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Gates and Zuckerberg warn about automation replacing worldwide jobs


“Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg have advice for today’s graduates.”
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– “When Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg sound the same dire warning about jobs, it’s time to listen”
“Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates built billion-dollar technology companies in two very different areas, but they both agree on the biggest threats to American jobs.

At his Harvard University commencement speech on Thursday [May 25], Facebook (FB) chief executive Zuckerberg, had some tough words for the Class of 2017. “Our generation will have to deal with tens of millions of jobs replaced by automation like self-driving cars and trucks,” he said, adding, “When our parents graduated, purpose reliably came from your job, your church, your community,. But today, technology and automation are eliminating many jobs. Membership in communities is declining. Many people feel disconnected and depressed, and are trying to fill a void.”

Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft (MSFT) earlier this month, sounded the same warning. Gates said he didn’t want to sound like the guy from “The Graduate,” which celebrates 50 years this year. In that movie, old Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) was given this very famous piece of advice: “I just want to say one word to you. Just one word …Plastics,” And today? That word would likely be “robots.” Gates took his 34.8 million Twitter followers by the virtual shoulder and said “artificial intelligence” would have a huge impact. In other words, why not join the revolution? After all, that’s exactly what Zuckerberg and Gates did with social media and computer software.

But that’s not the only response to the robot revolution,” by Quentin Fottrell, MarketWatch.
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– “A jobs threat worse than mass store closures could fire more than 7 million retail workers”
“Nearly half of retail workers are at risk of losing their jobs to robots and other automation technology, according to a new report.

Roughly 6 million to 7.5 million retail jobs “likely will be automated out of existence in the coming years, leaving a large portion of the retail workforce at risk of becoming ‘stranded workers,'” according to the 56-page report by investment advisory firm Cornerstone Capital Group,” by Hayley Peterson, Business Insider.
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Posted by Steve on May 28, 2017 at 12:01 am | Permalink

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