Tagged: jobs

Reading past the job-loss headlines - FutureworkNZ

Dave Heatley Jul 01, 2019

“Machines take jobs” cry the headlines. A journalist friend once said the media only publish two stories: “it’s that terrible” and “isn’t that wonderful”. “Machines take jobs” is clearly “terrible”. But its logical opposite, “machines create jobs”, is unlikely to make the grade as “wonderful”. Such selection effects mean that bad news crowds out the good. Today I’m going to … Read More

Career is a verb, not a noun - FutureworkNZ

Dave Heatley Jun 19, 2019

career (v) move swiftly and in an uncontrolled way. My good friend Mariska tells me that’s a better description of her work life than the more traditional definition… career (n) an occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person’s life and with opportunities for progress. In the interests of science, and despite the small sample size, I thought I’d … Read More

Is the future of work happening now? - FutureworkNZ

Guest Author May 20, 2019

Nik Green   Many people worry about the impact of new and emerging technologies like robots and artificial intelligence on the number and quality of jobs. But we tend to overlook how frequently the labour market changes in the ordinary course of events, and the role that technology plays in this change. We can see these developments in a couple of … Read More

Artificial intelligence: Flourish with change - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Oct 16, 2017

Newshub decided to do an “AI” piece today. Expect much more of this kind of “filler” piece. They will go thus… “X says AI will take all our jobs, Y says AI will save us.” These pieces are about as well informed and informing as a lump of 4×2 – good for propping up a slow news day, … Read More

Life as PhD student - Just So Science

Elf Eldridge Jul 08, 2012

As PhD students, we often don’t do a great job communicating a lot of things: our science, what supervision we want, what our dreams for our field and research are, or how we feel about our job prospects. After playing Pounamu at the Transit of Venus forum, another failure of communication came to my attention: the failure to … Read More