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How 'ban the box' policies unintentionally cause discrimination against these workers

PBS NewsHour

These papers have not been peer-reviewed, but are circulated by their authors for comment and discussion. With the NBER's blessing, Making Sen e is pleased to feature these summaries regularly on our page. The following summary was written by the NBER and doesn't necessarily reflect the views of Making Sen e. A person who can't get a job upon release from prison is more likely to break the law again. But employers don't want to hire ex-offenders -- particularly those released recently -- because as a group, they are less prepared for work life, in worse health and more likely to misbehave than non-offenders.


Machines Will Never Put Humans Out of Work

#artificialintelligence

The threat of automation is a very real one, but will robots actually end up replacing workers? It is now widely accepted that technological advances, especially ones that make machines more like humans – such as robotization or artificial intelligence – are putting people out of work and will only destroy more jobs in the future. The wealth will accrue to those who own the machines, not to what's known as the middle class today. There's some good news for humans, though: The evidence of our displacement by machines is sketchy, and we should be able to adjust to the new technological era if we put our minds to it. Eric Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology labeled this "the great decoupling": according to them, advances in productivity, mainly driven by the development of digital technology, and the resulting economic growth, no longer cause employment and workers' incomes to rise.



Little kid answers honestly when asked why we need families

Mashable

Family is an incredibly important way to start your day. In today's episode of Kids being funny or adults lying for fake Internet points, a child explains just why human beings need families. Now of course all kids are going to have different reasons for why they think their family is important, but this kid clearly enjoys breakfast more than people. "All human beings need familiees because who will make brefist for me," the kid writes. The picture, which was originally submitted to Reddit, had some users praising the complexity of the innocent sentence.


Machines won't put us out of work

#artificialintelligence

The evidence of our displacement by machines is sketchy, and we should be able to adjust to the new technological era if we put our minds to it. OPINION: It is now widely accepted that technological advances, especially ones that make machines more like humans - such as robotisation or artificial intelligence - are putting people out of work and will only destroy more jobs in the future. The wealth will accrue to those who own the machines, not to what's known as the middle class today. There's some good news for humans, though: The evidence of our displacement by machines is sketchy, and we should be able to adjust to the new technological era if we put our minds to it. Eric Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology labelled this "the great decoupling": according to them, advances in productivity, mainly driven by the development of digital technology, and the resulting economic growth, no longer cause employment and workers' incomes to rise.