Amazon still seems hell bent on turning workers into robots – here’s a better way forward – David Spencer in the Conversation
Professor David Spencer has written a new article for The Conversation about ongoing strikes by Amazon workers protesting about pay, long hours and surveillance systems.
From farm, to factory, to fork: how do we ensure good food and good work through technology?
Cassandra Bowkett and Huw Thomas consider how the adoption of digital technology can lead to good work in the food manufacturing and farming sector.
Employers’ responses to the end of free movement: the rhetoric and realities of automation
Chris Forde and colleagues consider whether automation offers a solution to post-Brexit migrant labour shortages as envisaged in some policy discourse.
Robots at the Gates? Robotic Process Automation, Skills and Institutions in Knowledge-Intensive Business Services
Abstract Against the backdrop of the fourth industrial revolution, this paper examines the emergence of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) as one of the new technologies that are shaping the future of work and reconfiguring sectoral business and innovation systems and models. It discusses how the institutional context can potentially [...]
Retail employment and automation: good or bad for jobs?
How will investment in technologies such as robotics, tracking technologies and Artificial Intelligence affect employment in the retail sector?
Automation and the future of work: A social shaping of technology approach
Recent years have seen enormous attention paid to automation and its potential implications for the future of work. This study rejects unhelpful speculation and, instead, poses the question ‘what is shaping automation and its predicted effects?’ In contrast to the technological determinism framing much of the current debate, this [...]
Digital automation and the future of work
Prepared at the request of the Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA) and managed by the Scientific Foresight Unit, within the Directorate-General for Parliamentary Research Services (EPRS) of the Secretariat of the European Parliament. Modern capitalist economies are witnessing a period of rapid technological progress. Developments [...]