Andrew McAfee: Are Droids Taking Our Jobs?
Thanks to Liz, I found out about this great TEDxBoston talk by Andrew McAffee on robots and jobs. It’s a nice companion piece to the recent news/announcement about the automated Amazon Go grocery store.
Though McAffee’s talk is from 2012, it’s still a very eye-opening take on the role of technology, and the impact it will have on the labor force in the not-so-distant future.
In one of his examples, McAffee mentions language translation as a task that previously required a human being to perform:
The last sentence there reminded me a lot of Clay Shirky’s thoughts on Napster, Udacity, and the role of MOOCs in higher education.
McAffee’s talk is a short one, but well worth watching. That is, unless you decide to write a bot to go through the transcript for you, and send along the summary.