HRIntelligencer 1.22

On October 24, 2017, in HR Intelligencer, HRExaminer, John Sumser, by John Sumser

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HR’s View
  • Welcoming Our New Robot Overlords. What it’s like when the tables are turned and workers are the robot’s assistants. “There’s a saying in robotics: Anything a human being can do after age five is very easy for a robot,” one of Tellex’s students had said to me earlier. “Learn to play chess, no problem. Learn to walk, no way.”
  • The Shape of Work to Come. An unusually sturdy and evidence-based meditation on work’s future.
Quote of the Week

For decades, the conventional view among economists was that technological advances create as many opportunities for workers as they take away. In the past several years, however, research has begun to suggest otherwise. “It’s not that we’re running out of work or jobs per se,” David Autor, an M.I.T. economist who studies the impact of automation on employment, said. “But a subset of people with low skill levels may not be able to earn a reasonable standard of living based on their labor. We see that already.” As automation depresses wages, jobs in factories become both less abundant and less appealing. – Welcoming Our New Robot Overlords


Curate means a variety of things: from the work of vicar entrusted with the care of souls to that of an exhibit designer responsible for clarity and meaning. At the core, it means something about the importance of empathy in organization. HRIntelligencer is an update on the comings and goings in the Human Resource experiment with Artificial Intelligence, Digital Employees, Algorithms, Machine Learning, Big Data and all of that stuff. We present a few critical links with some explanation. The goal is to give you a way to surf the rapidly evolving field without drowning in information. We offer a timeless curation of the intersection of HR and the machines that serve it. We curate the emergence of Machine Led Decision Making in HR.

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