Rutger Bregman, a precocious historian and author of bestselling book Utopia for Realists, shared a memorable anecdote about automation: several decades ago, Henry Ford’s grandson gave Walter Reuther, the president of the United Automobile Workers, a tour of Ford’s new automated facilities. In jest, Ford asked Reuther, “Walter, how will you get these robots to pay your union dues?” The union leader replied, “Henry, how will you get these robots to buy your cars?”
Busted Cubicle focuses on issues that affect American workers, including the industries disrupted by automation; careers on the rise for the iGen (i.e., the post-Millennial generation); and the varied forces transforming the U.S. employment landscape.
A number of people have wished me good luck when I tell them what I’m doing. It doesn’t come from elected officials or anyone representing a public agency, of course. It’s usually from those affected, advocates, or people I’m interacting with throughout my day at coffee shops and bars.
Some resources for returning veterans are government-funded like the U.S. Veterans Affairs, which operates around the country and helps vets access and enroll in healthcare. Other resources come from private organizations and nonprofits at the local or national level, offering assistance in easing into civilian life.
It’s hard to leave the office when the office is nothing more than your laptop and your phone. How do you disconnect cognitively when you’re working on deadlines rather than a concrete set of working hours? How do you disengage emotionally when work is less structured—and less secure—than a typical office job?
When the call to prayer rings out and echoes along the steep curved streets of this massive city, through the cafes, shops, mosques, and galleries, you can look out onto the Bosphorus and see why Istanbul has been a major player in the events of world history—and why it still is.
Politics may make the international headlines, but you’d be forgiven for forgetting they exist once entering Ukraine. Modern cafes, exotic restaurants, and a thriving expat culture could have you drawing comparisons to Krakow, Prague, and Berlin.
Bali may well be the world capital for telecommuters now. It’s easy to understand why: when you can do your job from anywhere, why not pick an island paradise?
Welcome to our new series, Work/Life, which aims to shine a light on the psychology of work and its influence on the workplace and the future of work. Nine out of ten employees are willing to earn less for greater meaning at work—but what makes a job meaningful? And how can we create more meaningful jobs?
My new life was the complete antithesis of my previous one. It started on the path of surrender and non-striving. Instead of aggressively creating and chasing goals, I spent 18 months listening to my own instincts, surrendering to myself and the world around me, and allowing signs on my path to guide my way forward.
Experts project that we will need 70 percent more food than is consumed today by 2050. We need an agricultural revolution if we hope to sustain our staggering numbers, and automation might just be the ticket.
Automation and artificial intelligence (AI) are changing how we do everything, from manufacturing cars to diagnosing disease. While it is relatively easy to envision robots in a factory, do they have a role in more creative fields, like journalism? Yes—to a certain extent. Here’s how.
Situated between Russia, Iran, and Turkey, the Western-leaning country of Georgia could be called the hip part of a rough neighborhood. Beaches, mountains, deserts, forests, wine, and a temperate climate—this was once known as the California of the USSR.
Thanks to advancements in learning technology, institutional collaboration, and smart devices, AI in the classroom is expected to grow by 47.5 percent between 2017 and 2021. It is difficult to predict to what extent AI will affect students’ day-to-day experiences, but based on the technology already at work, experts suggest it could notably improve educational accessibility, equity, and outcomes.
Much of workplace automation of today is the kind that improves workplace efficiency, helps serve customers and clients better, and completes routine tasks, freeing humans up for more complex work. For instance, some banks are using bots—or sets of smaller programs that have specific functions—to scan loan documents, spot inconsistencies in numbers or formatting, and automatically correct them.
The rapid evolution of healthcare AI is not only very real, but dramatic. Let’s look at how the technology is shaping global healthcare for practitioners and patients.
Busted Cubicle is designed for people who want to work non-traditionally—whether it’s through telecommuting, starting one’s own company, pursuing a career outdoors, or negotiating for a more flexible arrangement with a current boss.
Self-driving vehicles promise a major disruption in how we go about our daily lives. Autonomous vehicles offer several benefits, but for the millions of workers who might be displaced by them, they are a threat.
For some programmers, the inevitability of automation can be worrisome—and perhaps not unjustifiably. Currently, machine learning is rapidly improving to the point where machines are outperforming humans on routine, repetitive tasks such as coding.
Many legal experts believe there are too many human factors that even the smartest AI can’t duplicate. This includes being able to adapt to the changing conditions of a case; to decide which case or client needs more priority at any given point in time; or to come up with the most persuasive arguments in the courtroom.