Teach the skills required for a future we can’t yet imagine

Teach the skills required for a future we can’t yet imagine

We’re living through a fourth industrial revolution, characterised by technological advancements in areas such as robotics, artificial intelligence and machine learning. While this inspires hope in future prosperity, the pace of invention means we can’t even imagine what jobs will make up most of the workforce in a generation from now. Engaging students with careers resources early and often

Struggle, strength and growth: preparing students for the changing future

Preparing students for an uncertain future through career planning About 65 per cent of current primary school pupils will be employed in jobs that don’t exist today, […]

Automation mitigates labour shortages and instills safety culture

Automation mitigates labour shortages and instills safety culture

Most traditional warehouses require employees to manually lift and carry crates of goods that are often heavy. Repetitive twisting, turning and reaching places warehouse staff at constant risk of injury, which potentially leads to long-term physical harm. Particularly in times of labour shortage, manual order fulfilment results in warehouse staff having to work harder and faster, increasing their risk of workplace injury. By eliminating these ergonomic hazards, automation marks a transition from the traditional, physically demanding warehouse to more modern facilities that run better, faster and safer operations. Crates of fresh produce being handled by robots Healthy workplace means […]

Why ‘duty of care’ is vital when adopting automation

Why ‘duty of care’ is vital when adopting automation

Thomas Deegan, senior health and safety consultant and program manager at EHS Mackin. Image: Marie Keating Thomas Deegan of EHS Mackin discusses the Irish sectors that are embracing robotics, the importance of a proactive approach to risk and the danger of staff bypassing safety procedures when they’re under pressure. Click here for the full Automation Week series. Automation comes in all shapes and sizes, from automated tasks on a computer to advanced robots working in warehouses, but progress can bring its own challenges.

While making a site more automated can improve productivity for a business, there are various health and […]

AI fears starting to fizzle among workers as half believe artificial intelligence will actually boost their salaries and increase job security

AI fears starting to fizzle among workers as half believe artificial intelligence will actually boost their salaries and increase job security

Nearly half of workers expect AI to increase their salary and job security, PWC’s survey of 56,600 workers shows Since ChatGPT’s explosive debut in November 2022, fears of robots replacing humans have been rampant, but the average worker remains optimistic and actually sees AI as something that will eventually bolster their bank account.

PwC’s 2024 Global Workforce Hopes & Fears Survey , which polled over 56,000 workers, reveals that many employees expect AI to enhance their jobs rather than eliminate them.

Half of the workers surveyed believe AI will boost their salaries (49%) and job security (50%) in the next […]

Horizon Bets on the Smart Factory

Horizon Bets on the Smart Factory

(This article originally ran in the June 5 edition of the drupa daily.)

Timm Edelhoff, head of Horizon GmbH in Quickborn, Germany, takes a pragmatic approach to automation. Under his leadership, Horizon GmbH embraces the smart factory concept to leverage technologies that streamline operations, enhance productivity, and deliver customer value. It is all on exhibition in their drupa stand in Hall 6 and partner stands across the messe.

Edelhoff’s philosophy on automation is clear: technology should serve a purpose beyond novelty. "Automation must have a customer benefit or ROI," says Edelhoff. "Technology without a direct benefit is a waste of […]

Overseas Demand, AI, Domestic Demand Transition Are Key to China’s Economic Development

Overseas Demand, AI, Domestic Demand Transition Are Key to China’s Economic Development

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(Yicai) June 25 — Chinese companies are offered opportunities from the overseas market and artificial intelligence sector but also face great challenges from protectionism in Western countries. Therefore, the Chinese economy is experiencing an inevitable deep transition, especially in its supply and demand structure.

There are two kinds of opportunities that Chinese firms can seize globally: robust overseas demand and the development of AI. Regarding the first, Chinese companies that went global and had a high percentage of overseas sales over the past years have […]

The Power of AI, ML, Autonomous Systems, and Robotics in Workforce Transformation​

The Power of AI, ML, Autonomous Systems, and Robotics in Workforce Transformation​

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics are no longer just futuristic concepts; they have become integral components driving innovation across numerous sectors. From assembly lines to advanced research labs, these technologies are transforming old job roles and opening doors to new possibilities.

However, this transformation is not without its skeptics. Many voice concerns about a future where machines might replace human labor, potentially leading to widespread job losses and increased social inequality. These worries are valid and highlight the need for thoughtful technology integration in our workplaces.

The adoption of AI and robotics shouldn’t be about replacing the human workforce but enhancing […]

How Do Robots Impact Employment And Labor Markets?

How Do Robots Impact Employment And Labor Markets?

Key Takeaway

Robots impact employment and labor markets in various ways. Displacement: Robots can replace workers in routine tasks, leading to job losses. Studies show adding one robot per thousand workers can reduce employment rates by 0.16–0.20 percentage points and lower wages by 0.42%.

Productivity: Automation boosts productivity and reduces costs, creating new jobs and increasing labor demand in some sectors. Skill Requirements: Workers need new skills to operate and maintain robots, prompting upskilling and reskilling. Economic Implications: While automation can widen income inequality if benefits are not equitably distributed, it also presents opportunities for economic growth and innovation. Introduction […]

The Jobs Most at Risk From AI

The Jobs Most at Risk From AI

The rapid advancement of artificial intelligence technology is reshaping the job market, posing significant risks to various professions.

According to a recent report by Goldman Sachs, AI tools could impact 300 million full-time jobs worldwide, leading to considerable disruption in the labor market. As businesses increasingly adopt AI to improve efficiency, certain jobs are more vulnerable to automation. Here are five fields at risk from AI. Photo-illustration by Newsweek Data Analysts and Bookkeepers

Jobs that involve data analysis, bookkeeping, and basic financial reporting are highly susceptible to automation. These roles, which focus on repetitive administrative tasks, are prime candidates for […]

AI and Automation: Reshaping the Future of Jobs

AI and Automation: Reshaping the Future of Jobs

Have you ever wondered where robots do tedious tasks, freeing you up for more fascinating work? That is the future of employment using AI and automation. While certain duties will be automated, new opportunities will arise. Consider artficial intelligence to be a super helper that assists physicians in illness diagnosis and attorneys in case research. The majority of employment will evolve rather than perish. To work with AI, we’ll need to master new talents such as problem solving and creativity. The trick is to stay versatile and continue to learn; exciting times are coming in the workplace. How AI […]