John Selkow

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​The Future of Robot Labor Is the Future of Capitalism

Robots entering the workplace isn’t even really about robots; it's about capitalism.<p>You've seen the headlines by now: The robots are coming, and they're going to take our jobs. The future really doesn't look so great for the average, human working stiff, since 47 percent of the world's jobs are set …

The Case for Robots, 1864 Edition

Machinery, a poet thought, makes us more prosperous and refines our morals.<p>One hundred fifty years ago, William Winter, poet and theater critic, turned his attention to a less exalted subject: typesetting machines. In what begins as a gadget roundup of sorts, or as he called it, "a half-hour's …

This Robot Can Load A Dishwasher — Thus Solving A Massive Mathematical Problem In Robotics

"Boris 2" was first showcased at the British Science Festival in Birmingham last Thursday. Boris's blue arms and silver hands allow him to grasp objects like a human can.<p>The machine cost £350,000 ($570,000) and took five years to develop. Once its development is complete, it will represent the …

Score a Meeting with Just About Anyone

We’re all inundated with meeting requests. It’s easy to say no to the egregious ones, like the stranger who recently emailed me to suggest that I meet with him on a specific date so I could provide him with free career coaching. But — though I know better than to ask for pro bono resume critiques — …

Unpredictable Work Hours Are Stressing Too Many People Out

In the modern workforce, control over your time is a valuable form of currency: for many, it’s an equal aspiration to getting rich (if it’s any proof ,“control your time” has almost 200,000,000 more mentions on Google than “make more money”). And yet as jobs become ever more dependent on online …

Targeting Your Audience Earlier in the Buying Process - Whiteboard Friday

Bigger audiences and less competition aren't actually that hard to find; we just have to reach a bit farther up the funnel. In today's Whiteboard …

How People Use Different Social Networks in Different Ways

People who join multiple social networks tend to engage with distinctly different groups of people and content topics on each platform, according to …

Hyper-Personalization? Forget the 'Hyper' and Just Be Personal

Hyper-personalization is the latest buzzword in marketing. It's no longer enough to be personal... you have to add some hyperbole to it. It's the …

The Silver Linings of Social Media Mistakes

You know what they say about mistakes: Everyone makes them. That holds true in social media as well. But if we start fearing that a particular social …