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Business-How Can We Prepare People For The Jobs Of The Future?

Innovation, Optimism and Jobs

Joe Nocera FEB. 14, 2014 NYTimes Is digital technology destroying middle-class jobs? Does it exacerbate income inequality? Does it boost economic growth and productivity — without creating the jobs that ought to come with economic growth? Last month I gave space to a book titled “Who Owns the Future?” by the computer scientist Jaron Lanier. […]

‘Report card’ says US economy is failing | Futurity

Posted by Clifton B. Parker-Stanford on January 20, 2014 Futurity A new report highlights the implications of rising poverty, job loss, and greater inequality in America. The social safety net has performed admirably, but is struggling to meet rising poverty and needs. It gets a mixed grade, while the economy gets an “F” for failing […]

Will Digital Networks Ruin Us?

By JOE NOCERA Published: January 6, 2014 NYTimes The most important book I read in 2013 was Jaron Lanier’s “Who Owns the Future?” Though it was published in May, I came to it late in the year. But this turned out to be fortuitous timing. With unemployment seemingly stalled out at around 7 percent in […]

Should the Government Pay Everyone a Basic Income?

by STEVEN MAZIE NOVEMBER 20, 2013, 5:18 PM Big Think In 2014, voters in Switzerland will decide whether their country should send a monthly check for $2,800 to every Swiss citizen and legal resident. This idea may never fly in the United States, but that hasn’t stopped advocates of an Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) from […]

How Student Debt Must Affect Career Choices

GREG MCBRIDE Nov 11, 2013 WSJ Blog GREG MCBRIDE: The decision about picking a major is an individual one, and I’ll steer clear of that. However, I do think that potential salary should factor into how much student debt is accumulated. After all, it’s that potential salary that will be needed to pay back the […]

Study: Half of Jobs in the U.S. Could be Automated

by BIG THINK EDITORS OCTOBER 1, 2013, 3:42 PM An Oxford University study looked at how susceptible jobs are to computerization, and found that “about 47 percent of total US employment is at risk.” This is a disturbing answer to the frequently asked question of what technological progress really means for the future of employment. […]

Report Suggests Nearly Half of U.S. Jobs Are Vulnerable to Computerization

Aviva Hope Rutkin MIT Technology Review September 12, 2013 Oxford researchers say that 45 percent of America’s occupations will be automated within the next 20 years. Rapid advances in technology have long represented a serious potential threat to many jobs ordinarily performed by people. A recent report (which is not online, but summarized here) from […]

Who Will Prosper in the New World

By TYLER COWEN August 31, 2013, 2:05 pm NYTimes elf-driving vehicles threaten to send truck drivers to the unemployment office. Computer programs can now write journalistic accounts of sporting events and stock price movements. There are even computers that can grade essay exams with reasonable accuracy, which could revolutionize my own job, teaching. Increasingly, machines […]

Labor, Then and Now

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD NYTimes Published: August 31, 2013 On Thursday, the day after the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, thousands of fast-food workers in 60 cities walked off their jobs, the latest in an escalating series of walkouts by low-wage workers demanding higher pay and the right to organize without retaliation. The […]

How Technology Wrecks the Middle Class

By DAVID H. AUTOR AND DAVID DORN August 24, 2013, 2:35 pm NYTimes In the four years since the Great Recession officially ended, the productivity of American workers — those lucky enough to have jobs — has risen smartly. But the United States still has two million fewer jobs than before the downturn, the unemployment […]