Weekly Curated Collection of Articles – Twitter Hits


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  • Jackson, Peter, “What urban flight means for the future of work”, Fast Company, 31-Dec-2020, https://www.fastcompany.com/90588535/what-urban-flight-means-for-the-future-of-work – White-collar work is a pillar of the big city, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, that pillar might be crumbling. We may not be facing a mass exodus, but many urbanites have already packed their bags and headed to greener, less crowded pastures. And if they haven’t moved already, those that remain may not be far behind.


  • Ellison, Jake, “108 Million Americans Can’t Do Their Jobs From Home”, World Economic Forum”, 03-Jul-2020, https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/07/american-jobs-covid-19-employment/ – Study finds that about three-quarters of US workers, or 108 million people, are in jobs they cannot do from home during a pandemic, putting these workers at increased risk of exposure to disease. The majority of these workers are also at higher risk for other job disruptions such as layoffs, furloughs, or hours reductions.


  • Peetz, David, “Can Government Actually Predict the Jobs of the Future?”, The Conversation, 26-Jun-2020, https://theconversation.com/can-government-actually-predict-the-jobs-of-the-future-141275  – In Future of Work research, several things are clear. The further you look ahead, the less useful the present is as a guide. This is especially the case in employment because, in a quickly changing world, technology is hard to predict and changing consumption patterns even harder.





  • Sung, Patty, et al., “The Twin Trends of Aging and Automation: Leveraging a tech-empowered experience workforce”, MMC, 2019, https://www.mmc.com/content/dam/mmc-web/insights/publications/2019/nov/AA2FINAL.pdf – This report applies a corporate lens to the intersection of aging and automation, arguing that companies must seek to integrate the experienced workforce into their broader strategy to reach greater success.


  • Smialowski, Joseph, “Turning Point”, AWWEW, 23-May-2020, https://awwew.com/2020/05/turning-point/ – When historians write the history of this period, they will describe the 2020s as a decade of reconstruction, transformation, and new beginnings. In short, a turning point.







  • Smialowski, Joseph, “The Road to Autarky”, AWWEW, 12-Apr-2020, https://awwew.com/blog/ – Reflections on the three “black swan” events that have occurred in the past twenty years, i.e., 9/11, Financial Crisis of 2008, and Covid-19, and their common characteristics.










  • Vontobel, Marc, “AI’s Key To True Intelligence Is Learning How To Forget”, TNW, 13-Jan-2020, https://thenextweb.com/podium/2020/01/13/ais-key-to-true-intelligence-is-learning-how-to-forget/ – One of the things that make the human brain so incredible is how it is able to rapidly re-learn and replace knowledge. It helps people process new information and make decisions more effectively. While it may sound counter-intuitive, AI needs to learn to forget to become more intelligent.



  • May, Kathryn, “Five game changers that could shape the future of work”, Policy Options, 30-Dec-2019, https://policyoptions.irpp.org/magazines/december-2019/five-game-changers-that-could-shape-the-future-of-work/ – A lot of organizations are struggling with the “future of work” question and a lot of innovation is needed there…It is the nut that needs to be cracked in the coming years to efficiently be able to bring people from the old economy into the new economy. This article discusses five “game changers, “which could transform work, the very character of the economy, and social programs underpinning the economy.



  • Childers, Chandra, et al., “Geographic Mobility, Gender and the Future of Work”, Institute for Women’s Policy Research, December 2019, https://iwpr.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/C487_Geographic-Mobility-FOW.pdf – This report focuses on the increasing level of inequality in the distribution of economic opportunity in the U.S. and declining geographic mobility of workers.







  • Ioannou, Lori, “Jim Goodnight, the ‘Godfather of A.I.,’ Predict the Future Fate of the U.S. Workforce”, CNBC, 5-Nov-2019, https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/04/godfather-of-ai-predicts-the-future-fate-of-the-us-workforce.html – As artificial intelligence becomes a mainstream tool for business, Goodnight notes how it has evolved to help in forecasting with the development of neural networks that mimic the way the human brain operates. Over the next decade, advancements in computer vision will make robots more sophisticated and transform the workplace.


  • Miller, Katharine, “The 2010s Broke Our Sense of Time”, BuzzFeed News, 27-Oct-2019, https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/katherinemiller/the-2010s-have-broken-our-sense-of-time – The 2000s were a bad decade, full of terrorism, financial ruin, and war. The 2010s were different, somehow more disorienting, full of molten anxiety, racism, and moral horror shows. Maybe this is a reason for the disorientation: Life had run on a certain rhythm of time and logic, and then at a hundred different entry points, that rhythm and that logic shifted a little, sped up, slowed down, or disappeared, until you could barely remember what time it was.


