Future of Work

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

Getting to grips with longevity

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 …

Longevity

Why does American work feel so bad?

"JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!"<p>The exclamation was part of President Trump's tweets last month, 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 …

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 …

Machine Learning

Technologies shaping our future

More about foundational technologies, and how they interact<p>I recently gave a talk in Paris to a group called Women in the Digital Economy, or WIDE. …

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 …

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 …

The key to jobs in the future is not college but compassion – Livia Gershon

Early last year, the World Economic Forum issued a paper warning that technological change is on the verge of upending the global economy. To fill …

Education

Finland’s Universal Basic Income Program Is Already Reducing Stress for Recipients

Start With the Finnish<p>Earlier this year, Finland launched a pilot program to test a universal basic income (UBI) policy by giving 2,000 of its …

Basic Income

Our World In Data

We mourn the death of <b>Hans Rosling</b> (1948–2017), co-founder of Gapminder.<p>An energetic educator, a clear thinker, and a generous man, Hans' enthusiasm …

The Alien Style of Deep Learning Generative Design

What happens when you have Deep Learning begin to generate your designs? The commons misconception would be that a machine’s design would look …

Generative design software will give designers "superpowers"

Generative design tools that produce optimum forms for products and buildings without human intervention are set to transform both the physical world …

Project Dreamcatcher

13 publications<p><i>Massimiliano Moruzzi (2016)</i><p><b>How smart materials will literally reshape the world around us</b><br>TechCrunch<br>September 17, 2016<p><i>Subhajit Das,</i> …

The Bizarre, Bony-Looking Future of Algorithmic Design

Author: Margaret Rhodes. Margaret Rhodes Design<p>Date of Publication: 09.23.15.<p>Time of Publication: 4:26 pm. 4:26 pm<p>Related Galleries<p>Can <i>The Handmaid's</i> …

Handmaid's Tale

How long will it take for your job to be automated?

We’re often told that machines one day will be able to do our jobs – but when, exactly, is that likely to happen?<p>The world is widely considered to be on the cusp of a fourth industrial revolution – one where machines will be able to do many of the jobs currently performed by humans, and perhaps …

Machine Learning

Average age of tech company’s employees [#ChartoftheDay]

Does the age of the employees affect the culture of the company?The average age of the engineers that built the most powerful rocket ever built in …

Digital Marketing

So at what age are you in the older half of Australia?

For her entire life, 37-year-old Kobie Keenan has been in the younger half of Australia's population.<p>But on June 15 the Sydney mother-of-two will …

Mark Zuckerberg Should Really Listen to Himself

Twelve years after dropping out of Harvard, Mark Zuckerberg returned to campus—a few years older, a few commas richer—and delivered a commencement …

Diversity

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 …

The Challenge of Our Disruptive Era

I am a historian, and that usually means I’m a killjoy. When people say we’re at a unique moment in history, the historian’s job is to put things in perspective by pointing out that there is more continuity than discontinuity, that we are not special, that we think our moment is unique because we …

Republican Party

The Neuroscience of Trust

Companies are twisting themselves into knots to empower and challenge their employees. They’re anxious about the sad state of engagement, and rightly so, given the value they’re losing. Consider Gallup’s meta-analysis of decades’ worth of data: It shows that high engagement—defined largely as …

The one crucial skill our education system is missing

From <i>Blade Runner</i> to <i>I, Robot,</i> the big screens of Hollywood have predicted the rise of the machine. Automated intelligences will wait our tables and …

The First Wave of Corporate AI Is Doomed to Fail

Artificial intelligence is a hot topic right now. Driven by a fear of losing out, companies in many industries have announced AI-focused initiatives. Unfortunately, most of these efforts will fail. They will fail not because AI is all hype, but because companies are approaching AI-driven innovation …

How Technology Liberates Human Capital

New technologies tend to disrupt old businesses, but also to create more jobs than they destroy. That’s little solace, though, to the workers who lack either the skills or flexibility to find better opportunities.<p>From the factory floor to the Wall Street trading desk, advanced technologies such as …

Innovation

Five Models for Making Sense of Complex Systems

<i>Sign up to be alerted when my new book on drawing is available,</i> <i>Pencil Me In!</i><p>In one of the classes I teach at CCA, students were confused by mental …

Baidu AI achieves 'zero shot learning' ability using natural language

Given the glut of AI “breakthroughs” and wannabe “breakthroughs,” it’s sometimes tough to pinpoint events that if not seismic of themselves, are the …

Do digital currencies spell the end of capitalism?

Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin pose a fundamental challenge to the notion of money itself<p>It started with the best of intentions: in 2015 a group of programmers inspired by the success of Bitcoin launched a new software platform called Ethereum that allowed users to conduct transactions without a …

Bitcoin

Douglas Coupland: 'The nine to five is barbaric'

The Generation X author on the future of work and how we’ve all turned into millennials<p>Douglas Coupland has always been one of the sharpest critics of the modern workplace. His literary works – such as Generation X, JPod and Microserfs – revolve around smart and creative young people who are better …

Millennials