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We're Heading Into A Jobless Future, No Matter What The Government Does

Vivek Wadhwa | Posted 07.22.2014 | Business
Vivek Wadhwa

The writing is clearly on the wall about what lies ahead. Yet even the most brilliant economists -- and futurists -- don't know what to do about it.

Cannes 2014 #Shingerview: Erika Ferszt, Luxottica Group

David Shing | Posted 07.18.2014 | Technology
David Shing

My dear friend Erika Ferszt, Luxottica Group's Global Advertising, Media & Digital Director, spent some time with me in Cannes to talk about how she maintains the integrity and authenticity of Ray Ban, arguably one of the most iconic and popular brands.

Cannes 2014 #Shingerview: Yin Rani, Campbell Soup Company

David Shing | Posted 07.17.2014 | Technology
David Shing

Yin Rani, VP of Integrated Marketing at Campbell's Soup Company, spent some time with me at Cannes to talk about her new role at the CPG giant. Having joinied Campbell's in December, Yin is responsible for establishing the strategic direction for Campbell's advertising, media, global design and digital marketing and social media.

Cannes 2014 #Shingerview: Rei Inamoto, AKQA

David Shing | Posted 07.16.2014 | Technology
David Shing

Watch as Rei and I walk around Cannes discussing the power of creativity and innovation, the Future Lions awards, and where he draws inspiration from.

Cannes 2014 #Shingerview: Matt Seiler, IPG Mediabrands

David Shing | Posted 07.14.2014 | Technology
David Shing

I had the great fortune of chatting with Matt Seiler, a Media Jury Lions President at Cannes this year. Scouring and judging over 3,200 submissions, he talks about his favorite entries -- great ideas, cross platform, yet simple ideas with positive messaging.

Overwhelmed, Overworked and Wearing Too Many Hats: Use This 5-Step Plan to Avert Total Burnout

Julie Niehoff | Posted 07.08.2014 | Small Business
Julie Niehoff

We've all been there. Running your own company or working as part of a team, it is the result of taking on too much. You were hesitant to say no and failed to delegate. Now you're on the verge of burnout even if you once loved your work.

Maximum Heart Strings, Robotics, and the Minimum Wage Debate

Wendy N. Powell | Posted 06.03.2014 | Business
Wendy N. Powell

In our hashtag world, the debate rages on about increasing the federal minimum wage. Proponents of raising the minimum wage in incremental increases f...

Using Human Automation For Small Tasks

John McLaughlin | Posted 06.04.2014 | Huffpost Code
John McLaughlin

It's a problem every coder faces: When working on a large project, you inevitably come across tasks that are simply too granular and too time-consuming to carry out personally and can often be too complex to quickly code an automated solution. It might be categorizing videos, finding appropriate product images or manual data entry.

Retail Workers Are Robotized in Our Scripted Society

Annabel Osberg | Posted 06.19.2014 | Business
Annabel Osberg

"Did you find everything OK?" the cashier at a large retail chain store asks me as she begins ringing up my items. Actually, I didn't. There were a co...

Mr. Roboto

Matthias Paul Kuhlmey | Posted 04.14.2014 | Business
Matthias Paul Kuhlmey

Cyclicality of labor costs and the integration of robotics into daily life are not experiences limited to emerging economies; instead, these are reflective of a global phenomenon with inherent limits to long-term job creation.

The Income Inequality Implications of Job Automation: Over 47 Percent of Jobs May Be At Risk

Kevin Merlini | Posted 03.11.2014 | Technology
Kevin Merlini

Researchers have pointed out that our nation's growing income inequality is indicative of increased automation. When will the exponential growth of computing technology allow for jobs that may be viewed as safe to be taken over?

Roll Up Your Sleeves

The European Magazine | Posted 09.30.2013 | Business
The European Magazine

The political power of big existing institutions -- big companies, big unions, big education -- will weigh in against any real change. The most likely result is that we will be stuck.

The End of Work, Again

The European Magazine | Posted 09.27.2013 | Business
The European Magazine

The belief and fear that automation and mechanization are about to make most human labor obsolete, and thus create unavoidable mass unemployment, seems always to be simmering below the surface, like a passive volcano.

When a Tax Refund Is Not a Refund

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 06.26.2013 | Fifty
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

This is not my usual area of discussion, but I could not miss the opportunity of sharing this. In lieu of receiving a check for a tax refund, the Comm...

Is New Technology Destroying Jobs?

Mary Manning Cleveland | Posted 06.07.2013 | Business
Mary Manning Cleveland

Big corporations, especially big monopolistic corporations, tend to carry labor-saving technology too far. They automate too soon and too much. The reasons are pretty obvious once you think about it.

I (Want) Robot

Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D. | Posted 03.19.2013 | Technology
Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D.

The new meme is that the robots are coming, and while they are not the Arnold Schwarzenegger "life terminator," they are the jobs terminator.

Where's My Robot?

Techonomy | Posted 01.13.2013 | Technology
Techonomy

Who's your biggest competition for that new job? Turns out, it could be a robot named Baxter.

Robo-Journos Put Jobs In Jeopardy

Buster Brown | Posted 09.18.2012 | Technology
Buster Brown

Like mathematicians plotting the processes necessary to solve an equation, computer scientists can now program software to replicate the mental steps a journalist might use to write an article.

Foxconn Turning To Robots

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 07.18.2012 | Business

Robots are coming to China. China is expected to surpass Japan as the world’s largest robotics market in two years, raising concerns that the mac...

Will Robots and Automation Make Human Workers Obsolete?

Martin Ford | Posted 08.18.2012 | Business
Martin Ford

PBS News Hour recently had a special on the main topic I've been writing about here on The Huffington Post and elsewhere: unemployment and inequality caused by technology and, in particular, automation.

Robots Need Not Apply To These 10 Jobs

The Fiscal Times | MAURA KELLY | Posted 06.17.2012 | Business

Telephone switchboard operators are a thing of the past—the kind of job we only encounter in black-and-white movies. And just as technology and auto...

5 Surprising Tasks Computers Do

Delia Lloyd | Posted 07.02.2012 | Technology
Delia Lloyd

Increasingly, we are delegating tasks to computers that even now, seem like they couldn't possibly be automated.

imX Event Charts New Course for American Manufacturing

Michele Nash-Hoff | Posted 11.20.2011 | Business
Michele Nash-Hoff

Last week, I attended the imX (interactive manufacturing eXperience) in Las Vegas (September 12-14, 2011.) The imX was jointly sponsored by the Socie...

The Mint Cleaner Is an Impressive Little Device

Ramon Nuez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Ramon Nuez

I have been using the Mint Cleaner for a few weeks and I am very impressed with this little guy. It does not vacuum -- which I thought I would have an issue with -- so it is very quiet.

The Death of Dilbert: Why Your Children Will Need to Love Their Jobs

Brian Whetten | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Brian Whetten

While the number of unskilled jobs and professional jobs have both been increasing, even in the face of this recession, the number of skilled, routine jobs -- the bread and butter work of the middle class -- is falling through the floor.