Thursday, August 7, 2014

Reading Room: #futurelabor when #robots take our jobs

could be worse than the #adjunct kind we have now. An even more recent Pew report, The Future of Jobs, is referenced in Will Oremus' Slate piece, The New Luddites.. The subtitle "What if technological innovation is a job-killer after all?" is straight from PEW. Jonathon Rees has busy setting up and migrating content to More or Less Bunk's new domain, getting ready for the Colorado AAUP Conference meeting in Durango and prepping a class digital history project to chase MOOCs (he'll be back). Somebody's got to pick up the slack on the bot beat, so here goes ~ with more than a little help from Ominvore's robots/jobs post

From the Journal of Evolution and Technology, a special section on technological unemployment and the basic income guarantee, including Riccardo Campa (Jagiellonian): Technological Growth and Unemployment: A Global Scenario Analysis; John Danaher (Keele): Sex Work, Technological Unemployment and the Basic Income Guarantee; and Gary E. Marchant, Yvonne A. Stevens and James M. Hennessy (ASU): Technology, Unemployment and Policy Options: Navigating the Transition to a Better World. 

From Financial Times, a series on robots in the workplace, including a look at how robot makers are warned over fears that automation will “steal jobs; and China, once the manual labour “workshop of the world”, has become the largest buyer of industrial robots. Michael R. Strain on how robot workers could tear America’s social fabric. Andrew Leonard on Google, Foxconn, and our new robot overlords.

Enslave the robots and free the poor: Martin Wolf on how the prospect of far better lives depends on how the gains are produced and distributed.  Paul Starr reviews The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee (and more). 
Read the rest at when robots take our jobs - / omnivore

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