James Butcher

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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 …

The 2016 World Economic Forum Misfires With Its Fourth Industrial Revolution Theme

Global business leaders, heads of state, public intellectuals, and NGO's will be making their annual pilgrimage to the tiny ski resort village of Davos, Switzerland on January 20th through 23rd. The forum is a unique venue crafted by the German economist Klaus Schwab more than 40 years ago. Its …

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A growing set of problems that I see in the decentralization movement and cryptocurrency space is the disregard for ethics and the lack of careful …

UN Report: Robots Will Replace Two-Thirds of All Workers in the Developing World

Labor-Cost Advantage?<p>From recent reports, it may seem like automation only affects those in developed countries; however, a report from the UN …

There will be much less work in the future. We need to rethink our societies

<i>The future of work is a key topic at the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting 2017. Watch the Promise or Peril: Decoding the Future of Work session</i> …

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Robot revolution: The economics of automation

This post highlights some of the possible economic implications of the so-called “Fourth Industrial Revolution” — whereby the use of new technologies …

Who’ll win from the fourth industrial revolution?

<i>I am co-chairing - with Neelie Kroes - a World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Futures Council on innovation and entrepreneurship. We have a fantastic</i> …

The 4th Industrial Revolution And A Jobless Future - A Good Thing?

It’s estimated that between 35 and 50 percent of jobs that exist today are at risk of being lost to automation. Repetitive, blue collar type jobs might be first, but even professionals — including paralegals, diagnosticians, and customer service representatives — will be at risk.<p>This isn’t just …

Manufacturing

The moral dilemmas of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Should your driverless car value your life over a pedestrian's? Should your Fitbit activity be used against you in a court case? Should we allow …

Artificial Intelligence

Here's What Elon Musk Thinks About Brain Implants, AI, And Basic Income

The Governments of the Future<p>Every year since 2013, the world’s most powerful leaders and forward-thinking innovators have gathered in the city of …

Blockchain Will Completely Revolutionize How We Run the World

I recently traveled to Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum, and was surprised to find blockchain on the minds of many of the leaders …

Business leaders: this is our wake up call

As a society, we are facing some hard truths. Recent global elections have surfaced the depths of frustration and despair many people are feeling. …

The rise of the machines: lessons from history on how to adapt

Disruptive technologies are dictating a new future for humankind. Almost every day we hear of new advances that blur the lines between the realms of …

Manufacturing

AI, Automation and the U.S. Economy

On December 20, the White House released Artificial Intelligence, Automation, and the Economy, a new report that investigates how AI will likely …

Artificial Intelligence

Job Loss Isn't a Societal Weakness, Rather a Symptom of Societal Advancement

Cap maximum hours—although this would disproportionally impact male workers as they currently work longer hours;<p>Have a more flexible approach to …

Here's Looking At You, 2050

Foreign Policy<p>How a less Christian Europe, an aging population in the West, and the empowerment of women are going to shape the …

Economic prosperity in the digital age

Around the world, people are demanding change. Recent electoral outcomes – perhaps most notably, the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom and the …

Innovation

The Fourth Industrial Revolution: what it means, how to respond

We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, …

Innovation

Five skills government workers need in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The Fourth Industrial Revolution will bring massive change and opportunity to the way we work, play and build relationships. Often overlooked in the …