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  • Robots Need Not Apply: Human Solutions in the Skills Revolution
    "Eighty six percent of employers globally say their headcount will increase or remain flat in the next two years because of automation"
  • Reworking the Revolution
    "Intelligent machines are revolutionizing every aspect of our lives. Leading businesses are successfully using artificial intelligence (AI) to improve productivity. But to achieve superior rates of growth, and to create a new wave of employment, they must now apply AI in more innovative ways."
  • Proposed Legislation Could Thwart Arizona's Artificial Intelligence Efforts
    "Sen. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, wants to make it a crime to use any computer or software that conceals its real identity 'to simulate or impersonate the action of a human.'"
  • When Artificial Intelligence Comes for White Collar Jobs, Will People Revolt?
    "The limits of a computer's abilities have been not only a technical debate for some time, but also a philosophical one. There are of course some limits on what computers can do, like feel emotion, but 'unless you believe in supernatural forces even within human beings… there's no reason why anything that you can think couldn't ultimately be done by a computer,' Toyama said."
  • Meet Your New Boss: An Algorithm
    "There is evidence computers may be better suited to some managerial tasks than people are. Humans are susceptible to cognitive traps like confirmation bias. People using intuition tend to make poor decisions but rate their performance more highly, according to a 2015 University of New England analysis of psychological studies."
    The Wall Street Journal
  • Robots Aren’t Killing Jobs Fast Enough—and We Should Be Worried
    "Today, the composition of jobs is relatively stagnant. Atkinson and Wu say this is because true innovation is at an ebb…. The lack of new technology has hurt labor productivity, the researchers argue, and it is one of the reasons wages have risen so little since 1980."
  • Will Artificial Intelligence Become Conscious?
    "Conscious machines would also raise troubling legal and ethical problems. Would a conscious machine be a “person” under law and be liable if its actions hurt someone, or if something goes wrong?... They’ll be able to gather more information than a human, store more than many libraries, access vast databases in milliseconds and compute all of it into decisions more complex, and yet more logical, than any person ever could."
    The Conversation
  • Building an Effective Human-AI Decision System
    "An effective human-AI decision system should have access to large numbers of people with expertise in the problem being addressed, not only across the overall organization but beyond, since complex problems increasingly involve collaborations across multiple institutions. It would then use machine-learning-like AI algorithms to assemble the appropriate teams with the expertise required to address a particular complex problem, and provide them with the right tools to securely share data and ideas"
    The Wall Street Journal
  • Jobs Lost, Jobs Gained: Workforce Transitions in a Time of Automation
    "Enough jobs are created in the [United States] (along with growth in new occupations) to offset both automation and the growth in labor force."
    McKinsey Global Institute
  • A.I. Will Transform the Economy. But How Much, and How Soon?
    "Three new reports combine to suggest these answers: It can probably do less right now than you think. But it will eventually do more than you probably think, in more places than you probably think, and will probably evolve faster than powerful technologies have in the past."
    The New York Times
  • 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."
  • 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."
  • 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.'"
  • 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
  • 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."
  • 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."
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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