Robocalypse Now? Technology, Productivity and Employment

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

His presentation was based on a paper co-written with Utrecht University economist Anna Salomons. “Is productivity growth inimical to employment?,” Previous technological innovation has always delivered more long-run employment, not less. Is the Robocalypse upon us?,

The Productivity Paradox: Digital Abundance and Scarce Genius

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Despite the relentless advances of digital technologies, productivity growth has been declining over the past decade. While technologies may advance rapidly, humans and our institutions change slowly. Why then is productivity growth so lukewarm?

Products

Clark Quinn

I don’t usually talk about products, particularly ones I’ve received as opposed to have chosen. mobile technology However, there are a couple of mentions worth making: GOOD. I won a copy of Navigon. I’d always wanted a GPS, but didn’t want to buy one, figuring they’d get outdated. I was glad to get it, as Google Maps wasn’t allowed to do turn-by-turn on the iPhone. I’ve used it a number of times, and have been very satisfied.

Solow Paradox 2.0: The Lagging Impact of Technology Advances on Productivity Growth

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Our aging economies are thus dependent on productivity gains to drive long-term economic growth , future prosperity and higher standards of living. Their average productivity growth in the 5 years between 2000 and 2004 was 2.4%. The waning of the mid-1990s productivity boom.

Continuous learning : it’s a mindset not a technology or product

Jane Hart

In this fast-moving world, we constantly need to learn new stuff. In the workplace, this is particularly important, as I showed in an earlier blog post, where Jacob Morgan talks of the future employee moving from “knowledge worker” (knowing stuff) to “learning worker” (learning new stuff).

AI and the Productivity Paradox

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, at the same time, productivity growth has significantly declined over the past decade, and income has continued to stagnate for the majority of Americans. Economists have proposed competing explanations for declining productivity growth and so far have failed to reach a consensus.” .

The Productivity Puzzle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Economic growth has two main components, productivity growth and the growth of the labor force. I ncreasing productivity is thus more crucial than ever to promote economic growth. From 1987 to 2004 US labor productivity grew at a 2.1% The Difficulty of Measuring Productivity.

Productivity and Employment (and Technology): In the Jaws of the Snake

Andy McAfee

Smart guy Jared Bernstein came to MIT yesterday and gave a talk to the seminar Erik Brynjolfsson and I are organizing on how technology is affecting the economy. It’s a graph of American labor productivity growth and employment growth for the whole post-war period.

Serving Experience As The Product

Adaptive Path

The experience is the product. Whether we talk about greeting cards, mobile apps, or vacation get-aways, the experience is the product. Many of the products we spend the most on and spend the most time with are platforms for services.) Serving experience as the product.

Global Arbitrage and the Productivity Puzzle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about The Productivity Puzzle , - namely that despite our continuing technology advances, the US and other developed economies have experienced a sharp decline in productivity growth over the past 10 to 15 years.

Technology, Marketing and Storytelling

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Digital technologies, - mobile, cloud, social, Internet of Things, big data and analytics, AI… - are transforming just about every aspect of business. In addition, technology is now amplifying the impact of storytelling on the customer experience.

The New Era of Smart, Connected Products

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

An equally optimistic view was expressed in another excellent article, - How Smart Connected Products are Transforming Competition , - published in the November issue of the Harvard Business Review by Michael Porter and James Heppelmann. . IT is now an integral part of the products themselves.

AI and the Productivity Paradox

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, at the same time, productivity growth has significantly declined over the past decade, and income has continued to stagnate for the majority of Americans. This puzzling contradiction is addressed in Artificial Intelligences and the Modern Productivity Paradox , a working paper recently published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Economists have proposed competing explanations for declining productivity growth and so far have failed to reach a consensus.” .

Cloud, Services and the Transformation of Production

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It will undoubtedly transform the information technology (IT) industry, but it will also profoundly change the way people work and companies operate. What do we mean by the production of services ? Production includes both manufacturing and ICT-enabled services.

Enterprise social technologies

Harold Jarche

I am presenting on enterprise social technologies, learning and performance at the Learning Technologies conference in London today. Office 365 productivity tools. SocialLearning Technology

Technology, Resources and Innovation

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Take that base scaffolding and then wrap a learning community around it, based on great teaching, great technology, and the power it provides. I see that technology today, in pockets. We could develop courses by ourselves pre-technology. technology standards.

Where is Technology Taking the Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I recently read Where is Technology Taking the Economy? , The first era, in the 1970s and 1980s, brought us Moore’s law and the dramatic advances in semiconductor technologies. But, as we well know, there are serious downsides to technology-based automation.

How Playing Games at Work Can Help Boost Your Productivity

Luis Suarez

all of them having been blamed, over the course of decades, for being responsible as well for people’s lack of productivity and for getting us all far too distracted from real work. But what happens *if* playing games actually makes you *more* productive?

Five emerging technologies for rapid digital transformation

Dion Hinchcliffe

The enterprise world of technology is finally catching up with the consumer world. Here are some representative examples of new enabling products for faster digital change

Technological Unemployment and the Future of Work

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Few topics are as important, - and as challenging to anticipate, - than the future of work given our justifiable fears of rising technological unemployment. One such discussion took place this past September at the The World Summit on Technological Unemployment in New York.

The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2017

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Earlier this year, Scientific American , in collaboration with the World Economic Forum , published a special report on The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2017. Off-Grid Devices Draw Drinking Water from Dry Air - “Sunlight-powered moisture-absorbing technologies are becoming economical”.

Non-Technologists Agree: It’s the Technology

Andy McAfee

Both were written by first-rate researchers, none of whom specialize in studying the impact of technology. And both came to the same conclusion: that digital technologies were largely responsible for the phenomena they examined.

