EMMA COALITION SUPPORTS WASHINGTON STATE’S GROUNDBREAKING REPORT ON THE FUTURE OF WORK

The Emma Coalition, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to preparing American businesses and government for the coming TIDE™ (the technology-induced displacement of employees), announces its support of the 2019 Policy Report released by Washington State’s Future of Work Task Force. The report, “Exploring and Developing Policies for Shared Prosperity among Washington’s Businesses, Workers, and Communities,”…

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New Report says AI is coming for White-Collar Jobs

A new report from the Brookings Institution finds that white-collar workers will also be affected by AI continuing its push into the workplace. The report, “What jobs are affected by AI? Better-paid, better-educated workers face the most exposure,” concludes that while automation will impact “routine” functions associated with blue-collar work, AI and machine learning are…

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People game hiring processes they know are carried out by an AI

New research into job-seeker attitudes to digitization, automation and AI in the recruitment process claims to reveal how job-seekers are cheating recruitment technology platforms, to better their chances of landing a job. The study, Hiring Humans vs. Recruitment Robots, identified several tactics used by survey responders. Of the tactics used, just over a fifth (22…

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Workers Are Worried Robots Will Steal Their Jobs. Here’s How to Calm Their Fears

While most people understand that A.I. is intended to cut out boring, repetitive parts of what they do, many are fearful of being replaced that they’re unwilling to hand over their drudge work to an algorithm. To address these anxieties, PwC launched a campaign two years ago to train its entire workforce of more than…

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A face-scanning algorithm increasingly decides whether you deserve the job

Designed by the recruiting-technology firm HireVue, the hiring system uses candidates’ computer or cellphone cameras to analyze their facial movements, word choice and speaking voice before ranking them against other applicants based on an automatically generated “employability” score. More than 100 employers now use the system, including Hilton, Unilever and Goldman Sachs, and more than…

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The Future of Warehouse Work: Technological Change in the U.S. Logistics Industry

According to a new report by the UC Berkeley Labor Center, automation will not wipe out warehouse jobs, but will make them harder. While some technologies could alleviate the most arduous tasks of warehouse work (such as heavy lifting), this likely will be coupled with attempts to increase the workload and pace of work, with…

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Federal Reserve Chair Says Automation May Worsen Inequality in Future

At a recent Federal Reserve event in Kansas City, Chair Jerome Powell suggested that workplace automation could exacerbate inequality in the coming decades. Powell pointed to the challenging “distributional consequences” of some work being performed much more efficiently and cheaply through automation. “The concern that you raise has always been the case, going back years…

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Automation Trends May be Widening Racial Wealth Gap

A new report from McKinsey suggest that the adoption and implementation of AI and automation by U.S. companies could further widen the racial wealth gap. With companies having already invested an estimated $20 – $30 billion in artificial technologies, McKinsey’s research shows that African Americans could be most affected by the disruptive forces of automation…

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AI in HR Under the Microscope in California

Alastair Mactaggart, who spurred the enactment of the California Consumer Privacy Act with a ballot initiative, has submitted a new measure regarding AI. The initiative would require companies to disclose to California residents when they are the subject of automated “profiling.” Employers would further have to disclose to California residents “meaningful information about the logic…

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McDonald’s Using Google, Alexa A.I. for Recruiting

McDonald’s is now accepting job applications via digital assistant. It starts off when you turn to your device and yell: “[Alexa or Google], help me get a job at McDonald’s.” Then the app will ask for personal data (such as your location); at the end of the process, it will send you a text with…

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