Are businesses automating at a faster rate thanks to COVID-19?

Oct 21, 2020
A forced digitization is taking place, as is a rethinking of how business should get done.
A bartender makes drinks at an event promoting AI in London last year.
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Can made-to-order fashion change how we shop?

A slate of startups are working to make custom clothing, fast.
Models walk the runway during the Marco De Vincenzo fashion show as part of Milan Fashion Week.
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Automation and how it could worsen inequality

Economist Daniel Susskind explores why automation could worsen inequality in his new book "A World Without Work: Technology, Automation, and How We Should Respond."
Workers at Kinross Clothing manufacturers in Maitland, sew men's trousers in Cape Town in 2017.
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Inside one highly automated Chinese factory

Nov 13, 2019
China's Shuoke sports equipment factory says robots have helped triple its production.
A worker looks on as a robotic arm at the Shuoke factory sorts plastic panels to form a soccer ball. Machines like this have helped the firm cope with rising costs. (Shanghai 808 Studio)
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Automation is likely to leave some local economies behind

Nov 6, 2019
Without intervention, the disparity between thriving and lagging economies will worsen.
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Worker productivity declined for first time in four years

Nov 6, 2019
No, it's not because of social media or politics.
One economist said we're stuck in the slow lane when it comes to productivity.
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Workers are welcoming AI in the office

Oct 16, 2019
Robots could be coming to take our jobs, but maybe the ones we don't want to do anyway.
AI could be used for menial tasks, like budgeting or scheduling.
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Businesses tap virtual reality to train workers

Aug 21, 2019
VR training is being used to prep workers for Black Friday, for warehouse safety issues and to improve communication.
At Farmers Insurance in Los Angeles, Jessica DeCanio demonstrates how claims adjusters use virtual reality to train for the field.
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Amazon's massive retraining investment includes nursing and aircraft mechanic degrees

Jul 11, 2019
The company will prepare 100,000 workers for advances in automation — and for new ventures it's exploring.
Men work at a distribution station in the 855,000-square-foot Amazon fulfillment center in Staten Island, New York, in February.
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Automation's gender divide

Jun 5, 2019
While both men and women have essentially the same odds of automation taking their jobs, women could face a tougher transition to new jobs.
A pharmacy technician prepares prescriptions for packaging and shipping after being filled on an automated line at the central pharmacy of Intermountain Heathcare in 2018 in Midvale, Utah.
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