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38 items in WORKFORCE AUTOMATION

UK data set from Office of National Statistics but interesting reading for all. Seniority seems to provide insulation from automation, even if the occupation is the same - is there a case to be made for climbing the career ladder as quickly as possible, now? Brainfood for sure - take a look at the report here
Issue #129 published 23 Apr 2020
Interesting survey results from Deloitte Insights on worker expectations of automation. Generally, everyone confident and optimistic that automation will augment human work, not make it obsolete. We all suffer from outcome bias
Issue #176 published 23 Apr 2020
Meaning human beings with responsibilities for robot workers. Fascinating conjecture based on research by Gartner on the rapid adoption of robots across industries - who will be responsible for the robot workforce? Not sure it’s going to be HR, but perhaps it is something we should embrace. Brainfood for sure - have a read
Issue #175 published 23 Apr 2020
Stunning interactive storytelling from Pudding Cool, one of the new wave of data visualisation blogs out there. Truckers vs Developers compared on ‘automate-ability’. Truckers don’t fare well but likely overoptimistic on developers also I’d say. Have a play here
Issue #96 published 23 Apr 2020
Evidence on what we already know - jobs in small cities will likely be hit hardest by workforce automation. Research from NorthWestern University, presented in a decent interactive tool. The politics of the ‘left behind’ is only going to accelerate
Issue #81 published 23 Apr 2020
Interesting headline research from Oracle and the Future Workplace, especially on the regional variance. It seems the more we work with robots, the more we like them - even if they are our bosses. Easy read - check it out and have a think here
Issue #166 published 23 Apr 2020
It’s not only humans that have to fear tech unemployment - it’s also humankinds best friends are in the line of fire. Fascinating story from New Zealand on the coming redundancy of the venerable sheep dog.
Issue #171 published 23 Apr 2020
Trump is 15-20 years behind the times. There have been more tweets about Saturday Night Live than the real reason why rust belt American has suffered economic decline. Will robots be the next bad guy to get the blame?
Issue #16 published 23 Apr 2020
Fascinating report from McKinsey Global Institution on the distribution of job displacement by automation. Key insight? population in areas most at risk, are least willing or able to move. The website is great, and you can also download full report here
Issue #145 published 23 Apr 2020
Automation is a C-Level Issue
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The bosses want the robots, but the workers are less enthusiastic. The tension between the two will shape the future of organised labour. Easy reading research from the Economist - download the PDF here
Issue #145 published 23 Apr 2020
Of Robots and Men
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Excellent essay from Enrique Dans on the history of workforce automation. Workers will initially fear it - maybe even sabotage it - but it will lead to increased productivity in the end. 
Issue #28 published 23 Apr 2020
The question has moved beyond whether this is happening. It’s about what we’re going to do about it. Some dystopian reading to start you off with.
Issue #26 published 23 Apr 2020
As workforce automation begins to move from fringe concern to mainstream news, data analysis is catching up to what has been evident on the ground in local communities. This report from the St Louis Fed tracks the potential connection between robot adoption vs %age of population employed in routine manual jobs in the US rust belt.
Issue #164 published 23 Apr 2020
Amazing gif of a warehouse in China where an army of self charging robots sort 200,000 parcels per day, 24/7. The few humans in attendance (maybe 3?) are reduced to placing parcels on top of the bots to deliver. Soon, they’ll be gone too. We’re on the cusp of an economic revolution folks. 
Issue #27 published 23 Apr 2020
Robots are coming for everyone, including Germany where precision engineering remains a mainstay of Europe’s strongest export economy. The widgets are still going to be made, but more than ever, it will be done by other machines. 
Issue #51 published 23 Apr 2020
Warnings about job-stealing robots miss the other automation crisis: in warehouses, call centers, and other sectors, intelligent machines are managing humans, and they’re making work more stressful, grueling, and dangerous.
It’s ‘automated management’ and it’s already here. Long, important read
Issue #178 published 23 Apr 2020
How To Program Your Job
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When workers automate their own duties, who should reap the benefits? Ethical dilemmas abound in this fascinating long read from The Atlantic, which presents the perspective from ‘self-automator’s’, the people who’ve automated their own jobs.
Issue #104 published 23 Apr 2020
Before you freak out, the video is fake. But it’s not far away as Amazon has those patents and the financial muscle to make it happen. It’s still a stunning video of the near and inevitable future - take a look here.
Issue #130 published 23 Apr 2020
The next industrial revolution is poised to rewire the global workforce. We need to be having the post jobs conversation now argues Moshe Vardi, Professor of Computer Science at Rice University.
