your lifetime

Berkeley

WILL the imminent "rise of the robots" threaten all future human employment? The most thoughtful discussion of that question can be found in Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) economist David H Autor’s 2015 paper, Why Are There Still so Many Jobs?, which considers the problem in the context of Polanyi’s Paradox.

Given that "we can know more than we can tell", the 20th-century philosopher Michael Polanyi observed, we should not assume that technology can replicate the function of human knowledge itself. Just because a computer can know everything there is to know about a car does not mean that it […]

Architects of the future required – apply within

Whether the market (or country) is ready for it or not, the fourth industrial revolution is here and the pace at which technology is moving is astonishing. And according to Greg de Chasteauneuf, chief technology officer (CTO) for Saicom, software developers are the architects of the future.

By Greg de Chasteauneuf, chief technology officer at Saicom

But why does that matter to South African businesses?According to Ekanekt Recruitment, the most high-in-demand skill and one of the most difficult to secure is software developers. And the increase in skilled resources leaving the country, especially in the 25 – 35 year age group, […]

Robo-Apocalypse? Not in Your Lifetime

Robo-Apocalypse? Not in Your Lifetime

Getty Images Not a week goes by without some new report, book, or commentary sounding the alarm about technological unemployment and the "future of work." Yet in considering the threat posed by automation at most levels of the value chain, we should remember that robots cannot do what humans cannot tell them to do.

BERKELEY – Will the imminent “rise of the robots” threaten all future human employment? The most thoughtful discussion of that question can be found in MIT economist David H. Autor’s 2015 paper , “Why Are There Still so Many Jobs?”, which considers the problem in the […]

Meet the secret ‘ghost workers’ paid to keep the internet safe

Meet the secret ‘ghost workers’ paid to keep the internet safe

Enlarge Image Ghost workers are meant to make consumers believe in the autonomous intelligence of robots, when really there’s a human workforce behind the cogs and gears. Kala, a 43-year-old mother of two, sits alone at her home office, in the corner of a tiny bedroom, and studies her laptop screen, trying to determine if what she’s reading is offensive.

Her part-time job, which she picked up as a way to feel “fruitful” between making meals and helping her kids with their homework, involves “content moderation.” As an independent contractor for UHRS, an outsourcing company run by Microsoft, she spends […]

How AI Could Help — Or Hinder — Women in the Workforce

How AI Could Help — Or Hinder — Women in the Workforce

Jacob Lund/ Shutterstock My clients often ask me if the proliferation of AI will help or hurt women in the workplace. The potential impact is significant—and if we do not act now , women will bear the brunt of the negative effects. First, employment: According to the IMF, 11% of women’s jobs are at risk of elimination from AI—a higher percentage than for jobs currently held by men. But reskilling and upskilling can flip the odds and offer new opportunities for women. Additionally, AI could widen the gender gap in the leadership pipeline. While 56% of university graduates are […]

Retailers play down job threats in stores from AI and automation

Retailers play down job threats in stores from AI and automation

Major retailers played down the threat to job in stores from artificial intelligence (AI) and automation on Thursday, Reuters reported . Several global retailers pledged more training to help staff adopt more high-value tasks as machines take over their work.

Retail is one of the largest job creators in developed economies stepping up employment opportunities. Experts predicted automation puts millions of low-skilled jobs in the sector at risk, particularly as the introduction of self-checkouts makes cashiers redundant.

“Technology can liberate people from repetitive tasks,” Barbara Martin Coppola, chief digital officer at Swedish furniture giant IKEA, told Reuters on the sidelines of […]