As I continue to follow developments regarding the future of work, I recently attended an event co-sponsored by Cornell/ILR’s Institute for Workplace Studies in NYC and the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) addressing MGI’s report last Fall entitled Independent Work: Choice, Necessity and the Gig Economy. The report examines the increasing numbers of self-employed, freelance and temporary workers in the U.S. and Europe which are currently estimated to comprise 30 percent of the working-age population and rising. The report notes that many workers have chosen this autonomous path as their primary means of income, while others follow it to supplement income, and yet others have no other choice and would prefer a traditional job with fair wages and benefits. Many factors have led to the return to this pre-industrial revolution independent worker model including the recession and the emergence of The Digital Age as workers are more mobile and have increasing … [Read more...] about Shifting Obligations for Employers with Advancement of AI-driven Automation and Rise of Independent Workers
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New ways of displaying images, staying connected and organizing home and work are being launched at CES 2019 in Las Vegas, the annual consumer electronics show. CES draws together over 4,500 companies and 180,000 attendees from around the world for a celebration of technology and innovation. MicroLEDs and roll-up TVs CES is the show that first brought the world the VHS, CD, DVD and OLED, and for 2019 fans of home entertainment systems have plenty to look at, including spellbinding 8K televisions with their ultra-real images. Samsung is creating a buzz with an emerging TV technology called MicroLED, which offers a mix of scalability and multi-screen viewing never seen in this kind of product before. MicroLEDs are small versions of the screens you see at outdoor stadiums, shrunk to consumer-size for the first time. They offer a high contrast picture and the individual LEDs can be replaced should they stop working. The South Korean firm also surprised everyone by announcing it would … [Read more...] about Foldable TV screens, connected kitchens and AI-driven debating
Self-driving cars, equipped with artificial intelligence, can perhaps make ethical decisions in the face of an accident, but the outcome could be strongly influenced by opinions of engineers who wrote the software, Wired reports.“Even if a machine makes the exact same decision as a human being, I think we’ll see a legal challenge,” says Patrick Lin, director of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo’s Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group.Companies that make self-driving cars, including Google, are taking a significant risk, Lin says. “They’re replacing the human and all the human mistakes a human driver can make, and they’re absorbing this huge range of responsibility.”Also, Lin asks: Who would buy a car that opts to kill you in the event of an accident, even if it’s the most ethical decision?“No one wants a car that looks after the greater good,” he says. “They want a car that looks after … [Read more...] about If a self-driving car equipped with an AI-driven conscience gets in an accident, who’s liable?
File photo - Tank crewmen from Bravo Company “Eager Arms”, 2nd Battalion, 8th Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division maneuver a M1A2 Abrams tank during their company-level situational training exercise in preparation for Saber Strike in Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area, Poland, on June 12, 2018. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Ron Lee, 382nd Public Affairs Detachment, 1ABCT, 1CD/Released) The Pentagon is making a massive push to accelerate the application of artificial intelligence to ships, tanks, aircraft, drones, weapons and large networks as part of a sweeping strategy to more quickly harness and integrate the latest innovations. Many forms of AI are already well-underway with U.S. military combat systems, yet new technologies and applications are emerging so quickly that Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan has directed the immediate creation of a new Joint Artificial Intelligence Center. “The Deputy Secretary … [Read more...] about Pentagon makes massive new AI push for tanks, ships, weapons, drones and networks
When it comes to artificial intelligence (“AI”), or intelligence exhibited by machines, most people immediately think of cinema’s sentient computers such as HAL, Skynet, or Samantha. Although those machines are just Hollywood’s fictional creations, the underlying notion that AI will play an integral role in every aspect of our lives is very real indeed. With the exponential rate of technological change, AI will continue to affect our lives more quickly and pervasively than ever before. One area that is already being impacted is the workplace.From algorithms analyzing employee data, to computer and robotic laborers in retail and manufacturing, to the rise of the on-demand worker, AI has already disrupted how virtually every workplace operates. There is little doubt that the time to develop a workplace strategy is now. Some of the issues that organizations should consider as they introduce AI into the workplace include:HR Technology: Whether it is people … [Read more...] about AI in the Workplace: Time to Develop a Workplace Strategy Is Now