Just To Keep You Thinking

“There is no more powerful force to change every institution than the first generation of digital natives. The world, including business, will hinge on a new set of principles” Don Tapscott

“The internet as a noun has become the internet as a verb. It has become a set of conversations. An era in which user-generated content and social networks became the dominant phenomenon” Philip Evans

“The self as we once knew it no longer exists, and I think that an abstract, digital universe has become part of our identity” Abha Dawesar

 

“Technology is the seventh kingdom of life. And we have a moral obligation to invent technology so that every person on the globe has the potential to realize their true difference” Kevin Kelly

“If you don’t treat humans as special, if you don’t create some special zones for humans – especially when you are designing [or integrating] technology – you’ll end up dehumanizing the world. And what we have done in the last decade is give information [and data] more rights than are given to people” Jaron Lanier

“The greatest task before civilisation at present is to make machines what they ought to be, the slaves, instead of the masters of men” Havelock Elis

1220HSL | There Is Always More Than One Side To A Story …
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23 Jul There Is Always More Than One Side To A Story …

Hi Guys. Within Lecture Three were some angles that strongly argued that technology and automation will replace human jobs and subsequently wreak havoc on the middle class. Here is one example of that …

 

“Those who study the matter believe that something in the order of one-half of existing jobs will be eliminated in the coming one to two decades, and that no sector will be immune to automation. In 2014 another CEO announced at Davos that most traditional white collar jobs were also on the digital chopping block. And no one foresees any new employment sectors opening up that are sufficient to swallow the displaced workers or the hundreds of millions of people entering the work-force across the planet. Not even close”

 

But in keeping with the nature of this course – of critical inquiry and debate – there always being more than one side to the story – and a chance for you to develop your own truth – I wanted to share a few articles with you that counter such claims (these links have also been added to the Lecture Three content area):

 

  • ‘Sorry but Amazon Isn’t Actually Annihilating Retail Jobs’ Geoffrey A. Maine & Jennifer Maclean. Check It Out Here
  • ‘Automation and Anxiety – Will smarter machines cause mass unemployment’ Michael Morgenstern. Check It Out Here
  • ‘Where machines could replace humans – and where they can’t (yet)’ Michael Chui, James Manyika, Mehdi Miremadi. Check It Out Here

 

Important Note: These extra articles are not assessable and do not form part of your quiz next week. They are offered just to keep you thinking and to help you when you start to write.

Talk soon. Jason.

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