Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Does technology destroy jobs?

a post by Graham Attwell in the CareersTalk blog

The argument over whether technology creates or destroys jobs has been going on for as long as I can remember. Only yesterday [was 17 May 2015] John Naughton, in an article entitled “We are ignoring the new machine age at our peril”, worried about the impact of self driving cars and other technology on the future of employment. Naughton argued that there are “radical discontinuities that nobody could have anticipated”, driven by “combinatorial” effects of different technology trends coming together.

These, he said, include: “the near-infinite computing power provided by Moore’s law; precise digital mapping; GPS; developments in laser and infrared sensor technology; and machine-learning algorithms plus the availability of massive data-sets on which to train them.”

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