Future of Work

By Heather McGowan | articles about the future of work, social media, collaborative economy and higher education

How Automation Will Change Work, Purpose, and Meaning

The vast majority of humans throughout history worked because they had to. Many found comfort, value, and meaning in their efforts, but some defined work as a necessity to be avoided if possible. For centuries, elites in societies from Europe to Asia aspired to absolution from gainful employment. …

John Maynard Keynes

When exactly is the future of work?

As we delve deeper into the future-of-work sphere this week, we’re answering a number of questions about the nitty-gritty of it all.Having looked to …

Intelligence

What do attitudes toward the skills gap tell us about state of the U.S. workforce?

Employers are struggling to fill a record number of U.S. job openings. They’ve floated a few reasons why finding qualified new hires is so hard right now: Americans don’t have the skills required to perform these jobs; traditional education isn’t teaching the right skills; government isn’t doing …

Careers

Artificial Intelligence, Automation, and the Economy

<i>Editor’s Note: Staff from the Council of Economic Advisers, the Domestic Policy Council, the National Economic Council, the Office of Management and</i> …

Intelligence

The Guts of our Economy

All kinds of people start all kinds of businesses for all kinds of reasons. Individually their stories are inspiring, but seen <b>as a whole, they’re</b> …

Google's AI Built Its Own AI That Outperforms Any Made by Humans

Should we be worried?<p>In May 2017, researchers at Google Brain announced the creation of AutoML, an artificial intelligence (AI) that's capable of …

What the future of work will mean for jobs, skills, and wages

As many as 375 million workers around the world may need to switch occupational categories and learn new skills.<p><b>The technology-driven world</b> in which …

French reforms aim for a new social contract in the age of disruption

<i>This is the weekly roundup of The WorldPost, of which Nathan Gardels is the editor in chief.</i><p>Just as the welfare state was born out of the upheavals of the Industrial Revolution, so too a new social contract must emerge today as the economic ground shifts again with the dislocations of globalization …

Economics

Tracking the gig economy: New numbers

Nearly a decade after the founding of Uber and Airbnb it’s still hard to get a handle on the size and importance of either those particular platforms …

Sharing Economy

Comparing Today’s Tech/Telecom Employment with Yesterday’s Industrial Employment

We’re grateful to have our new report mentioned in Neil Irwin’s piece today in the New York Times about tech employment. The report, An Analysis of …

General Motors

Google explains how artificial intelligence becomes biased against women and minorities

Time and again, research has shown that the machines we build reflect how we see the world, whether consciously or not. For artificial intelligence that reads text, that might mean associating the word “doctor” with men more than women, or image-recognition algorithms that misclassify black people …

Artificial Intelligence

Co-designing with machines: moving beyond the human/machine binary

Letter from the Editor: I am happy to announce the The Co-Designing with Machines edition. As someone with one foot in industry redesigning …

Artificial Intelligence

Comment on Re-wiring for the Complex Workplace by Richard Cook

A deep consequence of the asynchronous-distributed paradigm is that control based on centralized authority will be unable to keep pace with change. …

Management

Ageism is forcing many to look outside Silicon Valley, but tech hubs offer little respite

SAN FRANCISCO — For years, job hunting over the age of 40 in the youth-obsessed Silicon Valley could prove hazardous to your career.<p>But judging from the experiences of technology workers roaming the country in search of job opportunities elsewhere, ageism is a universal problem in the …

Silicon Valley

Tom Friedman interview: Jobs, learning, and the future of work

Article<p>Radically open: Tom Friedman on jobs, learning, and the future of work Deloitte Review, issue 21<p>July 31, 2017<p>​Smart machines, businesses as …

Trends

Deloitte: The Future of Work is Here and Organizations Should Stop Speculating and Start Acting - The Business Journals

NEW YORK, Aug. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- As technology continues to blur the line between digital and physical, there is a heightened focus on what the …

Intelligence

Lifelong learning helps people, governments and business. Why don't we do more of it?

Learning throughout life makes sense. Research shows it is good for your health, your wealth, your civic engagement and your family’s future …

Learning

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Hedging the future of work

In the future we typically work in three kinds of economic spaces: in long-term collectives, short-term communities, and in fast response flash …

Rethinking skills and responsibility

The industrial make-and-sell model required explicit skills as we still know them. The decisive thing was your individual knowledge and individual …

Management

This Company Hired Its First Robo-Worker for $30,000--and Never Looked Back

Increasingly, robots are small, portable, easy to train, and within financial reach for many businesses. Should you add one to your team?<p>Creating Revolutions, which is based in Miami, makes a spill-proof tabletop pager for the hospitality industry, but the product was plagued by a double-digit …

Robots

Getting to grips with longevity - The new old

Special report<p>The new oldGetting to grips with longevity<p>“NO AGE JOKES tonight, all right?” quipped Sir Mick Jagger, the 73-year-old front man of the …

German History

Why does American work feel so bad?

"JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!"<p>The exclamation was part of President Trump's tweets in May, hammering home a promise that helped get him elected.<p>But the unemployment rate is (and was before the election) between 4 and 5% which many economists consider full employment. The U.S. had a record 75 straight months …

Equality

Human Learning vs. Machine Learning (Smarter Everyone, Smarter Everything, Smarter Everywhere)

Ever since my first blog entry in this recent series on artificial intelligence, I've been highlighting the lesser, calculational nature of machine …

Technologies shaping our future

<i>AI is eating the world</i><p><i>(Want to get insights into emerging tech on a more regular basis? Sign up for the</i> <i>official Traction Report newsletter here</i><i>).</i><p>I …

Intelligence

How to Prepare the Next Generation for Jobs in the AI Economy

Most of us regard self-driving cars, voice assistants, and other artificially intelligent technologies as revolutionary. For the next generation, however, these wonders will have always existed. AI for them will be more than a tool; in many cases, AI will be their co-worker and a ubiquitous part of …

Visual Basic

Ethnographic Experiential Futures

We shape our images of the future, and meanwhile they shape us.<p>A Field Guide to Ethnographic Experiential Futures, version 1.1, June 02017 (pdf)<p>At …