The coming productivity boom


Brief and incisive
Bullet point deconstruction.
It’s almost Haiku.



(Closest thing to clapping)

  1. for the money
  2. for the show
  3. to get ready

If I remember right it was Thatcher who invented the annoying practice of always having three points, even if everything beyond the first was superfluous.

#124 … irst-shift … super-rich

#125 … -attacked/ … tacks.html


Deep learning is hitting its limitations, the robocalypse is cancelled 8DD … 1826082ac3


Good article, thank you! Now how do we stop those who are already invested in the bandwagon continuing to waste resources on dead ends?

#128 … robot-myth


I wonder does this have any connection with falling productivity, not sure myself


There isn’t a single bullshit job in the rte hands series. Lots of hard jobs, physically hard but no do nothing work


Jobs are being lost in manufacturing and primary production, where humans are productive, but less productive than machines and displaced to being created in low end services, where often neither humans nor machines can possibly be productive, because many of the jobs are fundamentally useless.

If you really want to see productivity growth per hour of human labour as a result of automation, the way to get it is through mass unemployment. :smiley:

The blunt truth is that humans are worse than machines at most jobs that are worth doing. :smiley:


Anna is an actual AI powered data scientist … 4c960788de


Anna is almost certainly an actual crude machine learning decision tree operating very fast. Anna is almost certainly programmed to answer the sample questions better than Watson and fed better data to do it. Watson is also almost certainly a crude machine learning decision tree. … real_yeah/


The interesting thing to take away from all this is not that machines can think, but that much of the time, humans don’t need to. It’s amazing how far humans can get away with just operating as crude organic learning decision trees, particularly in professional affairs. That’s why even something as dim as a typical AI can end people’s careers. :laughing:


:slight_smile: Well, that is certainly true of the robots HR employs -


So AI is stupid … but not quite as stupid as the people it replaces? :smiley:


No, it’s a bit dimmer but works 24/7, doesn’t take sick days, sleep with co-workers, bring egg sandwiches in for lunch or bitch about parking…


When is AI not AI? When it’s just a buzzword to get VC funding


Amazon replacing boxing operatives with robots

From RTÉ News is rolling out machines to automate a job held by thousands of its workers - boxing up customer orders.
The company started adding technology to a handful of warehouses in recent years, which scans goods coming down a conveyor belt and envelopes them seconds later in boxes custom-built for each item, two people who worked on the project told Reuters.
Amazon has considered installing two machines at dozens more warehouses, removing at least 24 roles at each one, these people said. These facilities typically employ more than 2,000 people.
That would amount to more than 1,300 cuts across 55 US “fulfillment centres” for standard-sized inventory.


Two in five Irish jobs will be affected by automation in the coming years, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar warns

“It’s estimated that over the course of the next two decades, two out of every five jobs in Ireland are likely to be impacted in some way by automation - but some will cease to exist.

“There are positives with the spread of new technology with the creation of new occupations, and I believe the next generation must be given the skills to seize these opportunities and technologies and understand their significance from an early age.

“We must find a way of charting the correct course, and develop future actions.”

Mr Varadkar’s speech echoed what much data and research has been heralding in recent years.

Latest figures from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said 14% of jobs in developed countries are highly automatable, while 32% are likely to experience significant changes to how they are carried out.

Its report warned automation is most likely to affect jobs in the manufacturing industries and agriculture, although service careers like postal and courier services, transport and food services are also highly vulnerable.

Closer to home, research by University College Cork concluded the jobs most at risk from automation in Ireland are office and secretarial support, process plant operators, and roles in agriculture and customer service.

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