Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Work: An Interview with Moshe Vardi

This article was originally written by Tucker Davey and published on the Future of Life institute website on June 14, 2017. “The future of work is now,” says Moshe Vardi. “The impact of technology on labor has become clearer and clearer by the day.” Machines have already automated millions of routine, working-class jobs in manufacturing. …

The Zombie Robot Argument Lurches On: There is No Evidence That Automation Leads to Joblessness or Inequality

Image by Lance Ulanoff This Press Release was originally published on the EPI website on May 24, 2017. In The zombie robot argument lurches on, EPI President Lawrence Mishel and Research Director Josh Bivens challenge the popular media narrative that the pace of automation is increasing, and that it will lead to overall joblessness and …

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 …

G20 Agrees on Policies to Shape the Future of Work for Inclusive Growth and Development: ILO

(Labour and employment ministers of the leading advanced economies and emerging economies (G20) in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler | © BMAS / Lein) Ministers adopted policy recommendations on skills development, social protection, and working conditions for countries to shape a future that works for people around the globe. BAD NEUENAHR, Germany (ILO News) – “G20 Labour and …

The Emerging Risks of Our Digital Future – Part III

Want to know what keeps me up at night? I will answer this in a bit. Digital dividends are the returns on investments in digital technologies, in the form of growth, jobs and services that empower and support businesses, people and governments. The World Bank’s 2016 flagship World Development Report entitled “Digital Dividends” revealed that …

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 …

Reframing the Debate: A Closer Look at Technological Innovation’s Link to Widening Global Inequality – Part II

(Inequality in Brazil | Oxfam)   One of the hottest topics at the UN Global Dialogue on the Future of Work We Want this month was technological innovation’s impact on widening global inequality. To continue the conversation, I invite you to read this second of our three-part article delving deeper into the global landscape of …

Making Technology Work for All?

Photo Credit: Kai-Hsin Hung   Your job (or your next job), workplace, and the wider labour market are undergoing incredible change. Once we factor in the potential impacts of disruptive technologies, there are many uncertainties about the future trajectories of labour markets around the world. Techno-pessimists believe automation puts jobs at risk. And their so-called …