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In Radical Shift, Robots Work Right Next to Auto Workers | MIT Technology Review

In Radical Shift, Robots Work Right Next to Auto Workers | MIT Technology Review | Work, Skills and Robots | Scoop.it
It used to be too dangerous to have a person work alongside a robot. But at a South Carolina BMW plant, next-generation robots are changing that.
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"BMW is testing even more sophisticated final assembly robots that are mobile and capable of collaborating directly with human colleagues. These robots, which should be introduced in the next few years, could conceivably hand their human colleague a wrench when he or she needs it. The company is developing the newer robots in collaboration with Julie Shah, a professor in MIT’s department of aeronautics and astronautics. “Oftentimes, the robot will need to maneuver closely around people,” says Shah. “It’ll need to possibly straddle the moving floor—the actual assembly line; it’ll need to track a person that is potentially standing on that assembly line and moving with it.”"

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According to Will Knight, "As a new generation of safer, more user-friendly robots emerges, BMW’s man-machine collaboration could be the first of many examples of robots taking on new human tasks, and working more closely alongside humans. While many fear that this trend could put people out of work (see “How Technology Is Destroying Jobs”), proponents argue it will instead make employees more productive, relieving them of the most unpleasant and burdensome jobs." It will be interesting to see if this is what happens."

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The Future of Winemaking Is in High-Tech Robotics: Video

The Future of Winemaking Is in High-Tech Robotics: Video | Work, Skills and Robots | Scoop.it
Stay up to date on the latest business news, stock market data and financial trends. Get personal finance advice from leading experts.
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The work of 60 people done in a few hours by this optical grape sorter

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Nearly Half of U.S. Jobs Could Be Done by Computers, Study Says

Nearly Half of U.S. Jobs Could Be Done by Computers, Study Says | Work, Skills and Robots | Scoop.it
A recent study out of Oxford University found that almost half of U.S. jobs are vulnerable to being taken over by computers as artificial intelligence continues to improve.
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"Computers are better at certain types of jobs, like those the Oxford study identifies as at immediate risk. Those jobs are largely entry-level office jobs. Displaced workers mostly have to move down into lower paying jobs because they can’t move up, Autor and Dorn argue. In this way, technological progress has contributed to the gap between the rich and the poor without reducing the total number of jobs in the United States."

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Foxconn begins replacing workers with robots ahead of US expansion

Foxconn begins replacing workers with robots ahead of US expansion | Work, Skills and Robots | Scoop.it
In June 2011, Foxconn CEO Terry Gou announced plans to deploy one million robots across factory assembly lines, as part of a company-wide effort to adopt more automated manufacturing processes. The...
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This article was published a year ago. Wondering where is Foxconn at with its strategic plan now.

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26 Years of Growth: Shanghai Then and Now

26 Years of Growth: Shanghai Then and Now | Work, Skills and Robots | Scoop.it
Reuters photographer Carlos Barria recently spent time in Shanghai, China, the fastest-growing city in the world
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This is a radical change of the work/skills landscape

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Welcome, Robot Overlords. Please Don't Fire Us?

Welcome, Robot Overlords. Please Don't Fire Us? | Work, Skills and Robots | Scoop.it
Smart machines probably won't kill us all—but they'll definitely take our jobs, and sooner than you think.
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Humans Beating Robots Most Since ’08 as Trends Shift: Currencies

Humans Beating Robots Most Since ’08 as Trends Shift: Currencies | Work, Skills and Robots | Scoop.it
Humans are proving more adept than computers in reacting to the Federal Reserve’s mixed messages on when policy makers will reduce their unprecedented stimulus.
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Humans get a winning break in trading against robots this year.

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Meet Atlas: DARPA's Startling $2M Humanoid Future: Video

Meet Atlas: DARPA's Startling $2M Humanoid Future: Video | Work, Skills and Robots | Scoop.it
A few months ago we introduced you to PETMAN: a Boston Dynamics- designed humanoid robot designed to test protective clothing used in chemical and nuclear fallouts.
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Researcher Dreams Up Machines That Learn Without Humans | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com

Researcher Dreams Up Machines That Learn Without Humans | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com | Work, Skills and Robots | Scoop.it
Yoshua Bengio recently had a vision -- a vision of how to build computers that can learn like people do.
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On GPAs and Brainteasers: New Insights From Google On Recruiting and Hiring

On GPAs and Brainteasers: New Insights From Google On Recruiting and Hiring | Work, Skills and Robots | Scoop.it
“We found that brainteasers are a complete waste of time. How many golf balls can you fit into an airplane? How many gas stations in Manhattan? A complete waste of time. They don’t
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At Google, the proportion of people that don't have college education has increased. There is no correlation between the GPA score and success at work.

