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Will Robots Take Our Jobs?

Robert Brenner | Posted 10.06.2015 | Technology
Robert Brenner

In 1920, Czech author Karel Čapek wrote a play about mechanical men replacing human workers in factories. The play, Rossumovi Univerzální Roboti ("Rossum's Universal Robots") gave us the word "robot," and we've been worrying about robots taking our jobs ever since.

Machine Labor Day

Scott Santens | Posted 09.10.2015 | Politics
Scott Santens

The Labor Movement is back. It was reborn around 2012 with the rise of #Fightfor15, and now that a $15 an hour minimum wage has been adopted into the Democratic platform, and city after city has been adopting higher minimum wages, it appears labor is gaining real ground.

Let's Treat Robots Like Yo-Yo Ma's Cello -- as an Instrument for Human Intelligence

Nicholas Agar | Posted 09.10.2015 | World
Nicholas Agar

Yo-Yo Ma's remarkable sounds emerge from a collaboration between him and his cello. We choose to view his contributions as more important. We don't view Yo-Yo Ma as mere facilitator of sounds produced by the cello. There's nothing that prevents us from granting the same kind of recognition to humans whose jobs require them to collaborate with computers.

8 Ways Marketers Are Being Heard In 2015

Steve Olenski | Posted 08.25.2015 | Business
Steve Olenski

Consumers literally have the entire world at their fingertips and as a result, there's a considerable amount of marketing noise. With so much information streaming at a near constant, new and innovative methods of engaging users are crucial to establishing a unique voice over the chatter.

Everything You Think You Know About the History and Future of Jobs Is Likely Wrong

Scott Santens | Posted 08.20.2015 | Technology
Scott Santens

Centuries of data may show us how jobs have been both destroyed and created, but recent decades worth of more nuanced data more importantly show us there's more to this story.

In a World of Artificial Intelligence, Where Will Latin Americans Work?

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 08.17.2015 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

We can't know yet whether artificial intelligence will immiserate the human race, as some foresee. But it is clear that these technologies will bring transformative change of one sort or another to the world, and especially to Latin American societies. The region's leaders must begin to prepare.

Software And Robots Eat Jobs. Now What?

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 07.27.2015 | Technology

In a story for Vox Monday, Matt Yglesias argues that we shouldn't be worried about losing our jobs to robots -- or to any other kind of soph...

Progress -- for a New Wave of Growth

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 07.20.2015 | Impact
St. Gallen Symposium

Demographics and the anticipated rise of a middle class in developing economies do not seem to unlock much growth potential in the short term. Hence, we should not look for more of the same, but for what could be truly new.

Our Paradoxical Economy Courtesy of Technology and the Lack of Basic Income

Scott Santens | Posted 07.09.2015 | Business
Scott Santens

We all know how the saying goes about giving someone a fish and teaching someone to fish. But what happens when we build a robot to fish? Do we all starve or do we all eat?

Yes, a Computer Will Take Your Job. Can We Handle the Transition to a Jobless Future?

Vivek Wadhwa | Posted 07.08.2015 | Technology
Vivek Wadhwa

Not only will there be fewer jobs for people doing manual work, but the jobs of knowledge workers will also be replaced by computers. Almost every industry and profession will be impacted, and this will create a new set of social problems -- because most people can't adapt to such dramatic change.

Driverless cars will reshape the economy, but these three hurdles will make it a slow process

Sam Tracy | Posted 06.22.2015 | Technology
Sam Tracy

In the past decade, the idea of cars driving themselves has quickly gone from sci-fi dream to impending reality.

Artificial Intelligence Confronts Workers and Businesses With Choices

David Schatsky | Posted 06.22.2015 | Business
David Schatsky

As cognitive technologies continue to expand what machines are capable of doing, the boundary between the work that computers do and the work that humans do is shifting. This doesn't imply that work is going to disappear. But it does suggest that how we work, and what work we do, will change.

Automation for the People: The Public, Technology and Jobs

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

What does the public think about automation and jobs? Do Americans see technological threats to employment, and have their views changed since the days when robots first began replacing line workers in factories?

