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Robots are coming for your job. That might not be bad news
The problem with automation isn’t technology. The problem is capitalism. // [ Deflationary pressure, 3bn people in developing world and frontier markets unemployed, waiting to join workforce. ] [ who buys the gadgets and widgets when half the world is unemployed ] // This time, as Martin Ford argues in Rise of The Robots, education and upscaling won’t help us. There will simply be fewer jobs to go around, as everything from accountancy to journalism will be done faster, cheaper and more efficiently by machines. The result, as Jerry Kaplan agrees in Humans Need Not Apply, is that billions will be left destitute – unless we radically rethink our way of keeping people fed.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
#mediabuzz | Howard Kurtz | Fox News
Amazon a cyber-sweatshop? SARAH LACY praised the New York Times reporting on Amazon: "When you freak out the tech world, you're a powerful news organization." // "brutally efficient" 'white and blue collar jobs being exposed to the same treatment manual work and service sector jobs have been treated by competition and globalisation (flat and borderless world), for the last +30 years. "it's what you don't say and how it gets interpreted down the line." // Investigative Journalism! NYT (paper), a institution, a stalwart of investigative journalism, reporting, holding companies and people accountable, .... same along the line of bit.ly/1NRsG5N - One overlooked theme emerging from the Times’s Amazon story is the power of the paper itself. // this story underlines, is a data point in time, you can look back on. and say the world went this way such and such // competing on price is the easiest thing to do! the first thing in reach! its about the hard things that actually leverage/multiplier
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Will Advances in Technology Create a Jobless Future? | MIT Technology Review
Who Will Own the Robots? - We’re in the midst of a jobs crisis, and rapid advances in AI and other technologies may be one culprit. How can we get better at sharing the wealth that technology creates? // BY MARTIN FORD - The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them BY JOSEPH E. STIGLITZ &! Inequality: What Can Be Done? BY ANTHONY B. ATKINSON &! The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies BY ERIK BRYNJOLFSSON AND ANDREW MCAFEE // &! Paul Krugman - “A lot of what’s happening [in income inequality] is not just the gods of technology telling us what must happen but is in fact [due to] social constructs that could be different.” - gov policy, corporate policy (ie 4-day work week and 6-hour days because productivity and profit margin do allow for that, and more brings diminished returns etc etc but will that go down well with Wall Street?)
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Japan Exports Its Way to Irrelevance - Bloomberg View
[ Politicians as always will react with reactionary unimaginative policy, competing for the same pie. instead of enabling, supporting new pies to be created. ] But Abe needs to recognize, as China already has, that this is only the latest sign of a broader reality: Asia's old export model of economic growth no longer works. [...] All the stimulus BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda can muster won't change the worsening trajectory of the region's most-populous nation. That's why Abe needs to take a page from Beijing and focus more on creating new industries at home. [ the base of home grown new market/category/vertical also includes sound middle class to buy those products. demand at home. social safety net (security). and less inequality. progressive taxation. fight tax evasion/avoidance, monopoles, monopsonies, bribery, corruption. and politicians making policy for lobby. ]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Empire of the geeks | The Economist
Silicon Valley should be celebrated. But its insularity risks a backlash [...] Critics are often from industries wanting to protect their privileges; the geeks’ aggressive behaviour is sometimes part of the creative destruction that leads to progress. But that is not the only source of anger. Silicon Valley also dominates markets, sucks out the value contained in personal data, and erects business models that make money partly by avoiding taxes. There is a risk that global consumers will feel exploited and that the effects of a shrinking tax base will infuriate voters. If the perception takes root that enormous profits from exploiting data and avoiding taxes are crystallised in the fortunes of a few people living on a patch of ground near San Francisco, then there will be a backlash." // recent emergence of marketplace for X and gig platform for X - 1099 Economy etc etc, making money with our data - Facebook.
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Helpling: Putzportal-Chef Franke über Preise und Festanstellungen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Putzjob: Zwischen 8 und 9,50 Euro Stundenlohn verdienen "Helplinge" - minus Kosten für Rentenversicherung, Anfahrt, Arbeitskleidung --- Die Plattform Helpling vermittelt günstige Putzkräfte. Forciert sie nur die Ausbeutung von Tagelöhnern? Hier spricht Mitgründer Benedikt Franke über karge Stundenlöhne. [...] KarriereSPIEGEL: On-Demand-Plattformen verbrennen derzeit vor allem Geld. Ihr US-Konkurrent Homejoy soll pro Auftrag zwölf Dollar Verlust einfahren. Wird Helpling jemals profitabel arbeiten können? Franke: Unser Geschäft hängt ganz davon ab, ob es uns gelingt, langfristige Kundenbeziehung aufzubauen. Darauf konzentrieren wir uns derzeit, versuchen aus ganzer Kraft, das Kundenerlebnis zu optimieren. Operativ arbeiten wir bereits profitabel. [ LTV - user lifetime value got to be < than user acquisition cost = sustainable (if operation can be paid for and some little profit even) - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Customer_lifetime_value ] - bit.ly/1NP6Ore "digitaler feudalismus"
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
News Roundtable: [...] deconstructing employment - YouTube
min 34 + https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8406358 "The article doesn't really examine productivity, it is examining wages." - Digital revolution has yet to fulfil its promise of productivity and better jobs (economist.com) +!+ http://www.reddit.com/r/Futurology/comments/2i5nse/the_economist_labour_is_steadily_losing_out_to/ - http://www.economist.com/news/special-report/21621160-labour-steadily-losing-out-capital-those-have-shall-be-given 'It's The Economist making a case for wealth redistribution!' +!+ How computers threaten the jobs of mid-skilled workers (economist.com) - youtu.be/PR8OkkfvnT8 'few benefiters + we need substantial skill upgrading and change in education policy' +!+ Is A.I. the problem or the solution? youtu.be/lge-dl2JUAM - Automation, Robotics, mid-skilled jobs, routine jobs, lessons from Industrial Revolution, need investment in practical skills for the future, infrastructure investment, education policy, Universal Basic Income - so that no one is left behind
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october 2014 by asterisk2a
oftwominds-Charles Hugh Smith: The Changing Nature of Middle Class Work
The economy is changing in structural ways that affect not just the job market but the nature of work itself. If we ask, what is work?, the conventional answer is tasks that somebody will pay us to do. This is true, but it doesn't address why someone is willing to pay us. The answer is to create value. ... [ Skills, not Expertise. ] ...... As technology's ability to replace costly human labor moves from the factory floor to the service sector, the nature of middle class work is changing. [ IBM's company wide Pivot over +10 years from HW to Services and Software Company. With the accompanying downsizing. ] ... Jobs that can be learned in a few hours are prone to being replaced by machines. [...] The protected sectors beset by soaring costs (healthcare, higher education, major weaponry programs, finance, etc.) will undergo the creative destruction of technology-based productivity gains for the reason that they are already unaffordable, not just to households but to the nation.
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may 2014 by asterisk2a

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