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4.4 Million Big Data Jobs in 2015

4.4 Million Big Data Jobs in 2015 | Work, Skills and Robots | Scoop.it
US companies are scrambling to fill their current Big Data roles and it’s already getting harder to find these specialists.
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China’s Great Uprooting: Moving 250 Million Into Cities

China’s Great Uprooting: Moving 250 Million Into Cities | Work, Skills and Robots | Scoop.it
A 12-year plan to move hundreds of millions of rural residents into cities is intended to spur economic growth, but could have unintended consequences, skeptics warn.
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This is a staggering migration that took hundreds of years for the equivalent process in the Western world. The size of the new urban population is as large as the most large cities in US, Europe, South America and Tokyo combined. Wherever you are, you will be affected by this.

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Productivity growth estimates revised lower Economic Report

Productivity growth estimates revised lower Economic Report | Work, Skills and Robots | Scoop.it
U.S. workers and businesses not as productive in first quarter as originally believed and labor costs posted the biggest drop since at least 1947, according to newly revised government figures.
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Labour costs fell most since 1947!  This strengthens the trend that began in 2006 of zeror or negative growth for real personal income. 

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Robert McNamara and the Dangers of Big Data at Ford and in the Vietnam War | MIT Technology Review

Robert McNamara and the Dangers of Big Data at Ford and in the Vietnam War | MIT Technology Review | Work, Skills and Robots | Scoop.it
Robert McNamara epitomizes the hyper-rational executive led astray by numbers.
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What 3-D Printing Could Mean for the World's Factory -- China

What 3-D Printing Could Mean for the World's Factory -- China | Work, Skills and Robots | Scoop.it
It's easy to get caught up in the buzz around 3-D printing. It allows everyone from hobbyists to aerospace engineers to create customized products -- toys, prosthetics, even jet engine parts -- from the convenience of their home or office.
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I disagree with the idea that 3D printing will not affect mass production. It does, but not directly and not completely - there is no replacement going on. If you have 1 million users printing occasionally a part, the business that used to mass produce them just lost that business. We need to mass produce 3-D printers and other products, but there has to  an impact somewhere, especially in the support and maintenance business (spare parts).

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In Radical Shift, Robots Work Right Next to Auto Workers | MIT Technology Review

In Radical Shift, Robots Work Right Next to Auto Workers | MIT Technology Review | Work, Skills and Robots | Scoop.it
It used to be too dangerous to have a person work alongside a robot. But at a South Carolina BMW plant, next-generation robots are changing that.
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"BMW is testing even more sophisticated final assembly robots that are mobile and capable of collaborating directly with human colleagues. These robots, which should be introduced in the next few years, could conceivably hand their human colleague a wrench when he or she needs it. The company is developing the newer robots in collaboration with Julie Shah, a professor in MIT’s department of aeronautics and astronautics. “Oftentimes, the robot will need to maneuver closely around people,” says Shah. “It’ll need to possibly straddle the moving floor—the actual assembly line; it’ll need to track a person that is potentially standing on that assembly line and moving with it.”"

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According to Will Knight, "As a new generation of safer, more user-friendly robots emerges, BMW’s man-machine collaboration could be the first of many examples of robots taking on new human tasks, and working more closely alongside humans. While many fear that this trend could put people out of work (see “How Technology Is Destroying Jobs”), proponents argue it will instead make employees more productive, relieving them of the most unpleasant and burdensome jobs." It will be interesting to see if this is what happens."

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Fed's Lacker sees tough choices ahead for U.S.

