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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 […]

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 […]

Two-tier workforce condemning millions to low-paid jobs, study warns [feedly]

Toby Helm, political editor The Observer, Saturday 31 August 2013 16.00 EDT In 2013, more than one in three (37%) new employees are entering part-time work, and one in three (32%) are taking temporary work. Photograph: David Sillitoe for the Guardian Britain’s nascent economic recovery shows no sign of halting its slide towards a “two-tier” […]

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 […]

Why Do Some Jobs Pay So Little?

FREAKONOMICS 08/07/2013 | 11:02 am A recent one-day strike by fast-food workers has called attention to the low wages in the industry. James Surowiecki offers one reason that the issue’s visibility has increased recently: Still, the reason this has become a big political issue is not that the jobs have changed; it’s that the people […]

Crumbling American Dreams

By ROBERT D. PUTNAM August 3, 2013, 2:30 pm NYTimes My hometown — Port Clinton, Ohio, population 6,050 — was in the 1950s a passable embodiment of the American dream, a place that offered decent opportunity for the children of bankers and factory workers alike. But a half-century later, wealthy kids park BMW convertibles in […]

Fighting Back Against Wretched Wages

By STEVEN GREENHOUSE Published: July 27, 2013 NYTimes OFTEN relegated to the background, America’s low-wage workers have been making considerable noise lately by deploying an unusual weapon — one-day strikes — to make their message heard: they’re sick and tired of earning just $8, $9, $10 an hour. Their anger has been stoked by what […]

Enjoy the Rules

By FREDDIE DEBOER The New Inquiry A review of Jaron Lanier’s Who Owns the Future? What becomes of America when the social contract can no longer be fulfilled? Generations of parents taught their children about deals that they thought were immutable aspects of the American condition; they now watch their adult children struggle in a […]