Do You Have a Clear Picture of Your Customer?

Scott MacFarland | Posted 06.03.2015 | Business
Scott MacFarland

These are just 4 simple things to think about when trying to define what data is necessary for a 360-degree view of the customer. I honestly think a marketing department must consider EVERY customer touch point, not just the digital ones.

The Robots Are Coming! The Robots Are Coming!

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Robots have indeed eliminated a great deal of factory work and are rapidly moving on to product design, medical diagnostics, research, teaching, accounting, translating, copy editing, and a great deal more. Once-secure professions are no longer safe. From that, many economists conclude that we may just have to adjust to a high plateau of unemployment. That assumption is malarkey.

The Robots are Coming: How a Caring Economy Is the Best App for a Shrinking Job Market

Riane Eisler | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics
Riane Eisler

The tech and automation job-quake is finally gaining attention, with predictions that nearly half of American jobs will be lost within a couple of decades. Yet too many leaders still avert their eyes, making decisions through a rear-view mirror rather than planning for a horizon already upon us.

Why You Should Let Technology Take Care of Your Finances

Jen Turrell | Posted 06.22.2015 | Money
Jen Turrell

Before you turn on the auto-transfer and auto bill pay functions, you need to create a savings buffer. It's no use setting all of this up if one month you run out of money and create a cascade of overdrafts and late fees.

A Duty to Preserve the Middle Class

Illah Nourbakhsh | Posted 06.13.2015 | Technology
Illah Nourbakhsh

Technological progress has led to incalculable increases in quality of life, in health and nutrition. But the "progress" enjoyed by the many does not extend into our presently laid future trajectory.

Human Work for the Robots' Future

Martin Marty | Posted 06.09.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

After the recent week(s) in which media gave more attention to religion than at almost any other time, our Sightings resources this week include no reference to religion, though their subject will have enormous consequences for religion in public and private life.

It's Time to Start Talking Seriously About Basic Income

Jim Pugh | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Jim Pugh

What if full employment wasn't a necessity in our economy? What if it was okay to not have a full-time position? What if robots stealing our jobs could actually be a good thing, rather than something to fear?

Workers at Louisiana Refineries Assess Tentative USW-Shell Deal

Susan Buchanan | Posted 05.15.2015 | Business
Susan Buchanan

The United Steelworkers Thursday reached a possible four-year pact with Shell Oil in a seven-state strike that spread to 12 refineries and three other plants. Three weeks ago, most of the USW's more than 700 combined members joined the walkout.

This Dude Automated His Tinder Account and Dominated the Dating Game

Brian Hanley | Posted 04.12.2015 | Technology
Brian Hanley

Vancouver-based developer Justin Long invented a Tinder bot that automates the already-expedited, mobile matchmaking process. Leveraging facial recognition algorithm Eigenfaces, Long's bot swipes both right and left on its creator's behalf.

Looking Forward to a Robot Doing Your Job for You? Think Again.

Nicholas Carr | Posted 04.12.2015 | World
Nicholas Carr

We're actually happiest when we're absorbed in a difficult task, one that challenges us not only to exercise our talents but to stretch them. And yet, given the opportunity, we'll eagerly relieve ourselves of the rigors of labor.

3 Simple Strategies to Keep Your Financial Resolutions

Shahar Ziv | Posted 03.02.2015 | Money
Shahar Ziv

As January kicks off, close to half of Americans will make resolutions on the perennial quest for self-improvement. Predictably, losing weight continues to be the top goal for 2015. Money-related resolutions, however, rank among the favorites.

How Programmatic Media Buying Is Saving The Banner Ad

Dean Jayson | Posted 01.26.2015 | Media
Dean Jayson

Why is it so tempting to dismiss entire swaths of the media landscape as dying or dead as Farhad Manjoo did in a piece for the New York Times earlier this month? TV is dead, Print is dead, and as Mr. Manjoo suggested, the banner is dead, proclaim technology and media reporters!