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Automation: It's a people story


When there is such a strain on skilled labor -- there are two directions it can head. Firstly, labor is stretched and doesn't perform their tasks to the adequate level. Leading to stressed and unhappy people, and businesses that lose out on opportunities due to not having people to perform the tasks. The second outcome, is the use of intelligent automation to bridge the gap in skilled labor. By deploying intelligent automation, tasks that are time consuming but low value can be performed by digital labor -- meaning that the limited human labor can take on those tasks that only a person can perform.

Automation Makes Labor More Productive


Paddy Cosgrave, Co-Founder, Web Summit and RISE, joined Doug Krizner and Bryan Curtis to discuss the health of the start-up scene in the Asia Pacific region. He sees China leading the way in AI and machine learning. He also sees potential for exciting developments in the aviation sector.

What We Often Get Wrong About Automation


When leaders describe how advances in automation will affect job prospects for humans, predictions typically fall into one of two camps. Optimists say that machines will free human workers to do higher-value, more creative work. Pessimists predict massive unemployment, or, if they have a flair for the dramatic, a doomsday scenario in which humans' only job is to serve our robot overlords. What almost everyone gets wrong is focusing exclusively on the idea of automation "replacing" humans. Simply asking which humans will be replaced fails to account for how work and automation will evolve.

Investment in construction automation is essential to rebuilding US infrastructure – TechCrunch


With the United States moving all-in on massive infrastructure investment, much of the discussion has focused on jobs and building new green industries for the 21st century. While the Biden administration's plan will certainly expand the workforce, it also provides a massive opportunity for the adoption of automation technologies within the construction industry. Despite the common narrative of automating away human jobs, the two are not nearly as much in conflict, especially with new investments creating space for new roles and work. In fact, one of the greatest problems facing the construction industry remains a lack of labor, making automation a necessity for moving forward with these ambitious projects. The residential construction industry alone had some 223,000 and 332,000 unfilled construction job vacancies at the peak unemployment rate of 15% in 2020, but that's actually about the same when unemployment was only at 4.1%.

Convenience stores address labor crunch with automation, shorter hours

The Japan Times

The major convenience store chains are opening new stores even though the nation's growing manpower shortage is making it increasingly difficult to maintain 24-hour operations.