Lots of AI related links this week. Seems to be the hot-topic!
[Image credit: Thomas Pullin for the Guardian]
Tech sector narrowing salary gap on banking industry (Belfast Telegraph) and unlike banking, most tech companies are actually nice places to work;
“Working for a top investment bank no longer epitomises the graduate dream, especially since financial industry remuneration has taken a bashing in the last few years, in line with bankers’ reputations.
“Banks are trying to shake up their corporate cultures and offer more flexibility and work-life balance, but cannot compete with technology giants making their staff feel they are making a social mark on their time.”
Researchers in the early 2000s wanted to study how people who worked in what might be considered “devalued work” dealt with their tasks day-to-day. University of Michigan professor Jane Dutton and Amy Wrzesniewski, a student at the time, and now a professor at Yale, focused their attention on cleaners at a major Midwestern hospital and found that the workers were crafting their own jobs to change their perspective.
“We got very captivated by how even in a job that was very restrictive . . . the cleaners had tons of rooms they had to clean in a very short period of time so they have very little discretion over the number of tasks they had to get done . . . to make it more meaningful for themselves, they would do all types of little things to help the patients and the patients’ families,”
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak: Artificial intelligence revolution is near (Sidney Morning Herald)
In the short term, a move to results-orientation boosts sales growth and payout in the short term, but in the long term, there are “significant declines in intangible value, customer satisfaction and brand value.”
Dealing with AI and job displacement (Straits Times)
The latest projection on the subject, from the World Economic Forum in Geneva on Jan 18, is that there will be a net loss of 5.1 million jobs over the next five years in 15 leading countries. The total loss will be 7.1 million, which is offset by two million newly created jobs.
Human primacy is go-ing, go-ing, gone (Japan Times)
It is said of the ancient Chinese game Go that the number of possible positions on its board exceeds the number of atoms in the known universe.
This is old news, presumably, to masters of Go and master mathematicians. To the rest of us it came as something of a shock when it became common knowledge in March, the occasion being the defeat — shocking in itself — of a world-ranking Go master by a mere (so we would have said, once upon a time) computer.
Apple’s Software Culture Is Hurting Its Future (Seeking Alpha)
Millennials in NYC are earning less than in 2000 (Washington Post)
And in other news, here are the Obamas dancing at a Star Wars party;