McAfee, Andrew. Are droids taking our jobs? TED Talks. September 4, 2014.
This TED talk addresses the reality of where technology is going and how it will impact our labor force. It starts off with a discussion on GDP trends related to profits, investment and employment from 1995 to 2011. It then moves into analyzing the future of the gap between labor and jobs and how the gap is increasing. The speaker shares with the audience the term digital knowledge workers and provides multiple examples of where this is happening. The examples include; translation capability, automation in article writing and the dawn of the autonomous car. He concludes that “yes” droids are taking our jobs as we know them to be.
The speaker presents the audience with his view on digital optimism. He brings up the concept of what happened in the industrial revolution and the impact the steam engine had on multiplying the power of human muscle. He relates this impact to the advancement in technology replacing human brain power. The statement was made that economies run on ideas. He discussed how technology can help us do the repetitive thinking so we as humans can work on generating valuable ideas. Innovation is moving toward being open, inclusive, transparent and merit based. In fact, innovation is the most powerful and fundamental work that we can do in the future. We need to lead ourselves and the workforce in this direction to succeed and thrive.
The research was done by Andre McAfee, a principal research scientist at MIT. He focuses on developing studies on how digital technologies are changing business, the economy, and society. He is also the author of the best seller, The Second Machine Age...work progress and prosperity in a time of brilliant technologies. This research demonstrates that leaders must be able to foster innovative thinking in the organizations that they lead. They must be able to encourage a mentality of constant idea sharing and make innovation open, inclusive, transparent and merit based. Leaders of the future must be able to ingrain the idea sharing mentality into the DNA of the culture of the organization they lead.
Link to full TED Talk - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMF-Z74C1QE
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