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As facts become more easily accessible, the role of the teacher is changing. Teachers of the future will need both more authority… and less authority, argues Andy Hargreaves Many of us think a lot about the future, what it will be like to live in a world of robots, a world where there’s more technology, a world where many of the existing jobs have disappeared.
Some signs of a broken work culture (or one in the process of breaking) are easier to spot than others. That’s what George Swisher has found as founder and CEO of LiiRN, an algorithmic platform that surveys employees about their workplaces and recommends ways to improve.
Britain’s manufacturing sector could unlock £455bn over the next decade and create thousands of jobs if it cracks the fourth industrial revolution and carves out a successful post Brexit future. That is the conclusion of a government commissioned review on industrial digitalisation, published today and led by industry chief Jürgen Maier, the UK and Ireland boss of German engineering giant Siemens.
We are on the cusp of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and that has given the naysayers a free pass to paint a bleak picture of an already tightening labour market. “Robots will take over our jobs!” some of the more sensational headlines these days scream.
Today is not the first time that people have worried that machines will render human labour obsolete, making a few very rich and the majority very poor. Since the Industrial Revolution, mechanization has been controversial. Machines pushed up productivity, raising incomes per capita.
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While there is clearly a market for remote workers, virtual teams, even virtual assistants, a company that offers telecommuting as a white-collar perk is just making more trouble and work for itself. When it goes well, nobody notices or cares; when it goes badly, telecommuting days are treated as vacation days.
Was it remote working that failed, or the application of an across-the-board/one-size-fits-all policy? Remote working is built on trust, and trust is built on relationship, not policy. What determines whether remote working will work is whether the management and team relationships are working.Read More
VCG/Getty In 2014, the Los Angeles Times began beating its rivals to report earthquakes, using an algorithm to convert announcements from the US Geological Survey (USGS) to breaking news within a few minutes. This June, it announced that a magnitude-6.8 quake had shaken Santa Barbara, California.
The government’s new Review on AI is a welcome reprieve from the excessive fear that hangs over automation. The UK could be a world leader in this technology, if only we let ourselves. A little over 40 years ago, the respected British mathematician James Lighthill published his government-commissioned review into artificial intelligence.