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Technology Spending Is On Its Way Down. Or It Isn’t. Or It Doesn’t Matter.

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For now I just want to highlight one graph that he included, and draw a couple additional ones. And this is what Autor believes. As he writes.

Even Sweatshops are Getting Automated. So What’s Left?

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However, this doesn’t appear to be the case. Nike’s financial results show that this strategy is paying off so far. by industrialization).

Non-Technologists Agree: It’s the Technology

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Two papers came out last year that examined important issues around jobs and wages. Both are in top journals. Is this because of globalization?

If There Was Already an Ocean of Data in 2007, How Much is there Now?

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Inspiration came from  Randall Munroe’s fantastic “ What if ?” ” (check out his 2o14 TED talk and pre-order the “What if?”

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Enterprise 2.0, Finally?

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Five years ago I published a book with that title, arguing that enterprise social software platforms would be valuable tools for businesses.

The New Millennium’s Downward Ramp of Jobs

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Recent research continues to shed light on the big trends in the US labor market. Unfortunately, many if not most of them are bad news.

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The Great Decoupling of the US Economy

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So how have we actually been doing in the US? Well, we had a bit more than  trente spectaculaires of our own. What’s going on?

To Understand Where We’re Headed, Read This Essay Written 64 Years Ago

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Norbert Wiener was at MIT legend. So he drove to his old neighborhood instead. Due to an unfortunate series of events the essay never ran.

Big Data Reveal Three Surprising Facts About Chinese Censorship

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He talked about research he’s been conducting with Jennifer Pan and Margaret Roberts about the nature and practice of censorship in China today.

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Even If Grandma Embraces Her Robot, Should We Fear It?

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Zeynep Tufekci ‘s recent piece “Failing the Third Machine Age: When Robots Come for Grandma” has been getting some attention.

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The Virtuous Cycle of Existing Theory and Big Data

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just learned via Facebook and Business Insider (!?!?) could look at them all day. Stay tuned; this is going to be wild.

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The Path to Better Decisions, in One Cute Graph

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As I was getting ready for a panel discussion on big data a little while ago I tried to think of a concise (i.e. Do you agree? If not, why not?

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The Myth of the Myth of Technological Unemployment

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He writes. Machines are replacing workers, in other words, but they’ve been doing so since the cotton gin and the spinning jenny.

In Memoriam: Chris Argyris

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“When a sage dies all are his kin and should mourn the passing.” ” – The Talmud. wish his work got the attention it deserves.

Why Should We Care About Rising Inequality?

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I’ve been asked this question by a few people recently, none of them hardhearted let-them-eat-cakers. Economic Reasons. Societal Reasons.

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One More Industry Where Employment is Dropping as Output Rises

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” This employment decline has taken place despite the fact that US financial industry profits are at an all-time high. The Wall St. Do you

The Second Machine Age and the Velvet Underground

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Today we got the happy news that  The Second Machine Age   was named one of the best books of the year by Bloomberg.

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Big Data: Running out of Metric System…

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I recently came across two very different pieces of evidence showing how big a deal big data is. How fast are they exploding?

Pirates Play Databall, Purge Postseason Drought

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The Pittsburgh Pirates are in baseball’s playoffs for the first time since 1992. It was built around data, analysis, and organizational change.

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Why My Next Car Needs to be LESS Digital

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Am I right that carmakers today have a serious technology problem with their customer-facing digital technologies? took my car in to the dealer today.

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Technological Unemployment: Not Just for the US

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In a talk I attended the other night, Larry Summers mentioned that manufacturing employment in China peaked in 1996. How much more, and how many fewer?

How to Talk to Your Keynote Speaker

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I do a lot of speaking at conferences these days. Ignore them and it might all go horribly wrong. “Hi, I’m Joe Bloggs. ” Is great.

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Let’s Stop Kidding Ourselves and Start Innovating in Education

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A new study is out from the OECD about worker skills in many countries, and it ain’t pretty for the US. To which I can only add, yuck.

The Pathetic Pundit Playbook

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In 2008, Nate Silver correctly predicted the winner of 49 of the 50 states in the US presidential election. At that time, he gave Obama a 63.7% Romney.

I Have Glimpsed the Future of Commercial Aviation. There Were Fewer Workers There.

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Even though it seems Lufthansa has had its ‘Quick Boarding’ gates up and running since 2003, today was the first time I experienced one.

The Modern Mantra: “Instrument, Analyze, Tune”

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An interesting article by James R. ’ An instrumented process throws of mountains of data, which can be used for three main purposes.

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I Have Seen the Future of Retail…

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… and it looks like this: This is the main checkout area at the Walgreens at the corner of North Avenue and Wells St. in Chicago. Do you agree

A Data Scientist You’ve Never Heard of Is Now the Master of Your Domain

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You’d imagine that Allstate is pretty good by now at predicting which kinds of cars are most likely to get into accidents, wouldn’t you?

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Go Where the Data Take You, Even If It’s to New Jersey…

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Trout should have been the AL MVP last year ( his rookie season) and is by most measures even better this year. Bane explained to Keri that.

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A Geek Technologist’s Summer Reading List

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know I’m forgetting a bunch of great ones, so leave a comment, please, and tell us what else should be on the list.

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Tim O’Reilly on Putting Labor Back Into the Economy

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Under the title “ Create More Value Than you Capture ” he shared his insights on a wide range of topics with the audience. workers behind.

Labor’s Lost Leverage

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At this point, it’ll surprise few people to learn that labor share is the red line, which has never been lower.

How Much are Free Goods Worth? A LOT.

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Here’s the money slide from Erik’s Brynjolfsson’s presentation earlier today at the Techonomy 2012 conference.

Waze to Acquire Knowledge

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The cabbie won handily. In 2010 Prof. No matter; the cabbie again crushed him in a cross-London journey. Any takers?

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The Shrinking Lump of Labor

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” And, I’ll add, even though the companies that buy these robots are part of healthy, growing industries. My guess is that their output-vs.-employment

New Jobs Data, Same Old Story…

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This explains why the red line is flat. Here’s the same graph updated with data through April. read it as telling exactly the same story.

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My Scariest Graph

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Everyone has their own candidate for ‘scariest graph of recent economic news.’ ’ Here’s mine. It’s been growing. A lot.

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Google+ and the Unsettled World of Social Media

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Like apparently all other tech geeks, I’ve been playing with Google Plus for the past week. Visual Guide to Circles in Google+ by @ross.

The One Big Story, and the Next One

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What have been the biggest stories since human civilization began? We domesticated animals, learned to farm, and founded cities. What do you think?

Why I For One Welcome Our New Robot Underlings

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Imagine a world where the robots did all the work.  In this world, everything would be a lot cheaper because labor costs would drop to zero.