Automation, work, and jobs

  1. Sharing economy workers miss out on employment advantages like benefits, unions, job security, and income stability. Similarly, traditional jobs are becoming more contract-based rather than salaried. Is this insecurity only found in gig jobs, or is it becoming the industry norm?
  2. Some think that Uber is more effective and efficient than traditional taxis. They think that the taxi industry’s inability to advance and adapt to better serve customers is the reason why Uber is usurping their livelihoods. However, findings show that Uber drivers – and other gig workers – make very little money. For additional background, read Blog 1.
    1. Are disruptive technologies good because they demonopolize lazy and complacent industries?
    2. Is Uber an example of digital technology creating jobs, or is it destroying them?
  3. Are technologies like cashier-less grocery stores or fast-food ordering kiosks needed? Do they really improve efficiency and productivity, or do they remove the cost of labor?
  4. How does job automation of mechanical jobs play into right-wing commentary about the dangers of technology and a call to give back traditional jobs?
  5. Are technologies used by employers to combat cyberloafing at work beneficial or detrimental to productivity and employee satisfaction? Do you think such monitoring is appropriate in a professional and adult environment? Would you accept a job with these conditions?

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