The robots are coming…to create jobs and opportunities

The robots are coming...to create jobs and opportunities

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GILLIAN DOCHERTY

It may be an unsettling thought for many business owners to imagine that in a few years’ time, their workforce could look completely different, with a host of, as yet, unidentified new skills required to run operations – many of which their current workforce will not possess.The proposition that a significant proportion of the jobs available right now will no longer be required in ten or twenty years is not unique to any one industry.Indeed, such is the time we’re living in that there are even handy online tools which, with the click of a button, can […]

Jostled by robots and new job-seekers, auto workers have to accept their insecure fate

Jostled by robots and new job-seekers, auto workers have to accept their insecure fate

BRAKES ON JOBS: With production slowing across the auto industry, temporary workers are the first to go It’s mid-afternoon in Gurgaon. Lines of uniformed men are streaming into the Maruti plant, from nearby Mullahera village where they live, several to a cramped room. The colour of their uniform marks their status — permanent, casual, temporary (hired for six months at a time), and apprentice. While they all do similar work in various parts of the factory, this status makes all the difference to their income, security and prospects.
With production slowing across the auto industry , temporary workers […]

The robots are coming — but take a breath

The robots are coming — but take a breath

While automation and robots will displace millions of jobs, it’ll most likely create millions more.

Our current round of technological unemployment might just be a transitionary phase.

The fear of automation has been around for decades. Automation, and the rise of robots with superior AI promises to bring about a new era of industry and civilization. Our wildest sci-fi dreams could be realized within the century. Yet, the clamor and hoopla surrounding the topic has been overwhelmingly pessimistic – bordering on neo-luddism at times. That is, the fear is that advancements in automation, artificial intelligence and robotics will […]

What’s Worse Than Being Replaced By a Robot?

What's Worse Than Being Replaced By a Robot?

Conversations around artificial intelligence and automation tend toward the apocalyptic. In January, the Brookings Institution reported that more than 35 million Americans hold jobs with "high exposure" to automation. These vulnerable professionals – occupying roles in production, food service, and transportation – could already see at least 70% of their day-to-day tasks replicated by a machine. It’s clear that these machines will soon graduate from replicating tasks to replicating entire jobs, even mechanizing entire industries. The report anticipates this massive shift and concludes with a call to action. To "mitigate coming stresses," it reads, organizations will need to pursue […]

Multi-Disciplinary Education In The 4IR Era

Multi-Disciplinary Education In The 4IR Era

There is an adage that states “if you want to know the future of a nation, study the behavior of its teachers”.

The most potent force for political, economic and social progress in society is education. The measure of how great a nation will rise is determined by how many people in its population are educated. The African continent today has a total purchasing power parity gross domestic product (GDP) of $6.7 trillion, and a population of 1.2 billion people.

According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in 2016, sub-Saharan Africa had a literacy rate of 76% […]

Replaced by a robot? Workers less upset about machines taking over

Replaced by a robot? Workers less upset about machines taking over

Would you rather be replaced by a machine – or by another human? A university study delivers surprising results Would you rather be replaced by a machine – or by another human?

In the changing world of work, employees are said to feel more threatened by fellow humans taking over their jobs than by robots displacing them, according to a recent study published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour.

While people generally view artificial intelligence and automation as a threat to employment, they tend to feel less upset about a robotic/AI takeover when their own jobs are on the line, said […]

Study: Humans Less Upset at Being Replaced by Robots Than by People

Study: Humans Less Upset at Being Replaced by Robots Than by People

While the debate over whether robots and automation will threaten workers’ jobs continues, a new study by the Technical University of Munich and Erasmus University in Rotterdam suggest that people would rather be displaced through automation than by another person.

As part of a study to see how workers would be react to being replaced through technology, business researchers at the universities tested various scenarios with more than 2,000 people from several countries in Europe and North America through 11 experimental studies. Christoph Fuchs The results, published in the Nature Human Behaviour journal , showed that in principle, most people […]

Employees less upset at being replaced by robots than by people

Employees less upset at being replaced by robots than by people

Generally speaking, most people find the idea of workers being replaced by robots or software worse than if the jobs are taken over by other workers. But when their own jobs are at stake, people would rather be displaced through automation than by another person. That is the conclusion of a study by the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Erasmus University in Rotterdam.

Over the coming decades, millions of jobs will be threatened by robotics and artificial intelligence. Despite intensive academic debate on these developments, there has been little study on how workers react to being replaced through technology.

To […]

Today’s BattleBot Competitor, Tomorrow’s Engineer

Today’s BattleBot Competitor, Tomorrow’s Engineer

By Hunter Chase, Reporter

A 250-pound machine created purely for destruction may sound like something from a science fiction movie, but it’s reality for five students from Palos Verdes. They designed and built a robot with solid steel armor that spins three blades at 200 miles an hour. Rancho Palos Verdes residents Sean Stassi and Trevor Heise were featured in the third season of BattleBots , a fighting robot reality series.

The show consists of robots competing in three-minute one-on-one bouts with the goal of destroying or disabling the opponent. If there is no knockout during the battle, a panel […]

FACE IT: Jobs, Part 3 – The Possible Solutions

FACE IT: Jobs, Part 3 – The Possible Solutions

Clockwise from bottom left–London Free Press journalists Randy Richmond, Megan Stacey and Max Martin discuss the city’s employment situation with panelists Amanda Wilcox, Carol Stewart, Sue Wilson and Don Kerr in London, Ont. on Wednesday July 24, 2019. Derek Ruttan/The London Free Press/Postmedia Network You told us in a reader poll for last fall’s civic election what were London’s most pressing issues. While we debated bus rapid transit and political leadership vacuums, the other – and more lasting – ones didn’t get what they deserved. This series about employment is the first of three, followed by a series on […]