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Marijuana ‘trimmigrants’ have the hardest job in the industry ― and they could soon be upstaged by robots

April 21st, 2017 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

Every summer, tens of thousands of migrant workers swarm a remote area of Northern California — the marijuana-growing capital of the US — to find work as “trimmers” after the weed has been harvested. Their job is to prune the fluffy, green buds with small pairs of scissors to clear them of leaves before they […]



Stephen Hawking calls for creation of world government to meet AI challenges

April 4th, 2017 at 12:30 pm » Comments Off

In a book that’s become the darling of many a Silicon Valley billionaire — Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind — the historian Yuval Harari paints a picture of humanity’s inexorable march towards ever greater forms of collectivization. From the tribal clans of pre-history, people gathered to create city-states, then nations, and finally empires. While certain recent political trends, […]



Robots will replace over 250,000 government jobs — and that’s just the beginning

February 24th, 2017 at 4:17 pm » Comments Off

Automation could replace 250,000 jobs in government over the next 10 to 15 years — with potentially one million more under threat. The UK’s public sector workforce stood at around 5.3 million in the middle of last year, and has been falling since 2009, when it stood at 6.4 million. But that could be slashed significantly […]



The future of American jobs lies in the tech industry

February 15th, 2017 at 3:31 pm » Comments Off

When Donald Trump won the election, many in Silicon Valley were flummoxed: “How could a bigoted billionaire with no government experience and a twitchy Twitter trigger finger win the U.S. presidential election?” they asked themselves.



Prepping people to stay ahead of technological change

January 24th, 2017 at 10:40 am » Comments Off

When education fails to keep pace with technology, the result is inequality. Without the skills to stay useful as innovations arrive, workers suffer—and if enough of them fall behind, society starts to fall apart. That fundamental insight seized reformers in the Industrial Revolution, heralding state-funded universal schooling. Later, automation in factories and offices called forth […]



Robots will destroy our jobs and we’re not even ready for it

January 20th, 2017 at 4:15 pm » Comments Off

The McDonald’s on the corner of Third Avenue and 58th Street in New York City doesn’t look all that different from any of the fast-food chain’s other locations across the country. Inside, however, hungry patrons are welcomed not by a cashier waiting to take their order, but by a “Create Your Taste” kiosk – an […]



9 million American men in their prime working age can’t find jobs

December 19th, 2016 at 3:27 pm » Comments Off

It’s not something most people in my life know about. My friends, acquaintances, the parents of kids on my son’s soccer team that I coach — none of them know.



Can automation create newer, better jobs?

December 9th, 2016 at 11:28 am » Comments Off

As the fourth industrial revolution, characterized by smart factories and digital manufacturing, makes its presence felt globally, there is an upsurge in handwringing about the notion that technology will eliminate human jobs. To reskill your career, visit DavinciCoders.com and discover which course is best for you!



Futurist Thomas Frey predicts farming drones, driverless streets

October 20th, 2016 at 5:54 am » Comments Off

What will Iowa’s farms look like when the combines and tractors drive themselves? How will Des Moines’ banking and insurance sectors fare when supercomputers run financial markets? Where will Iowans live when a self-driving car can take them anywhere with the tap of a smartphone? These are the kind of questions Thomas Frey ponders.



Construction Expert Says Robots Will Cause Thousands of Builders to Lose Their Jobs

September 30th, 2016 at 6:35 am » Comments Off

Skyscrapers in the City of London could soon be built by robots rather than by people, according to the boss of one of the UK’s biggest construction firms. The result would be huge productivity gains as more work could be done by fewer people – but also mass layoffs as traditionally labour-intensive construction projects hire fewer and fewer […]



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