  • Kasriel, Stephanie, “Biggest US cities losing hundreds of workers everyday, and even more should be fleeing”, CNBC, 17-Oct-2019, https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/16/biggest-cities-in-us-are-losing-hundreds-of-workers-every-day.html – Insiders know that more people today are discontent living and working in the traditional tech hubs — New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area and Boston — than ever before. Among the reasons, skyrocketing housing costs, pricey childcare, the crowds and relentless traffic. Sometimes the local culture isn’t a fit or they want to be nearer to family.


  • Gopnik, Alison, “The Ultimate Learning Machine”, Wall Street Journal, 12-Oct-2019, https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-ultimate-learning-machines-11570806023 – The problem is that algorithms are beginning to bump up against significant limitations. They need enormous amounts of data, only some kinds of data will do, and they’re not very good at generalizing from that data. Babies seem to learn much more general and powerful kinds of knowledge than AIs do, from much less and much messier data. In fact, human babies are the best learners in the universe. How do they do it? And could we get an AI to do the same?











  • Tytler, Russell, “100 Jobs of the Future”, Deakin University, 26-Jul-2018, https://100jobsofthefuture.com/report/100jobsofthefuturereport-SCREEN.pdf – This research focuses on a predictive construction of ‘100 jobs of the future’, that go beyond generalities of trends and skills, and offer a grounded, but complex and imaginative projection of future work.



  • Spross, Jeff, “Your Grandpa Wouldn’t Have Been Impressed By Amazon’s Plan to Retrain Workers. Neither Should You”, The Week, 15-Jul-2019, https://theweek.com/articles/852340/grandpa-wouldnt-have-been-impressed-by-amazons-plan-retrain-workers-neither-should – A recent report found that all business spending on training has been cut by half since the mid-2000s. More specifically, worker training that was paid for by an employer fell 42 percent over that time period, and on-the-job training fell 36 percent … working Americans have been left to fend for themselves: to learn new skills on their own time, and to pay for it out of their own pocketbooks.


  • Schumpeter, “Will a Robot Really Take Your Job”, The Economist, 07-Jul-2019, https://www.economist.com/business/2019/06/27/will-a-robot-really-take-your-job – The finding—that 47% of American jobs are at high risk of automation by the mid-2030s—comes from a paper published in 2013 by two Oxford academics, Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael Osborne … That is, Mr. Frey stresses, “definitely not what the paper says”.


  • Reder, Libby and Stephens, Rachael, “Creating a Future of Work Commission: One Step States Can Take to Prepare for the Future of Work”, The Aspen Institute, 29-Jun-2019, https://www.aspeninstitute.org/blog-posts/creating-a-future-of-work-commission/ – To prepare for the challenges around the changing nature of work, stakeholders from across each state—including policymakers, businesses, labor, educational institutions, and workers—need to develop a shared understanding of the challenges and opportunities, as well as develop policy and regulatory responses to prepare the workforce for the future.


  • Ark, Tom Vander, “12 Trends Killing College”, Getting Smart, 25-Jun-2019, https://www.gettingsmart.com/2019/06/12-trends-killing-college/ – Does college still matter? The Department of Education makes the case that college is more valuable than ever, but averages and projections hide the rapid loss of faith in higher education as the escalator to the middle class.


  • Metz, Cade, “DeepMind Can Now Beat Us at Multiplayer Games, Too”, New York Times, 01-Jun-2019, https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/30/science/deep-mind-artificial-intelligence.html – Researchers report that they had designed automated “agents” that exhibited humanlike behavior when playing the capture the flag “game mode” inside Quake III. These agents were able to team up against human players or play alongside them, tailoring their behavior accordingly.



  • Smialowski, Joseph, “This Time Is Different”, The Innovation and Workforce Discontinuity Initiative, 20-May-2019, https://awwew.com/2019/05/this-time-is-different/ – While a school of thought suggests innovation will provide an abundant source of new jobs, the long-term U.S. labor market trend indicates paid labor as a percent of the GDP will continue to decline, with further diminishment of human labor as a driver of economic value.





  • Simon, Matt, “The Robots Want To Steals (The Boring Parts Of) Your Job”, Wired, 22-Apr-2019, https://www.wired.com/story/erik-rynjolfsson-robots-steal-boring-parts-of-your-job/ – What is happening is that the machines are taking parts of jobs, which isn’t anything new in the history of human labor: Humans no longer harvest wheat by hand, but with combines; we no longer write everything by hand, but with highly efficient word processors. Still, this new wave of automation could hurt really bad if we’re not careful.



