Automation Replaced 800,000 Workers, Then It Created 3.5 Million New Jobs
The problem is that, often, the only thing these oversimplifications get right is that there is an important connection between automation and work. A Deloitte study of automation in the U.K. found that 800,000 low-skilled jobs were eliminated as the result of AI and other automation technologies. Get this: 3.5 million new jobs were created as well, and those jobs paid on average nearly $13,000 more per year than the ones that were lost. Positive, worker-friendly outcomes like this illustrate a more complete range of possibilities for automation. Not just the capacity for creative work, but the ability to reimagine what jobs might look like in the near future and beyond. To that end, here are three examples of companies using automation to create jobs and help their leaders develop better businesses. The Marlin Steel factory in Baltimore is a classic case of automation driving innovation. Drew Greenblatt, CEO and owner of Marlin Steel, credits automation with not only providing a lifeline to the company but to its employees as well. The company’s success suggests yet another positive side effect of automation: the opportunity for companies to enter into higher-margin product lines. Staying competitive means always finding a new edge, a differentiator that inspires people to choose your company over the next. Boxed could’ve laid off the workers whose jobs were automated. After spending millions of dollars to bring AI and automation to its fulfillment processes, Boxed could have cut costs if it had simply laid off the workers whose jobs were automated. According to a recent study, 10,000 new AI jobs will be created in the U.S. this year alone. The disruptive nature of automation is forcing a conversation about the best ways to use AI tools. AI and automation help us implement those solutions once we discover the answers.
Automation in Construction
This issue is In Progress but contains articles that are final and fully citable. A GBMO-based PIλDμ controller for vibration mitigation of seismic-excited structuresOriginal Research Article. The efficiency of the PIλDμ controller is compared with LQR, FLC and PID controller. The PIλDμ controller mitigates the seismic responses as much as 29%, 27% and 15% better than the LQR, PID controller and FLC. Not entitled to full text. Design-by-analogy: A characteristic tree method for geotechnical engineeringOriginal Research Article. Pages 13-21ZhiJia You, HouLi Fu, Jian Shi.HighlightsThe characteristic tree analogy method was proposed. A decision support system was developed based on the characteristic tree analogy method. Planning and developing facility management-enabled building information modelOriginal Research Article. A simple method for combining fire and structural models and its application to fire safety evaluationOriginal Research Article. Development and application of a wireless MEMS-based borehole inclinometer for automated measurement of ground movementOriginal Research Article. Optimal cut-fill pairing and sequencing method in earthwork operationOriginal Research Article. A direct load control strategy of centralized air-conditioning systems for building fast demand response to urgent requests of smart gridsOriginal Research Article. Stochastic Petri net-based modelling of the durability of renderingsOriginal Research Article. An approach to combining related notifications in large-scale building management systems with a rehabilitation facility case studyOriginal Research Article. Tunnel structural inspection and assessment using an autonomous robotic systemOriginal Research Article.
McKinsey: automation may wipe out 1/3 of America’s workforce by 2030
Last week, we reported on the phenomenon of the working homeless – people who have jobs but live in a car, in a shelter, or any place they can. Dave Oberting, Code4Life: It’s very rare to be working full time and be homeless at the same time. That’s why governments don’t track it very well – because it is thankfully extremely rare. The poverty rate nationally for people who work full time is less than 3%. But the working homeless, the marginally attached to the workforce, the underemployed, and the part-timers who want full-time work all share the same affliction – a lack of skills. With rare exceptions, your salary is generally commensurate with the amount of value you add to your employer. If you’re making minimum wage, that’s a signal that you need to upgrade your skills. Forget college – the future is about the acquisition of higher level skills, by whatever means necessary. A computer programmer is just a modern-day carpenter. Zachary Wensink: It would be interesting to look into the barriers that keep the working homeless from moving to an area where they can afford housing, with the same skill set. I live in Sheboygan County, Wis., where the economy is booming and employers are desperate for workers, and I have a hard time figuring out why there are these disparities. William N. Moore: The working homeless anomaly will continue until the affordable housing supply exceeds affordable housing demand. This is an old problem that housing developers have not addressed. Sleeping in an automobile is an unpleasant experience. I recently saw a gentleman washing his feet in the men’s room at a Target Store.