As the farm labor shortage grows worse, some farmers are turning to automated harvesting machines and other robotic technology to carry out the tasks of pruning, seeding and weeding. Robotic harvesting vehicles are currently being piloted in Florida and California to pick strawberries and repla...
Anyone following developments in the American workplace over recent years has likely noted the growing level of concern about a "robopocalypse." And estimated 50 percent of today’s jobs could be automated by 2055, according to a recent report from McKinsey Global Institute. But you don't have t...
A recent survey shows that 94 percent of U.S. workers — across all industries — are confident that their jobs will NOT be replaced by automation. This optimism was one of the most surprising findings in the new NPR/Marist poll. Typical among the responses was the assured mood of  Chris Beat...
In a world full of anxiety about the loss of jobs to automation, Sweden has positioned itself to embrace the new technology without threatening its workers. Sweden’s famous social welfare system makes this a place where few people are fretting about automation — or much else, for that matter....
The most popular explanation for the steep rise in inequality over the last four decades is developments in technology. As the story goes, technology increased demand for sophisticated skills while diminishing the need for manual labor. This explanation has the advantage over competing views -- l...
What are the jobs of the future? How many will there be? And who will have them? In the award-winning book Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future   Martin Ford argues that as technology continues to advance and machines increasingly tend themselves, fewer humans will be ...
Jobs requiring less education run a high risk of automation, according to the PwC report. Yet U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin believes the prospect of robotics replacing American jobs is so remote “it’s not even on my radar screen.” Over one third of U.S. jobs may be at “high risk”...
The first week in the new Trump White House kicked off with a breakfast "listening session" including major American business executives. For the most part President Trump promised traditional Republican incentives of lower taxes and less regulation. But the conversation also included threats to im...
How should we address job loss caused by automation? Offer a universal basic income? Put the brakes on technological development? Cut back on the workweek? Provide more education — or change the very nature of education? Raise the minimum wage — or lower it? These questions are becoming more and...
You may have heard this week that Amazon.com will open a brick-and-mortar grocery store early in 2017 called Amazon Go. If successful, the  formerly online-only retailer would corner even more of our shopping dollars by siphoning business from traditional supermarkets and big-box stores. But why...