Please see below some of the more thoughtful and significant recent headlines about the ongoing and accelerating automation of work (new content in bold).
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An associate professor of education and economics at Harvard University, showed that in recent years, many jobs requiring only mathematical skills have been automated. Bank tellers and statistical clerks have suffered. Roles which require predominantly social skills (childcare workers, for example) tend to be poorly paid as the supply of potential workers is very large.
- Outsourcing is being disrupted by the innovations in robotic process automation, which could cut labour costs and free workers from boring tasks. The implications of this are discussed in a new Raconteur report along with how outsourcing is no longer reserved for big corporations as more start-ups and small business are realising the advantages to be had.
- In the next few decades, about 56% of all salaried workers in Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam could be displaced by automation and advanced technologies, such as 3D printing. That at least is the conclusion of an extensive series of new studies by the International Labour Organisation.
- Technology has created more jobs than it’s destroyed - Deloitte
- Automation will lead to a net loss of 9.1 million US jobs - Forrester
- The economic myth of robotics and the robot job-ocalypse - Financial Times
- Automation angst: Three new papers examine fears that machines will put humans out of work - The Economist
- Automation will continue to transform the global workforce - BBC
- New world of work: digital marketplace reshapes casual labour - Financial Times
- For centuries, experts have predicted that machines would make workers obsolete. That moment may finally be arriving. Could that be a good thing? - The Atlantic
- Which jobs are doomed? - Futurology
- Governments are enthusiastically raising the minimum wage of workers. But how high can they go without being harmful? - The Economist
- When it comes to automation it is the web of processes built around our day to day lives , not rogue robots, which should cause us concern
- Will opposing universal basic income in the future be equivalent to opposing the freeing of slaves 150 years ago? - Reddit.com
- Robots are coming for your job: Amazon, McDonald’s and the next wave of dangerous capitalist “disruption”
- Scarce Skills, Not Scarce Jobs: the "real" challenge technology presents isn't that it replaces workers, but rather displaces them.