Underemployment, rather than unemployment, maybe the problem with automation. Still, pure technological unemployment also may be a distraction from a larger issue. A recent report by the Boston Globe that elaborated on a US Census study on older millennials described the demographic in stark terms. Middle-class blue-collar jobs have been… Continue Reading The biggest problem with robots taking jobs may not be unemployment—yet

A new report says that more than 7 million retail workers will lose their jobs due to automation. Nearly half of retail workers are at risk of losing their jobs to robots and other automation technology, according to a new report. Roughly 6 million to 7.5 million retail jobs “likely… Continue Reading Report: More than 7 million retail jobs to be lost due to automation

An industry-by-industry overview of the impacts of automation on the labour force identifies the following: Every repetitive task is a candidate for automation driven by artificial intelligence but, on more sober reflection, we can see that this will impact countries and employment sectors differently. The new age of robotics isn’t… Continue Reading Industry-by-industry impacts of workforce automation

An interesting view of  the future of work in  the age of AI. Kai-Fu Lee, a former Google and Microsoft executive believes that some 50% of jobs will be replaced by automation. He believes that the workforce of the future will be “workers of love”. Lee describes it as follows:… Continue Reading Automation will enable labour force with “workers of love”

According to a team at MIT, automation will have a bigger impact on smaller cities than on large urban centres. This is because cities with less than 100,000 inhabitants tend to have a larger proportion of jobs that are resilient to automation, according to the researchers. Read the full article… Continue Reading Automation will have a bigger impact on jobs in smaller cities

Members of the Forbes Technology Council offered 15 tips for introducing automation in a business. Suggestions include using automation to solve specific problems, starting simple and giving your team the opportunity to test and implement solutions. You can read the Council’s suggestions here.

Speed. Efficiency. Higher quality. Lower costs. These are the key benchmarks by which enterprise IT has been measured since the earliest days of its existence. These outcomes have always been achieved by some combination of man and machine, but with advances in cloud and digital technology, the balance is shifting… Continue Reading Opinion Five questions to ask before considering robotic process automation

Automation often replaces human labor, but very rarely in the last sixty years has it eliminated an entire occupation. Only one of the 270 detailed occupations listed in the 1950 US Census has since been eliminated by automation, according to a working paper by Harvard economist James Bessen. The one… Continue Reading Over the last 60 years, automation has totally eliminated just one US occupation

Work going on at companies like Amazon, Uber and Google has sparked fears that the rise in automation and drones could kill off thousands of jobs for taxi drivers, delivery workers and cashiers. The issue is gaining more attention these days because of the development of potentially disruptive tech like… Continue Reading Amazon: Automation doesn’t have to kill jobs