Every now and again I like to provide examples of cool things that are happening. Without further ado, let’s dive in….
- This may seem like a broken record (millennials: this means “repetitive”), but the rate of change in technology is increasing, and will continue to increase. It’s one thing for you and I to be amazed. The fact that the researchers closest to these leaps are so amazed tells us a lot.
- The poker story isn’t about “technology”. It’s about machine learning (the ability for computers to use massive amounts of data to get smarter faster) and AI (artificial intelligence, which executes the resulting tasks in a “smart” manner).
- While I leave the politics out of this blog (I have a few columns I have written for a local newspaper under Published Columns, above), it is obvious that manufacturing job loss in recent decades has largely been driven by greater productivity (driven largely by automation and supply chain efficiencies), not poorly negotiated trade agreements. AI is coming fast, and will exert a massive impact on employment.
- Note this is not a U.S. thing. This will affect all countries. I read this article where deportees from the US are being recruited to staff call centers in El Salvador due to their US backgrounds and ability to use/understand common idiomatic English. Yet when you look at the rise of chatbots and other forms of AI, you can see a future where we will need to call customer service much less than we do today. Thus, jobs in El Salvador are reduced.
Change is happening faster everyday. There’s no need to panic, but there is need to prepare.