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Jan 20, 2014

The future of jobs

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The Economist

IN 1930, when the world was “suffering…from a bad attack of economic pessimism”, John Maynard Keynes wrote a broadly optimistic essay, “Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren”. It imagined a middle way between revolution and stagnation that would leave the said grandchildren a great deal richer than their grandparents. But the path was not without dangers.

One of the worries Keynes admitted was a “new disease”: “technological unemployment…due to our discovery of means of economising the use of labour outrunning the pace at which we can find new uses for labour.” His readers might not have heard of the problem, he suggested—but they were certain to hear a lot more about it in the years to come.

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Dec 30, 2013


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Overmanagement by Mr. Andres Agostini

This is an excerpt from the conclusion section o, “…Overmanagement…,” that discusses some management strategies. To read the entire piece, just click the link at the end of article:


Question: What other contemporary issues particularly concern you? Do you find signs of
hope or resistance around these issues that, perhaps, you finding heartening?

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Dec 15, 2013

IFTTT can now automate actions based on your iPhone’s location

Posted by in categories: automation, business, mobile phones

By Jacob Kastrenakes

The clever automation service IFTTT is getting a lot more powerful today with the addition of location features. In an update to IFTTT’s iPhone app that’s rolling out now, the service will be able to begin watching your location, allowing it to automatically trigger tasks based on where you are. When you’re nearing home, you could have IFTTT automatically turn on your connected light bulbs, send an SMS to your roommate that you’re on the way, or send out a tweet that you’re back, among dozens of other possibilities. It’s also added in special triggers for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Foursquare that can let you automate a task whenever you post from one of them at specific location.

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