Posts Tagged ‘jobs‘

The Future of Work: An EIU study

Automated, creative and dispersed: The future of work in the 21st century is a study by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), commissioned by Ricoh Europe. The report seeks to identify the key trends that will influence the nature of work and working life over the

Google Cabs And Uber Bots in the app-based economy

…As he describes it, working “below the API” is a dead end. Uber drivers, Amazon Mechanical Turk workers, 99design contestants, TaskRabbit taskers and HomeJoy cleaners are all targets for further automation. Software is the business of building models of systems that can be executed, optimized

Antiwork: a radical shift in how we view “jobs”

Work will doubtless always be necessary, but hopefully reduced to a minimum. Bertrand Russell wrote that “the road to happiness and prosperity lies in an organised diminution of work”. But this seems unlikely to happen while work is framed as the virtuous side of a

Automation Could Make Us Useless

The “de-skilling” that occurs when pilots no longer fly planes is happening across the board…It’s just one of the risks, Carr suggests, of becoming “a ward of our phones”: we are disembodying ourselves, removing ourselves from the world, living via screens and interfaces, and losing

Enter the Age of Freelance

Apps are making it easy to get everything done; they connect customers with people providing services. In this flourishing new world of freelance jobs, is the standard 9-5 job officially passé? What becomes possible now that we can accomplish anything from any location? And if

5 Simple Policies That Make Danish Workers Happier Than Americans

You will often see Denmark listed in surveys as the “happiest country on the planet.” Interestingly Danes are not only happy at home, they’re also happy at work. According to most studies of worker satisfaction among nations, the happiest employees in the world are in

This Is How It Looks (to some) When Robots Take Our Jobs

That takes up a big chunk of the worry space: that there is one artificial agent that becomes very powerful, and is therefore able to shape the future according to its goals. Those goals may not have anything to do with human goals. They may

The Great Decoupling : the pros and cons of A.I. taking our jobs

In fact, the dirty secret of economics is that it’s possible for technology to make the pie bigger—and that’s exactly what it’s been doing. Record wealth. But at the same time there’s no law that everybody’s going to benefit from technology. Some people, even a

Reblog: The Great Decoupling

As machine learning advances at exponential rates, many highly skilled jobs once considered the exclusive domain of humans are increasingly being carried out by computers. Whether that’s good or bad depends on whom you talk to. Technologists and economists tend to split into two camps,

The Talent Crisis: Study Shows Companies Are Unprepared for the Future of Work

As revealed in Workforce 2020, an independent, global study by Oxford Economics with support from SAP SE, most companies recognize the importance of managing an increasingly international, diverse and mobile workforce.  The study’s findings challenge the prevailing wisdom and highlight the most critical issues facing