Labor, Management, Technology

It’s Time to Talk About AI-Enabled Job Destruction

Last week Kevin Roose wrote an interesting piece on Davos and the reticence of most Western CEO’s to talk about their automation efforts and these efforts’ (very much intentional) elimination of human labor. The CEO’s at Davos, noted Roose, got very nervous when asked about AI-driven job destruction, so they prefer to use terms such as “the […]

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Economics, Society

Bain Has Seen the Future of Labor and It’s Not Pretty

As we look around our world today, it’s easy to see many forces changing our economic and social models. We all know technology, income inequality and shifting political movements will create a world different from the one we have lived in for the past few decades. Analyzing each of these issues is difficult enough. Trying […]

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Economics, Society, Technology

MIT: Algorithms Are Making American Inequality Worse

Don’t miss MIT Tech Review’s interview with political scientist Virginia Eubanks about her new book, Automating Inequality. Some highlights:   In Automating Inequality, author Virginia Eubanks argues that the poor are the testing ground for new technology that increases inequality. The book, out this week, starts with a history of American poorhouses, which dotted the […]

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Economics, Technology

HBR: “Why Trump Doesn’t Tweet About Automation”

In case you missed it, Babson professor Thomas Davenport (author of Only Humans Need Apply, which I reviewed here), has a good piece on Trump lack of focus on automation in HBR. Excerpt: To be fair, it’s not just Trump who finds this a difficult enemy to battle; other politicians don’t engage with it much either. […]

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Society, Technology

Is Automation Making Us Dumber? The Answer is No

There is an interesting genre emerging today, as otherwise smart writers start to warn us that either (a) robots are going to take over the world or (b) computers are eroding human intelligence. If we believe these authors, our future is either serving our new robot overlords or mindlessly staring at screens throughout our lives. […]

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