The future of work in America: People and places, today and tomorrow

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The US labor market looks markedly different today than it did two decades ago. It has been reshaped by dramatic events like the Great Recession but also by a quieter ongoing evolution in the mix and location of jobs. In the decade ahead, the next wave of automation technologies may accelerate the pace of change. Millions of jobs could be phased out even as new ones are created. More broadly, the day-to-day nature of work could change for nearly everyone as intelligent machines become fixtures in the American workplace. Until recently, most research on the potential effects of automation, including our own, has focused on the national-level effects. Our previous work ran multiple scenarios regarding the pace and extent of adoption. In the midpoint case, our modeling shows some jobs being phased out but sufficient numbers being added at the same time to produce net positive job growth for the United States as a whole through 2030.


The future of work in America: People and places, today and tomorrow

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The US labor market looks markedly different today than it did two decades ago. It has been reshaped by dramatic events like the Great Recession but also by a quieter ongoing evolution in the mix and location of jobs. In the decade ahead, the next wave of automation technologies may accelerate the pace of change. Millions of jobs could be phased out even as new ones are created. More broadly, the day-to-day nature of work could change for nearly everyone as intelligent machines become fixtures in the American workplace. Until recently, most research on the potential effects of automation, including our own, has focused on the national-level effects. Our previous work ran multiple scenarios regarding the pace and extent of adoption. In the midpoint case, our modeling shows some jobs being phased out but sufficient numbers being added at the same time to produce net positive job growth for the United States as a whole through 2030.


It's Time for a C-Level Role Dedicated to Reskilling Workers

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Although corporate leaders have talked about skills gaps for years, the spread of automation and artificial intelligence is prompting some of the biggest companies -- including Amazon, JPMorgan Chase, SAP, Walmart, and AT&T, to name just a few -- to take action, not with small pilots but with comprehensive plans to retrain large segments of their workforces. These programs signal that the "future of work" is no longer an event on the distant horizon. Our latest research finds that the occupational mix of the economy is already shifting in ways that will accelerate over the next decade. Although we estimate that only 5% of all occupations can be fully automated, the activities in nearly all jobs will evolve. As intelligent machines take over many physical, repetitive, or basic cognitive tasks, the work that remains will involve both more technical and digital skills and more personal interaction, creativity, and judgment.


Wired for the Future

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Phoenix feels like a young, robust optimistic city. We're cited for our rapid growth, with a blooming startup community, a growing technology sector, and increasing numbers of the telltale coffee shops, artist's communities, and farm to table dinners that are the artifacts of knowledge workers. Our population is growing at a staggering rate and cranes rule above downtown as space is made for new business. At the same time, a large portion of our residents work for lean hourly wages and eke out a marginal living in the service, hospitality and retail trades (those at McDonald's and at pre-schools make the same $10.50 an hour). At ShiftLabs Phoenix, we grappled with how the booming metro region can ensure that workers on either end of the income scale, and those in between, have access to the opportunities that automation is bringing to cities and towns across America.


How Skilling The Workforce About AI Useful For Smart Cities?

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The workforce is not just the backbone of a business but also of the economy of a city. It is said that if the workforce is highly skilled, it could significantly impact the growth of an economy. Undoubtedly, this factor is another opportunity for cities to transform into smart cities. This is the rising era of artificial intelligence. And according to reports, if businesses leverage the benefits of AI for a competitive edge, they could gain a unique position in the marketplace.