The Rise of Robots Continues in the Workplace

Robots, automation, and artificial intelligence are creeping into every segment of the workforce—from utilitarian roles such as manufacturing to the absurd, like this robot Buddhist monk in Japan—but human ingenuity can still win out in the end.

 

As automation makes more and more human jobs obsolete, one economist says ingenuity may still trump artificial intelligence in the long run.

That economist said:

“Since the dawn of the industrial age, a recurrent fear has been that technological change will spawn mass unemployment. Neoclassical economists predicted that this would not happen, because people would find other jobs, albeit possibly after a long period of painful adjustment. By and large, that prediction has proven to be correct.” Continue reading

ECB is delighted by the splendid prospect of deflation

The great mystery is why the voting public of debtor states continue to put up with an arrangement that ensures years of mass unemployment

If Europe’s elites seem nonchalant about the deflation threat staring them in the face, it is because they do not share the Anglo-Saxon and Japanese orthodoxy that letting it happen is an unforgivable policy failure.

The handful of officials calling the shots at the European Central Bank and Germany’s finance ministry — with applause from Italy’s hard-money “Bocconi Boys” and Spain’s “Austrian School” ultras — do not think deflation would be traumatic even if it were to happen. Some rather like the idea.

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Italy’s president fears violent insurrection in 2014 but offers no remedy

Events in Italy are turning serious. President Giorgio Napolitano has warned of “widespread social tension and unrest” in 2014 as the Long Slump drags on.

Those living on the margins are being drawn into “indiscriminate and violent protest, a sterile lurch towards total opposition”.

His latest speech is a veritable Jeremiad. Thousands of companies are on the “brink of collapse”. Great masses of the working people are on the dole or at risk of losing their jobs. Very high rates of youth unemployment (41pc) are leading to dangerous alienation. Continue reading