Information Technology and the US Workforce: Tech@Work Digital Library

This latest US foresight report will help policymakers, workers and employers groups, the United Nation’s labour agency, the ILO, as well as the readers of this blog get the latest information informing debate about the future impacts of automation and digitalization on the global workforce.   Foresight is essential in helping us prepare for the potential …

The ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’: Potential and Risks for Africa – SAIIA

Klaus Schwab, the founder of the World Economic Forum, argues that the single most important challenge facing humanity today is how to understand and shape the new technology revolution. What exactly is this revolution, and why does it matter, especially for Africa? The ‘fourth industrial revolution’ captures the idea of the confluence of new technologies …

Artificial Intelligence and Ethics — Where to Draw the Line?: Intl Federation of Informational Processing

(Big data and AI | Open AI) After a 75-year incubation, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become a household word, reflected in popular culture through books, movies and even music. From self-driving vehicles and interactive robots to Apple’s Siri concierge and IBM’s Watson, which is increasingly being used to solve business problems, AI technology is playing …

Automation and the Future of Work; Bringing Women Into the Debate: IDS

International Women’s Day. Thailand, 2015. Photo: UN Women/Pornvit Visitoran. | Lebanon, 2015. Photo: UN Women/Joe Saad | Kenya, 2016. Photo: CIAT/Georgina Smith   As part of IDS Digital and Technology Cluster’s ongoing research into the impact of automation on the future of work we’re keen to understand how a range of stakeholders, from trades unions …

Shaping the Future of Work in a Digital World – Why Should Development Organisations Care?: IDS

On 13th March, IDS together with the Web Foundation and Nesta, hosted the inaugural Digital Development Summit, with the support of DFID and the DFID-ESRC Impact Initiative.This blog post was the first in a series that was published by organisers and participants over several weeks. Here IDS’s Becky Faith and Ben Ramalingam explain why the future …

How to Resist the Exploitation of Digital Gig Workers: Oxford Internet Institute

(What does the gig economy mean for workers rights? | Ethical Trading Initiative)   Internet users will make up the majority of the planet’s population before the end of this year. Most of this digital growth is coming from Africa, Asia, and South America: places where incomes are low and well-paying jobs are scarce. It …

Leveraging Our Comparative Advantages Against Robots: The Bottlenecks of Automation

(Flickr |Lwp Kommunikáció) While waiting to board an inter-city bus in Montréal, Canada, an interesting conversation on the bottlenecks of automation was struck between a mid-aged American bus delivery driver and me. Wallette faces the risk of losing her job to a robot in the coming years. The long-haul transport  truck driver of school buses …

Learn the Top 10 Remarkable Frontier #Tech4Dev

Photo credit: Freepik.com Frontier technologies have the potential to rapidly address large-scale challenges and transform our global economy and digital business models. Under UK’s Frontier Technologies Livestreaming Initiative, the Institute of Development Studies led by Ben Ramalingam reviewed and handpicked the top frontier technologies for international development in five different domains. The ten frontier technologies for …