The New York Times - paywall - 12 Jun 2018
We don’t know yet whether artificial intelligence, robotics and other technologies will make a large portion of today’s jobs obsolete, but they might! If they do, this will become the defining challenge of the decades ahead, demanding political attention. Some bold ideas, like a universal basic income, have gained traction in particular ideological circles. However, many less dramatic solutions might work too. This article reviews some of them, like work-sharing programs (reads in 6-8 min).
Published in Weekly selection 15 June 2018
World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda - 7 May 2018
This is a short, punchy, piece on the four megatrends that will affect the labour markets and the nature of employment in the foreseeable future. (1) Impermanence: no more permanent contracts anymore - self-employment and freelance will become the norm; (2) Life expectancy: because of ageing, continuous learning will become a necessity; (3) New jobs: technology will end up creating more jobs than it destroys, but change will be painful and inequality will rise; (4) Women: the future belongs to them because they possess more of the qualities that will be most needed (reads in 5-6 min).
Published in Weekly selection 12 May 2018
The Atlantic - 4 Apr 2018
Signs abound that most economies, but the US one in particular, are tilting further towards jobs that give workers less market power. Walmart epitomizes this trend: it is raising wages, but its plans to use more gig labor and automation put workers at a disadvantage. In a nutshell, the labour markers are being ‘gig-ified’, with the ensuing concern: not about the number of jobs, but whether those jobs can support a reasonable standard of living (reads in 6-8 min).
Published in Weekly selection 13 April 2018