  • Heborn, Daniel, “UBI Is Moving Into The Mainstream”, CEO Magazine, 01-Apr-2019, https://news.theceomagazine.com/news/ubi-growing-support-yang-finland/– To its advocates, UBI could help usher in a happier, healthier new era of humanity. To its detractors though, it is an ill-conceived utopian folly. TheCEO Magazine spoke to the experts for an in-depth look at UBI.


  • Copestake, Jen, “How Pope Francis Could Shape the Future of Robotics”, BBC, 25-Mar-2019, https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-47668476– In the Renaissance splendor of the Vatican, thousands of miles from Silicon Valley, scientists, ethicists and theologians gather to discuss the future of robotics.


  • Casey, Marcus and Nzau, Sarah, “Robots kill jobs. But they create jobs, too.”, Brookings Institute, 18-Mar-2019, https://www.brookings.edu/blog/up-front/2019/03/18/robots-kill-jobs-but-they-create-jobs-too/– The future of work and the workforce will depend on the balance between labor replacing technologies, those that supplant human brawn or rote repetition, and labor reinstating technologies, that generate new tasks at which humans have a comparative advantage.





  • Seseri, Rudina, “What an American Artificial Intelligence Really Needs”, Tech Crunch, 19-Feb-2019, https://techcrunch.com/2019/02/18/what-an-american-artificial-intelligence-initiative-really-needs/– If the government wants to demonstrate its support for AI, it needs to commit significant funding and investment in education to retain, attract and grow the talent necessary to support such a critical industry that has the potential to define our future and truly increase American competitiveness.
  • Roesler, Zach, “This is how AI in video games will change the future of work”, World Economic Forum, 14-Feb-2019, https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/02/ai-beat-professional-gamers-at-starcraft-ii-here-s-why-that-matters/– The recent victoryof DeepMind’s artificial intelligence (AI) over professional gamers in StarCraft II, may prompt many to wonder why Google’s parent company, Alphabet, is investing hundreds of millions of dollars … beyond the gaming environment and is expected to be replicable in many aspects of society.



  • Roose, Kevin, “The Hidden Agenda of the Davos Elite”, New York Times, 27-Jan-2019, https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/25/technology/automation-davos-world-economic-forum.html– In public, many executives wring their hands over the negative consequences that artificial intelligence and automation could have for workers … But in private settings, these executives tell a different story: They are racing to automate their own work forces to stay ahead of the competition, with little regard for the impact on workers.



  • Pring, Ben, “Why Humans Will Remain Central To The Future Of Work”, World Economic Forum, 10-Jan-2019, https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/01/why-humans-will-remain-central-to-the-future-of-work/– After 45 years of broad emphasis in the Western world on economic efficiency, we have reached a point where social discontent is again one of the most pressing issues facing private and public sector leaders … placing the means of production in the hands of ever more people is the surest route to … social harmony that is important to elites and non-elites alike.


  • Dormehl, Luke, “With New Autonomous Train, Australia Is Now Home To The World’s Largest Robot”, Digital Trends, 05-Jan-2019, https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/robot-train-australia/– Rio Tinto, an iron ore mining company, recently launched its fully automated rail network: a series of mine-to-port trains able to run completely free from human intervention.



  • Roethler, Eva, “Buzzwords: Digital Nomad”, Comstock’s, 21-Dec-18, https://www.comstocksmag.com/article/buzzwords-digital-nomad– A true digital nomad must conduct their business in a way that they can access their assets from anywhere and still show up for the job — though “showing up”’ is open to a digital interpretation.


  • Rao, Anand, et al., “2019 AI Predictions – Six AI Priorities You Can’t Afford To Ignore”, PWC, 15-Dec-2018, https://www.pwc.com/AI2019– Most executives know that artificial intelligence (AI) has the power to change almost everything about the way they do business — and could contribute up to $15.7 trillionto the global economy by 2030. But what many business leaders don’t know is how to deploy AI, not just in a pilot here or there, but throughout the organization, where it can create maximum value.




  • Griswold, Alison, “Amazon Is Hiring Fewer Workers This Holiday Season, A Sign That Robots Are Replacing Them”, Quartz, 05-Nov-2018, https://qz.com/1449634/amazons-reduced-holiday-hiring-is-a-bad-sign-for-human-workers/– Amazon is staffing up for the holiday rush with around 100,000 additional hires. As big as that number sounds, it’s actually fewer people than the e-commerce giant added in either the 2016 or 2017 holiday seasons, when it brought in 120,000 additional workers.