Leveraging Technology

Clark Quinn

Technology is supposed to support our goals, and, when well-written, it does. Here’s the requirement from my publisher: Our production process requires minimal file formatting; do not use formatting such as fields and links, styles, page headers or footers, boxed text, and so on. Um, people, this is why we have technology: to support us in working smarter, not to go to a last-century (or worse) manual process. design meta-learning strategy technology

From Mass Production to Mass Individualism

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Technology and globalizations have significantly reduced the employment opportunities and earning of middle-skill, middle-wage jobs. All kinds of new products and services, like Airbnb, are now coming to market.

Stop Days: The Secret To Nonprofit Productivity

Beth Kanter

The video chat provided a nice opportunity to have conversation in real-time about the relationship between self-care and workplace productivity. Workplace Productivity and Well Being . The blue zone is productivity and as you can see it peaks in the morning (8-10 am) and (4-6 pm).

The Dearth of Science in Learning Technology

Clark Quinn

Over the years, I’ve looked at a lot of learning technology. First, I generally resist the ‘let me show you our product and give us your opinion’ That’s free consulting, and a very rude ask! strategy technology

The promise of technology

Euen Semple

I love technology and I love its potential to change the world. I watch most people struggling to cope, still, with even basic use of their computers, unaware of all the wonderful productivity and creative power waiting at their fingertips. Will things get easier as interfaces improve, or will technology continue to outpace most of the population causing stress, frustration, and inefficiency Don''t get me wrong.

It's All About the Business Model, - Not the Technology

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

New technology alone, - no matter how transformative, - is not enough to propel a business into the future. The business model wrapped around the technology is the key to its success or failure. Technology-enabled business models.

UX Week 2014 Keynote Josh Clark on the Future of Digital Product Design

Adaptive Path

In this interview, Josh and I talk about the current trends in digital product design, and where those trends might be heading. Josh Clark: My career path naturally didn’t begin with internet technology or mobile or multi-device stuff.

Automation Technologies and the Future of Work

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Last year, McKinsey launched a multi-year study to explore the potential impact of automation technologies on jobs, organizations and the future of work. “Can we look forward to vast improvements in productivity, freedom from boring work, and improved quality of life?,”

The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2016

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For the past several years, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has published an annual list of the Top Ten Emerging Technologies that would likely have the greatest impact on the world in the years to come. The technologies on the list are not new.

Technological Unemployment: Not Just for the US

Andy McAfee

Even though hourly manufacturing labor costs in China are only 4% of those in the US, it’s still attractive for Chinese factories to replace people with technology over time.

Workplace Productivity

Tony Karrer

One of the favorite quotes I used to use during presentations was Drucker - The most important contribution of management in the 21st century will be to increase knowledge-worker productivity. Complexity of Productivity for Knowledge Work Productivity is defined as: the ratio of the quantity and quality of units produced to the labor per unit of time For some knowledge workers, we can reasonably define things this way. eLearning Technology.

Technology and the Future of Media

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Most everyone will agree that advances in information and communication technologies (ICT) are radically transforming the business landscape. Production: the bundling of different content into a final market-ready product, - a newspaper, TV schedule, cable package or DJ’s playlist.

Modernising Classroom Training through Technology (Online Workshop)

Jane Hart

This workshop looks at how to modernise classroom training through the integration of technology. So why not actively encourage participants to make use of them in training in a productive way and at the same time increase participation and engagement in the training room?

Become a More Productive, Empathetic, Creative Person With the Help of AI-Based Tools

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Despite dramatic advances in technology, most of the world’s economies have been stuck in a long period of slow growth and slow productivity. Schrage’s approach has been more influenced by behavioral economics than by technology or algorithmic advances.

Text-to-Speech eLearning Tools - Integrated Products

Tony Karrer

These products promise to automate the process of adding audio to eLearning thereby streamlining and accelerating the production of eLearning courses. In the next post we'll discuss the requirements of voice modulation and pronunciation for these products. eLearning Technology.

Technology Integration in K-12

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I was asked, I''m curious as to what you think the three most important things for new teachers to know about technology integration in k-12? The exact technology doesn''t matter much, and has evolved over the years, from the days of email mailing lists, to community bulletin boards, to social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. That''s because of the question you asked, which focuses on new teachers and technology integration in the classroom.

Global Arbitrage and the Productivity Puzzle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about The Productivity Puzzle , - namely that despite our continuing technology advances, the US and other developed economies have experienced a sharp decline in productivity growth over the past 10 to 15 years. So far, though, economists have failed to reach consensus on the causes of the productivity growth slowdown or indeed the relative significance of the various arguments,” wrote McKinsey.

Technology’s Real Benefits (Hint: They’re Not Economic)

Andy McAfee

A couple recent articles, one in the WSJ by Dennis Berman and one in the NYT by Eduardo Porter , have raised the question of why all the amazing technologies we have these days aren’t showing up more strongly in the productivity and GDP growth statistics.

The Myth of the Myth of Technological Unemployment

Andy McAfee

Over at Slate, Matt Yglesias has a post titled ‘ The Myth of Technological Unemployment ‘ accompanied by a graph showing that hours worked in the US have been rising and falling in lockstep with output. ” Again, that looks like technological unemployment.

A Growing Backlash Against the Relentless Advances in Technology?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Given the relentless impact of technology-based innovation on just about all aspects of society, I like reading the views of different people on the subject, especially those outside my own worlds of technology and business.

[liveblog] Data & Technology in Government

David Weinberger

Part of the importance of this is that students at the Kennedy School are agitating for a much strong technology component to their education on the grounds that these days policy makers need to be deeply cognizant of the possibilities technology offers, and of the culture of our new technology development environment. Tomorrow there is an afternoon of discussions sponsored by the student-led Technology for Change group. Todd Park, White House Technology Advisory.