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

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

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

Legions of robots now carry out our instructions unreflectively. How do we ensure that these creatures, regardless of whether they’re built from clay or silicon, always work in our best interests? Should we teach them to think for themselves? And if so, how are we to teach them right from… Continue Reading Teaching robots right from wrong

Insightful article highlights some of the nuances of automation on the job market such as changes in the nature (but not necessarily availability) of work. When Café X opened a few weeks ago in San Francisco selling coffee made by a resident robot, baristas were highlighted in a list of… Continue Reading Wide range of jobs will be impacted by automation

Interesting article on the potential impact of automation on the fast food industry. Food service relies heavily on predictable, repetitive tasks that are already possible to automate. A recent McKinsey analysis of 800 occupations found “accommodation and food service” to contain the highest percentage of tasks—73%—that could be completed using… Continue Reading Replacing humans with robots in the food services industry