  • Castellanos, Sara, “AI Guru Andrew Ng on the Job Market of Tomorrow“, Wall Street Journal, 27-Oct-2018, https://www.wsj.com/articles/ai-guru-andrew-ng-on-the-job-market-of-tomorrow-1540562400 – The c0-founder of Google’s deep-learning research team on the promise of a conditional basic income, the need for a skills-based education system and what CEO’s don’t understand about artificial intelligence.


  • Schwartz, Samuel, “How Autonomous Vehicles Will Reshape Our World”, Wall Street Journal, 19-Oct-2018,https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-autonomous-vehicles-will-reshape-our-world-1539871201– Everything around us will be altered by autonomous vehicles- our roads, our warehouses and even our definition of what a car can be. Say goodbye to four wheels and a running board; the cars of the future will barely resemble the vehicles choking our cities today.



  • Helfstein, Scott, “Investing in Artificial Intelligence and Automation”, Morgan Stanley, 07-Oct-2018, http://www.morganstanley.com/ideas/artificial-intelligence-and-automation?cid=229402660:427803484:106379193– The emergence of intelligent machines, sometimes known as “the fourth industrial revolution,” has the power to disrupt many aspects of the business world. While investment in AI and machine learning has come in and out of vogue since first discussed in the 1950s, the current mix of economic forces could unleash a wave of spending.



  • Schellmann, Hilke and Bellini, Jason, “Artificial Intelligence: Robots Are Now Hiring”, Wall Street Journal, 23-Sep-2018, https://www.wsj.com/articles/artificial-intelligence-the-robots-are-now-hiring-moving-upstream-1537435820– Nearly all Fortune 500 companies now use some form of automation — from robot avatars interviewing job candidates to computers weeding out potential employees by scanning keywords in resumes. And more and more companies are using artificial intelligence and machine learning tools to assess possible employees.




  • Gupta, Sarita, et. al., “It’s Not the ‘Future of Work, It’s the Future of Workers That’s in Doubt”, American Prospect, 02-Sep-2018, http://prospect.org/article/its-not-future-work-its-future-workers-doubt– Driven by an ideological embrace of “creative disruption and destruction” and supercharged by the fusion of Wall Street’s financialization of the economy with Silicon Valley’s techno-monopolies, this profoundly destabilizing version of capitalism is reshaping every aspect of the economy.




  • Second Earth Labo, “The Future of Work”, Medium, 16-Aug-2018, https://medium.com/second-earth/future-of-work-virtual-reality-second-earth-c09bfb9b1bc6– The digital nomad work style is becoming more and more well-accepted as a result of the growing gap between increasing demand for a larger workforce and the chronic problems brought about by urban development, such as traffic jams and congestion of public spaces which now occur in many cities.






  • Dickson, Ben, “7 Surprising Companies Where You Can Work On Cutting-Edge AI Technology”, TNW, 08-Jul-2018, https://thenextweb.com/artificial-intelligence/2018/07/05/companies-work-ai-technology/– an increasing number of industries and domains are waiting to be disrupted and enhanced by machine learning and deep learning, but there are a number of exciting organizations worth exploring if you’re interested in using your AI chops to develop game-changing technologies.





  • Kochan, Thomas, “AI Integration – A Better Approach”, Brink, 11-Jun-2018, http://www.brinknews.com/ai-integration-a-better-approach/– The most striking innovations—such as autonomous driving, fully automated manufacturing, and home care delivered by robots—combine robotics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. These technologies are not separable anymore, but integrated, and need to be considered in its whole when developing digital strategies.





  • Karsten, Jack, “Will the Future of Work be a Utopia or Dystopia”, Brookings Institute, 14-May-2018, https://www.brookings.edu/blog/techtank/2018/05/14/will-the-future-of-work-be-a-utopia-or-a-dystopia/– looking ahead, the American economic and political systems is at a crossroads: one path leads to a utopia with a more inclusive society, more leisure time, and culture; the other leads to a dystopia with high unemployment, inequality, and no guaranteed social benefits … society must change to reflect the changing nature of work and employment.



  • Boss Editorial Team, “The Future of Work is Human + Machine”, Boss Magazine, 02-May-2018,  https://thebossmagazine.com/human-machine-workforce/– To be able to successfully navigate the future of work, companies and employees will need to act in ways that help ensure human + machine adds up to a sum greater than its parts.






  • Creighton, Jolene, “Michio Kaku Has Some Powerful Predictions for the Future”, Futurism, 28-Mar-2018, https://futurism.com/michio-kaku-prominent-futurist-predictions/– simple tasks done by humans are beyond what a robot can do, but, as the decades go by they will become smarter, and might become dangerous, and even replace humans.











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