Technological Unemployment – Quantified

March 28, 2017 – A new paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research titled, “ROBOTS AND JOBS: EVIDENCE FROM US LABOR MARKETS”  looks at the impact of industrial automation on the labor market in the US from 1990 to 2007, and finds not only job loss but also reduced wages as impacts. Articles about […]

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We have no PLAN

I was reading the Asian Scientist this morning, and was thinking about the accelerating pace of technological change, and our pathetic human response to the expected human consequences of accelerating technological unemployment (various types of Basic Income and Retraining/Education). Oliver Tian points out the problem and clearly lays out the challenge in the Asian Scientist. […]

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MWA2 – Machine World Anxiety: Stage Two

Our machines have us right where they want us – nose to the grind stone, too busy, too dependent, and too confident. When we realized the machines were coming for our jobs, MWA1 set in. We don’t think about it constantly, but it’s there. They are coming. We know it. I visited the cemetery recently just […]

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Elephant In The Room – MWT-3

  Eric Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee laid out the basics of the “Race Against The Machines” in their book by the same title in 2011. They noted the accelerating advancement of technology, and outlined many of the factors at work today as we push ahead toward Machine World. On a daily basis now, articles, and […]

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MWA (machine world anxiety) – Stage One

When the machines first appeared on human radar, we thought of it as a novelty. Recalling the robots of our childhood, robots were cute, somewhat stupid, predictable, and we always could find a way to defeat them when they invaded the planet. No big deal. It’s all good. The experts have been reluctant at best […]

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‘End of Work’ – Machine World Part 2

– We should have known that we were in trouble when one of the world’s largest electronics manufacturers announced a plan to deploy a million robots (Taiwan’s Foxconn – Hon Hai Precision Industry Co with facilities in Taiwan, China, Brazil and the US). – We should have paid more attention to Martin Ford’s warnings in […]

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