World Economic Forum - 5 Dec 2017
Upwork’s CEO, who also co-chairs the WEF Council on the Future of Work, gives us food for thought with four predictions about the future of work: (1) AI and robotics will create more jobs, not mass unemployment - as long as we responsibly guide innovation; (2) Cities will compete against other cities in the war for top talent; (3) The majority of the US workforce will freelance by 2027; (4) Education breaks out of the silo (reads in 4-5 min).
Published in Weekly selection 8 December 2017
The New Yorker - 23 Oct 2017
This article, peppered with academic references, is rather long (a 15-20 min read) but worth reading. It makes the fundamental point that, formerly robots assisted human workers, now it’s the other way around. Technology could result in the early de-industrialisation with massive labour implications in emerging markets. What happens when these countries can no longer bring masses of people out of poverty by employing them in factory jobs?
Published in Weekly selection 3 November 2017
Wired - 31 Aug 2017
The author of “The Wisdom of the Crowds” offers a techno-optimistic view of the future of labor. He disagrees with the “conventional wisdom” that dramatic advances in robotics and artificial intelligence are putting us on the path to a jobless future because he doesn’t see much evidence that it’s happening. This is not a view that we share, but this is a well-researched article worth reading (takes about 9-12 min).
Published in Weekly selection 18 August 2017