In light of the recent announcements of Australian Car Manufacturing ending in the next few years, and commensurate loss of jobs (directly and indirectly) and changing Government support and funding for manufacturing more generally here is an interesting TED Talk by Erik Brynjolfsson on our Digital Age http://gjscomp.com/NwP6QR. Erik talks about Big Data, Robot and Machine Learning, Innovation, Productivity and its decoupling from Employment.
He makes the point, readily understood by many, and across all industries and professions that technology has resulted in the loss of many jobs globally, and this will continue unabated, which means humans have to re-skill and innovate. As he concludes his talk “Technology is not destiny, we (humans) shape our destiny“.
Erik Brynjolfsson & Andrew McAfee have authored a new book called “The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies“.
Here is a review of the Book from The Huffington Post http://gjscomp.com/1jrKQiu.