Non-Technologists Agree: It’s the Technology
MARCH 12, 2014
Two papers came out last year that examined important issues around jobs and wages. Both are in top journals. Is this because of globalization?
Even Sweatshops are Getting Automated. So What’s Left?
MAY 22, 2014
However, this doesn’t appear to be the case. Nike’s financial results show that this strategy is paying off so far. by industrialization).
Technology Spending Is On Its Way Down. Or It Isn’t. Or It Doesn’t Matter.
SEPTEMBER 3, 2014
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.
If There Was Already an Ocean of Data in 2007, How Much is there Now?
JUNE 2, 2014
Inspiration came from Randall Munroe’s fantastic “ What if ?” ” (check out his 2o14 TED talk and pre-order the “What if?”
Technology’s Real Benefits (Hint: They’re Not Economic)
MAY 3, 2013
This is both a really important question, and one that misses the point. And for a while there, we could. No one knows exactly why. Astonishingly well.
The Clearest Trend in the American Workforce Is Not an Encouraging One
AUGUST 14, 2014
It’s been a while since I posted data on US employment trends, so here’s a chart created with FRED’s snazzy new graphing interface.
The New Millennium’s Downward Ramp of Jobs
JUNE 13, 2014
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.
To Understand Where We’re Headed, Read This Essay Written 64 Years Ago
MAY 23, 2013
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
NOVEMBER 26, 2013
He talked about research he’s been conducting with Jennifer Pan and Margaret Roberts about the nature and practice of censorship in China today.
The Virtuous Cycle of Existing Theory and Big Data
OCTOBER 3, 2013
just learned via Facebook and Business Insider (!?!?) could look at them all day. Stay tuned; this is going to be wild.
The Path to Better Decisions, in One Cute Graph
MAY 30, 2013
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?
Even If Grandma Embraces Her Robot, Should We Fear It?
JULY 29, 2014
Zeynep Tufekci ‘s recent piece “Failing the Third Machine Age: When Robots Come for Grandma” has been getting some attention.
The Myth of the Myth of Technological Unemployment
JANUARY 23, 2013
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
NOVEMBER 19, 2013
“When a sage dies all are his kin and should mourn the passing.” ” – The Talmud. wish his work got the attention it deserves.
A Data Scientist You’ve Never Heard of Is Now the Master of Your Domain
MARCH 2, 2012
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?
Pirates Play Databall, Purge Postseason Drought
SEPTEMBER 27, 2013
The Pittsburgh Pirates are in baseball’s playoffs for the first time since 1992. It was built around data, analysis, and organizational change.
Why Should We Care About Rising Inequality?
MARCH 6, 2013
I’ve been asked this question by a few people recently, none of them hardhearted let-them-eat-cakers. Economic Reasons. Societal Reasons.
Big Data: Running out of Metric System…
OCTOBER 31, 2012
I recently came across two very different pieces of evidence showing how big a deal big data is. How fast are they exploding?
Technological Unemployment: Not Just for the US
SEPTEMBER 10, 2012
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?
One More Industry Where Employment is Dropping as Output Rises
APRIL 24, 2013
” 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
Why My Next Car Needs to be LESS Digital
NOVEMBER 26, 2012
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.
The Pathetic Pundit Playbook
NOVEMBER 9, 2012
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 Seen the Future of Retail…
DECEMBER 27, 2011
… 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
Tim O’Reilly on Putting Labor Back Into the Economy
MARCH 14, 2012
Under the title “ Create More Value Than you Capture ” he shared his insights on a wide range of topics with the audience. workers behind.
Waze to Acquire Knowledge
SEPTEMBER 4, 2012
The cabbie won handily. In 2010 Prof. No matter; the cabbie again crushed him in a cross-London journey. Any takers?
Go Where the Data Take You, Even If It’s to New Jersey…
AUGUST 15, 2013
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.
How to Talk to Your Keynote Speaker
NOVEMBER 15, 2013
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.
The Modern Mantra: “Instrument, Analyze, Tune”
MAY 17, 2013
An interesting article by James R. ’ An instrumented process throws of mountains of data, which can be used for three main purposes.
Let’s Stop Kidding Ourselves and Start Innovating in Education
OCTOBER 23, 2013
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.
Free and Cheaper: The World’s Best News
APRIL 17, 2012
The speed with which our economies and societies are digitizing continues to astonish. ” Data and devices are, too. We just have more data.”
Google+ and the Unsettled World of Social Media
JULY 13, 2011
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
JUNE 1, 2011
What have been the biggest stories since human civilization began? We domesticated animals, learned to farm, and founded cities. What do you think?
The Second Machine Age and the Velvet Underground
DECEMBER 12, 2014
Today we got the happy news that The Second Machine Age was named one of the best books of the year by Bloomberg.
How Much are Free Goods Worth? A LOT.
NOVEMBER 12, 2012
Here’s the money slide from Erik’s Brynjolfsson’s presentation earlier today at the Techonomy 2012 conference.
The Costs of the Cloud: Double-Check Me on This, Would You?
OCTOBER 5, 2012
But that doesn’t mean that the cloud is cheaper now , or that it’s currently the cost-effective choice for young and small companies.
I Have Glimpsed the Future of Commercial Aviation. There Were Fewer Workers There.
FEBRUARY 26, 2014
Even though it seems Lufthansa has had its ‘Quick Boarding’ gates up and running since 2003, today was the first time I experienced one.
Recent Trends in Labor Intensity. Or, the History (and Future?) of Steady Work in the US
JANUARY 17, 2012
Instead of looking at productivity as output per hour worked (the usual measure) I instead looked at output per worker. This surprises me a bit.
New Jobs Data, Same Old Story…
MAY 9, 2013
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.
The Shrinking Lump of Labor
AUGUST 20, 2012
” 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
A Geek Technologist’s Summer Reading List
JULY 5, 2013
know I’m forgetting a bunch of great ones, so leave a comment, please, and tell us what else should be on the list.