Issue #12 published 23 Apr 2020
Fascinating story on some internal processes at Amazon’s fulfilment centres, measuring performance by amount of time ‘on task’ and firing those who fall beneath the bar. Is this worse than being fired by a human boss? Intuitively, it’s a yes, but. then….why? Worth brainfood.
Issue #133 published 23 Apr 2020
The Real Story of Automation
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 Scott Santens tracks the historical trends of workforce automation. Turns out, robots have been with us for a long time, just hiding in plain sight. It’s time we realised where we’re headed. 
Issue #56 published 23 Apr 2020
Driving trucks is the most individually popular jobs in the majority of the States in the US. Automation is going to have huge socio-political implications, as this handy map from Axios will show
Issue #21 published 23 Apr 2020
‘Professions’ will be the next to go, maybe at the same time as truck drivers. We’re going to see a squeeze on white and blue collar, at the same time. Have we got a plan? We don’t have a plan. 
Issue #21 published 23 Apr 2020
Interesting survey results from Deloitte Insights on worker expectations of automation. Generally, everyone confident and optimistic that automation will augment human work, not make it obsolete. We all suffer from outcome bias
Issue #176 published 23 Apr 2020
The Amazon Go employee-free retail experiment might be run foul of certain  laws in the US but the idea of a 100% human free shopping experience won’t go away, especially in China. Huawei opens its first smart unmanned store in Wuhan to usher in the new decade - and perhaps the inevitable future of on-premise retail.
Issue #169 published 23 Apr 2020
“Everything we did, you could program a robot to do it.”. Not tweets, because yellow peril is easier. 
Issue #15 published 23 Apr 2020
Taxi lobbyists battling Uber ask New York State Governor Cuomo to ban autonomous vehicles for 50 years. The New Luddites are here


Issue #15 published 23 Apr 2020
Xenophobic nationalism based on the promises made by venal politicians on a future that cannot be delivered. No politician has a plan for workforce automation. Certainly no politician is tweeting about it. We’re in trouble folks. 
Issue #15 published 23 Apr 2020
There are no dramatic plant closings, and no easy solutions. But blaming ‘the other’ is a well established vote winner. Political piece on peak jobs, Donald Trump and the future of employment. 
Issue #15 published 23 Apr 2020
Interesting headline research from Oracle and the Future Workplace, especially on the regional variance. It seems the more we work with robots, the more we like them - even if they are our bosses. Easy read - check it out and have a think here
Issue #166 published 23 Apr 2020
Japan is routinely fascinating but this story from the Economist describes a possible future for all of us when there is a surplus of human labour in the advent of AI / automation. Will we become like the police in Japan - overmanned, over officious, inventing crimes for want of things to do? Have a read and let me know what you think….
Issue #147 published 23 Apr 2020
The technical potential for automation differs dramatically across sectors and activities. Mckinsey - of course - have a framework for analysing which jobs are going to go. Long read with a bonus infographic they want you to download (to be fair, it’s pretty good)
Issue #20 published 23 Apr 2020
Warnings about job-stealing robots miss the other automation crisis: in warehouses, call centers, and other sectors, intelligent machines are managing humans, and they’re making work more stressful, grueling, and dangerous.
It’s ‘automated management’ and it’s already here. Long, important read
Issue #178 published 23 Apr 2020
HumanVSMachine
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This is a cool twitter bot which tweets exclusively about other bots, specifically ones that are directly replacing humans at work. It’s a visual exploration of the world of automation and well worth a follow folks. 
Issue #50 published 23 Apr 2020
We’re all over the map in predicting what AI + Automation will do to jobs, so how very handy of MIT to compile the relevant studies into single chart, complete with links to the primary sources. One to bookmark folks. 
Issue #70 published 23 Apr 2020
For now, Amazon’s the 300K+ workers are mostly safe as much of the stowing and picking of items, which require fine motor skills and discernment, is done by human brains and hands. That is changing, however, as robots become increasingly more sophisticated.
Issue #14 published 23 Apr 2020
What a 19th-century rebellion against automation can teach us about the coming war in the job market. The lesson: even optimistic projections do not deny that transition will be painful. 
Issue #14 published 23 Apr 2020
Robot Security Guards on Patrol
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It’s hardly ED209 but the creep factor is nearly as bad. Still, arguments can be made for the greater security that comes from surveillance state. Do we just need to get over our fear of these mobile CCTV’s? Maybe
Issue #97 published 23 Apr 2020