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.
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.