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  • 11/16/17
  • Jobs of the Future: A Guide to Getting – and Staying – Employed Over the Next 10 Years
    "Wrenching transformations are never easy. But a world without work is a fantasy that is no closer to reality in 2017 than it was 501 years ago upon the publication of Thomas More’s Utopia…In this report, we propose 21 new jobs that will emerge over the next ten years and will become cornerstones of the future of work."
    Cognizant
    11/16/17
  • A.I. Will Serve Humans—But Only About 1% of Them
    "Right now, while artificial intelligence is focusing on profit-generation, natural intelligence has proven to be more than up to the task of manipulating it, as if sneaking up behind someone distracted by a shiny object. We’re coming to understand just how adroitly AI can be played as we learn more and more about Russia’s manipulation of social media during the 2016 presidential election."
    BigThink.com
    11/15/17
  • Brookings: Implications – Strategies for Adjusting
    "[T]he construction of an inclusive labor market as digitalization proceeds won’t happen by itself. Instead, it will require significant improvements in digital education and training, both to broaden the high-skill talent pipeline and ensure that underrepresented groups can connect to an increasingly digital economy."
    Brookings
    11/15/17
  • Foreign students have begun to shun the United States
    "What worries foreign grads is that OPT exists under an extension granted in an executive order by Barack Obama. President Trump has not mentioned OPT, but he could unilaterally wipe it off the books as part an immigration reform package…Kuehn tells Axios, 'Clamping down on OPT would restrict the smooth flow of students from American schools to American companies. … It's something that could be very disruptive, and that would be a way to throw a monkey wrench into navigating U.S. immigration.'"
    AXIOS
    11/15/17
  • How the Robot Revolution Could Create 21 Million Jobs
    "'It's easier to understand what types of jobs are going to go away,' says Ben Pring, director of Cognizant's Center for the Future of Work, who with two other Cognizant executives wrote the 2017 book 'What to Do When Machines Do Everything.' The idea behind the report, he says, was 'to craft a credible narrative of what we’re going to gain.'"
    The Wall Street Journal
    11/15/17
  • The Brutal Fight to Mine Your Data and Sell It to Your Boss
    "Tomorrow’s monopolies won’t be able to be measured just by how much they sell us. They’ll be based on how much they know about us and how much better they can predict our behavior than competitors."
    Bloomberg Businessweek
    11/15/17
  • Welcome to the Era of the AI Coworker
    "Unlike drivers and warehouse employees, knowledge workers aren’t in immediate danger of being displaced. But as AI becomes an essential part of their workflow, their jobs are changing—and there’s no guarantee that today’s helpful AI tools won’t become a threat in the future. This presents workers with a choice: Set aside your ego and embrace your new AI coworker, or get left behind."
    Wired
    11/15/17
  • Artificial Intelligence May Reflect the Unfair World We Live In
    "[A] plethora of evidence suggests that AI has developed a system biased against racial minorities and women…. Factors like these suggest that human bias against race and gender has been transferred by AI professionals into machine intelligence. The result is that AI systems are being trained to reflect the general opinions, prejudices and assumptions of their creators, particularly in the fields of lending and finance."
    Entrepreneur
    11/14/17
  • Chief Scientist Alan Finkel Calls For Artificial Intelligence Regulation
    "The rules have to evolve for all AI and they have to be enforced. In humanity 2.0, there are consequences for breaking the rules ... So too in AI 2.0, we need rules and consequences for breaking them. '[But] we don't want a total ban. We don't want a free-for-all. We want a forward-looking regulatory regime, with clear expectations, that gives consumers confidence that we can roll out the technology safely.'"
    Financial Review
    11/14/17
  • Deloitte: 2017 Cognitive Technologies Survey
    "Job loss? More like job shift. We also asked respondents about the impact of cognitive technologies on the workforce. The picture is, for the most part, highly positive. A significant majority of respondents say they've either added jobs related to cognitive technologies or have experienced little or no job loss arising from their cognitive projects so far—and they expect this pattern to hold over the next three years."
    Deloitte
    11/14/17
  • Report: Artificial Intelligence is Creating Jobs, Generating Economic Gains
    "Early adopters of artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive technologies are reporting strong opportunities for economic gains and job creation, according to a study released this week by consulting firm Deloitte."
    ZD Net
    11/13/17
  • Self-Driving Trucks May Be Closer Than They Appear
    "[T]he basic idea — having trucks drive themselves on highways and letting human drivers take over in complicated city environments — is something of an industry consensus. 'One of the big misconceptions about self-driving technology is that it is going to emerge and be able to drive all the time in all circumstances,' said Alden Woodrow, the product manager for Uber's self-driving truck unit."
    The New York Times
    11/13/17
  • Algorithms With Minds of Their Own
    "A better solution is to make artificial intelligence accountable. The concepts of accountability and transparency are sometimes conflated, but the former does not involve disclosure of a system’s inner workings. Instead, accountability should include explainability, confidence measures, procedural regularity, and responsibility."
    The Wall Street Journal
    11/12/17
  • When Teaching Jobless Workers New Skills Is No Panacea
    "Many of those made redundant cling, however, to the hope that they will be able acquire new skills. One of the most powerful moments in Amy Goldstein’s book Janesville describes when that hope itself starts to evaporate, three years after the 2008 closure of a General Motors factory in the Wisconsin town has forced 9,000 people in the area out of work."
    Financial Times
    11/12/17
  • Without Humans, Artificial Intelligence Is Still Pretty Stupid
    "It has become increasingly apparent over the past year that building systems without humans 'in the loop'—especially in the case of Facebook and the ads it linked to 470 'inauthentic' Russian-backed accounts—can lead to disastrous outcomes, as actual human brains figure out how to exploit them."
    The Wall Street Journal
    11/12/17
  • Rise of the Machines: Philippine Outsourcing Industry Braces for AI
    "The outsourcing industry in the Philippines, which has dethroned India as the country with the most call centers in the world, is worried that the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) will eat into the $23 billion sector."
    The New York Times
    11/09/17
  • Sean Parker Unloads on Facebook "Exploiting" Human Psychology
    "I don't know if I really understood the consequences of what I was saying, because [of] the unintended consequences of a network when it grows to a billion or 2 billion people and ... it literally changes your relationship with society, with each other ... It probably interferes with productivity in weird ways. God only knows what it's doing to our children's brains."
    AXIOS
    11/09/17
  • Self-Driving Shuttle's First Day Ends With an Accident
    "The truck's driver was determined to be at fault, according to the city of Las Vegas,and was cited by local police."
    AXIOS
    11/09/17
  • The Future Of Work: How Artificial Intelligence Will Transform The Employee Experience
    "Chatbots digitize HR processes and enable employees to access HR solutions from anywhere. Using artificial intelligence in HR will create a more seamless employee experience, one that is nimbler and more user driven."
    Forbes
    11/09/17
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