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
AEON Magazine - 26 Jul 2017
The anthropologist who just published a book on our relation with work (Down and Out in the New Economy: How People Find (or Don't Find) Work Today) explains why when employees are treated as short-term assets, they reinvent themselves as marketable goods, always ready to quit. She makes an interesting observation: “Good jobs were ones with a good salary, benefits, etc. Now, it’s one that prepares you for your next job” (reads in 8-10 min).
Published in Weekly selection 28 July 2017
The New York Times - metered paywall - 18 Jul 2017
Amazon epitomizes what the service economy is all about, and what its future will be. It regards labor as a simple commodity and tends to focus on domination, not on providing any sort of abstract benefit to society outside the lowering of prices and the delivery of goods. It has never put forth a rosy vision of the future of service labor and most likely never will (reads in 5-7 min).
Published in Weekly selection 21 July 2017