Fed's Lacker sees tough choices ahead for U.S. | Work, Skills and Robots | Scoop.it
Jeffrey M. Lacker doesn’t think too highly of labels. The president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond smiles when asked whether he likes being called an “inflation hawk.”
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"But the skills of our workforce is a longer-run issue, and I think we need to be paying attention to solutions that may not pay off for another 10 to 20 years"

Investment in education is critical to our future. Pre-school cognitive environment has positive consequences years later.

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Goldman sees 'creative destruction' in these businesses

Goldman sees 'creative destruction' in these businesses | Work, Skills and Robots | Scoop.it
The investment bank highlights eight industry themes it describes as "creative destruction" - trends that make it necessary for companies to either "adapt or die."
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Top eight industry theme trends as destructive innovations: 3D printing, e-Cig, LED lighting, catastrophy bonds, cancer immunotherapy, big data, software defined networking, natural gas engine technology. 

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The brave new world of work: where employees are treated as criminals

Every age has its estimate of the pressures and perils of work. Adam Smith, writing in the 18th century, focused on the toil and trauma of work.
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A new face of extreme industrialisation with dehumanizing consequences

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The amazing, surprising, Africa-driven demographic future of the Earth, in 9 charts

The amazing, surprising, Africa-driven demographic future of the Earth, in 9 charts | Work, Skills and Robots | Scoop.it
The world is poised to change dramatically over the next century, and in ways that you might not expect.
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Africa is rapidly becoming a major influence on the global economy. It's population growth is higher than Asia's in the past century. A few Sub-Saharan nations will morph into giants, some of the largest nations on the planet.

 

One of the key demographic factors underlying the trends into the workforce is the reversal of ranking on the scale of the population dependency. While Europe, Asia and America has majority of the population in need of support, Africa will have a young independent workforce as a majority of its population.

 

A key question here is: will Africa improve its governance, skill base and social structures just in time to convert this demographic trajectory into an opportunity?

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Will a job market scare push Beijing to act?

Will a job market scare push Beijing to act? | Work, Skills and Robots | Scoop.it
A slowdown in China's job market is a major risk factor and could lead policymakers to take steps to boost the economy if conditions deteriorate further, economists say.
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What kind of skills and jobs will be suitable for China in the next ten years to sustain its economy and social well being? What policies are needed to get there?

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Sleeping-Giant Issue of Unpaid U.S. Interns Gets Scrutiny

Sleeping-Giant Issue of Unpaid U.S. Interns Gets Scrutiny | Work, Skills and Robots | Scoop.it
By the time Ladan Nowrasteh got her masters degree in journalism, her resume was stacked with experience. Her bank account wasn’t nearly as full.
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This is not only in US, but in Australia too. This perpetuates the idea that content is cheap with expensive socio-economic penalties down the track.

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Abe Recovery Pits Graduate Jobs Against Senior Savings

Abe Recovery Pits Graduate Jobs Against Senior Savings | Work, Skills and Robots | Scoop.it
In the heart of Tokyo on a March afternoon, Akitsugu Yamamoto, clean-cut and clad in a dark business suit, is looking for a job at an employment agency whose name translates as New Grad Hello Work.
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GE Hiring Thousands of Engineers to Build Industrial Web

GE Hiring Thousands of Engineers to Build Industrial Web | Work, Skills and Robots | Scoop.it
General Electric Co. is hiring thousands of engineers near San Francisco in a push to connect everything from jet engines to medical-imaging machines to the Web and help customers run equipment more efficiently.
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How Technology Is Destroying Jobs | MIT Technology Review

How Technology Is Destroying Jobs | MIT Technology Review | Work, Skills and Robots | Scoop.it
Automation is eliminating the need for people in many jobs. We’ve survived such changes before, but this time it might be different: are we facing a future of stagnant income and worsening inequality?
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The frog is starting to feel the realise the water is boiling. It is a matter of time before the issue of the disappearance of old fashion jobs pipeline reaches the political/public debate.

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Learning To Learn Faster: The One Superpower Everyone Needs

Learning To Learn Faster: The One Superpower Everyone Needs | Work, Skills and Robots | Scoop.it
The Superpower I have a new book coming out early next year, The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance.
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This article is a bit vague, a teaser to make you want to find out more. Nevertheless, the work of Jim Kwik seems to be intriguing. I like stories of people who after facing difficulties they discover a way to overcome them with brilliant ideas.

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