Andrew Yang’s pledge to protect voters from automation is hitting home

Yang’s message to provide $1,000 a month universal basic hitting home is resonating with voters. Yang’s position isn’t that automation is a menace on the horizon, it’s that automation is here and people need help now. Source: Venture Beat

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New MIT Report on AI and the “Work of the Future”

MIT’s 2019 report on the Work of the Future found that automation will have a profound effect on how people work but inequality and job loss are not inevitable byproducts. According to MIT Sloan professor Thomas W. Malone, director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, both hype about AI’s immediate potential and fear about…

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Gen Z Is Already Afraid Automation Will Eat Their Jobs

Just about everyone, it turns out, is afraid that automation is going to erase their jobs, even the youngest. A survey of 500 18- to 23-year-olds (Generation Z) conducted by Lucid Research found that the majority (57 percent) are worried automation will negatively impact their jobs, and about a quarter of them said that they…

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Opinion: Why American Workers Need to Be Protected From Automation

Presidential candidate and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is calling for a robot tax for corporations displacing humans, and creating a federal agency to oversee automation. Mayor de Blasio’s proposed agency – the Federal Automation and Worker Protection Agency (FAWPA) – would create a permitting process for any company seeking to increase automation…

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) Stats News: 120 Million Workers Need To Be Retrained Because Of AI

In the next three years, as many as 120 million workers in the world’s 12 largest economies may need to be retrained or reskilled as a result of AI and intelligent automation. Forecasts estimate that the worldwide market for AI systems will reach $97.9 billion in 2023, up from $37.5 billion in 2019. Spending on…

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AI Is Coming for Your Favorite Menial Tasks

As AI gets better at performing routine tasks traditionally done by humans, only stressful ones will be left. The work experience could suffer. Fred Benenson, Former vice president at Kickstarter believes that as AI gets better at performing the routine tasks traditionally done by humans, only the hardest ones will be left for us to…

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Robot priests can bless you, advise you, and even perform your funeral

Will robots displace our society’s spiritual leaders? Like other clergy members, Mindar, a new robot priest, can deliver sermons and move around to interface with worshippers. While not AI-powered, the robot’s creators say they plan to give it machine-learning capabilities which will enable it to tailor feedback to worshippers’ specific spiritual and ethical problems. Source:…

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New York State Creates Group to Study Effects of Artificial Intelligence and Robots

On Wednesday, July 24, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation into law establishing the New York State Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation Commission. The commission will be tasked with studying the possible economic impact of AI and automation, its capability for disruption as well as its potential as a driver for business, among other things. In…

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Automation Continues to Reshape the Face of Work

It seems almost every day we are presented with more evidence that automation is having profound consequences on the nature of work in America—in expected and unexpected ways. In a report issued at the end of June by Oxford Economics, researchers estimated that up to 20 million manufacturing jobs could be replaced by robots—roughly 8.5% of the global…

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Technological unemployment risk is real, new group warns

Technological unemployment is a looming threat to the U.S. workforce, argues Michael Lotito, a prominent labor law attorney. But with the unemployment rate at a 50-year low, it’s not easy to convince people of it, he admits. Lotito is president of the Emma Coalition, a newly formed, nonpartisan group that is backed by the National…

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