THERE’S NO DOUBT technology is shaking up the American workplace. Amazon employs more than 100,000 robots in its US warehouses, alongside more than 125,000 human workers. Sears and Brookstone, icons of brick and mortar retailing, are both bankrupt. But as machines and software get ever smarter, how many more workers will they displace, and which ones?
Economists who study employment have pushed back against recent predictions by Silicon Valley soothsayers like Elon Musk of an imminent tidal wave of algorithmic unemployment. The evidence indicates US workers will instead be lapped by the gentler swells of a gradual revolution in which jobs are transformed piecemeal as machines grow more capable. Now a new study predicts that young, Hispanic, and black workers will be most affected by that creeping disruption. Men will suffer more changes to their work than women.
The analysis from the Brookings Institution suggests that just as the dividends of recent economic growth have been distributed unevenly, so too will the disruptive effects of automation. In both cases, nonwhite, less economically secure workers lose out. full article
From programmable pills to power-generating boots, here are some of the most unusual technological innovations of 2018 – including electric planes with no moving parts, programmable pills, seeing through walls with Wi-Fi and edible electronics. more
Answers to your questions about technology today.
Technically speaking, bots are automated programs designed to perform a specific task, like tweet every new word that appears in the New York Times, colorize black and white photos on Reddit, or connect you with a customer service agent. There are bad ones, good ones, and countless more in between. A chatbot is a computer program designed to simulate human conversation. Bots are often associated with sites like Twitter, but there are many other types.
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Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) will hold the 2018 Women in Business Legislative Update & Awards Luncheon on December 4, 2018 at the Castaway in Burbank. His office is accepting nominations for this year’s honorees.
The Women in Business Legislative Update & Awards Luncheon was started by former State Senator Jack Scott while he served in the State Assembly and it has been an annual event passed down through State Legislators. The Women in Business Awards honor local women whose exceptional abilities have contributed to the economic vitality and diversity of the 25th Senate District.Women in Business celebrate women who have contributed to the greater good of the workforce through the advancement of business and the proliferation of new jobs while serving as role models for their community and co-workers.
This year’s luncheon will proudly feature an amazing keynote speaker Dee Dee Myers, Executive Vice President of World Wide Corporate Communication and Public Affairs for Warner Brothers. Ms. Myers was the first woman to be the White House Press Secretary in our nation’s history.
Attached you will find a nomination form and the nomination categories for this year’s event. Nominees must live or work in the 25th Senate District. Nomination forms are due by Thursday, November 1, 2018. We look forward to receiving your nomination(s) and seeing you at this year’s luncheon!
Please email Talin Mangioglu at talin.mangioglu AT sen.ca.gov or call 818-409-0400 for more information.
Download Nomination Form
Judith Velasco, Director of the Verdugo Workforce Development Board, was a presenter on the STEPS to Employment Training Panel in Sacramento today. Joining her were Senator Anthony Portantino; Glendale Community College Board of Trustee Member, Tony Tartaglia; Dr. Michael Ritterborwn, Vice President of Instructional Services at Glendale Community College (and Verdugo Board Member); Kim Edelman, Executive Director of the Professional Development Center of GCC and Karine Grigoryan, Executive Director of the Glendale Youth Alliance.