Showing posts with label Andrew McAfee. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Andrew McAfee. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Ted Tuesday- Andrew McAfee: What will future jobs look like?

Andrew McAfee gives an inspiring TED Talk on how machine age automation is making many jobs obsolete. He makes a passionate case for how education needs to change and why we also need a new economic model.

Good Morning Folks, 

According to the Brisbane Times, “Robots and computer programs could almost wipe out human workers in jobs from cooks to truck drivers, a visiting researcher has warned.”

“Driverless cars and even burger-flipping robots are among the technological advancements gunning for low-skilled jobs across dozens of industries”

“University of Oxford Associate Professor in machine learning Michael Osborne has examined the characteristics of 702 occupations in the US, predicting 47 per cent will be overtaken by computers in the next decade or two.”

Will there be jobs left for a human being?

Economist Andrew McAfee suggests that, yes, probably, droids will take our jobs — or at least the kinds of jobs we know now. In this far-seeing talk, he thinks through what future jobs might look like, and how to educate coming generations to hold them.

Andrew McAfee studies the ways that information technology (IT) affects businesses, business as a whole, and the larger society. His research investigates how IT changes the way companies perform, organize themselves and compete. At a higher level, his work also investigates how computerization affects competition, society, the economy and the workforce.

He's a principal research scientist at the Center for Digital Business at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His books include Enterprise 2.0 and Race Against the Machine (with Erik Brynjolfsson).

Says McAfee in the Ted talk that follows, "The plain facts of the machine age are becoming clear, and I have every confidence that we're going to use them to chart a good course into the challenging, abundant economy that we're creating. The robots are not going to take all of our jobs in the next year or two, so the classic Econ 101 playbook is going to work just fine: Encourage entrepreneurship, double down on infrastructure, and make sure we're turning out people from our educational system with the appropriate skills."

Have a look.

Before I go, I promised you I'd find the clip from the recent Ted 3-D printing demo that mesmerized audiences by turning a pile of goo into a thing. I added it to last Tuesday's feature and you can see it HERE.

Have a GREAT Day,

Mitchell D. Weiner
Chief Happiness Officer

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