Category: Automation

Public Policy Can Curb the Negative Effects of Automation

Researchers, economic developers, and politicians are concerned about how automation will affect the workforce. By looking at other times in our history where automation has advanced rapidly, we can learn what worked and what didn’t and use that knowledge to address future automation challenges. 

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Automation is a Bigger Threat to Women Than Men

The focus of the automation debate has been about how it will affect traditionally male dominated industries, like driving or manufacturing, but research shows that automation poses a larger threat to female workers.

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How to Help Workers in the Transition to Automation

Approximately 36 million workers will be affected by automation in future decades. How can we prepare our workforce to work alongside and with automation, rather than lose workers to robots?

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Site Selection Trends in the Technology Industry

This article was originally published in Trade & Industry Development.

By Chris Engle, Principle, Avalanche Consulting

The technology industry has become one of the most dominant drivers of the U.S. economy today, as it permeates more aspects of consumer life and business strategy. Urgency now exists for companies to identify the best technology workforce to ensure dominance in their field. Despite low levels of unemployment, there is still fear that technology and automation will soon start to displace workers at levels never before seen (at least those tasks that can be automated). When Marc Andreessen famously said in 2011, “Software is eating the world,” he could have continued the sentence with, “and is coming to eat your lunch.”

Defining the technology industry is difficult in the age of pervasive ecommerce and business process optimization. This article reviews trends in new technologies and how they are changing the competitive landscape for technology producers – those industries such as software development and electronics manufacturing that deliver the technology products that everyone uses. It will also discuss trends in technology workforce, both where they are located today and where top technology graduates can be found. Finally, the article will offer strategic insights to help technology companies as well as technology-driven companies find their best locations for long-term success. Continue reading “Site Selection Trends in the Technology Industry”

How to Prepare for the Future of Work

The prediction that a significant number of jobs will be lost due to automation is frightening for many workers and employers, but this means it’s more important than ever to prepare our future workforce for in-demand skills.

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Preparing for the Future of Work Means Embracing Automation

Increasing automation is intensifying the fear that jobs currently performed by humans will be taken over by robots in the future, but by focusing on the skills humans have that robots lack we can prepare today’s workforce to cooperate with robots in the future.

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