Technology

Alexandra Levit on the Future of Work

Which jobs are being automated into extinction?

January 4, 2019 / Podcast # 19-01

Alexandra Levit

Depending on your job, this episode is going to be a relief or a cause for concern. The good news is that automation is not going to get rid of the need for human work. In fact, technology is creating new categories of jobs that are abundant in the workforce. However, some jobs that were once seen as the holy grail of job security, coding in particular, are the easiest to be automated away. Alexandra Levit, author of the new book Humanity Works: Merging Technologies and People for the Workforce of the Future, joins us to explain the types of jobs that will be left to the machines and what will be left behind.

Alexandra Levit is an internationally recognized thought leader, futurist and consultant. She conducts primary workplace research on behalf of Fortune 500 companies including American Express, Deloitte, PepsiCo, Whirlpool and, previously, the Obama administration. A columnist for the New York Times and Forbes, she also has been named ‘Top Entrepreneur to Follow on Twitter’ by Forbes, ‘Top Career Expert to Follow on Twitter’ by Mashable and ‘Top Business Expert to Follow on Twitter’ by CEOWorld.

 

Maggie Jackson on New Ways We’re Distracted

It's easier than ever to get distracted.

December 28, 2018 / Podcast # 18-39

Maggie Jackson

In the ten years since Distracted was first published and while a lot has changed a lost has stayed the same. Maggie Jackson is back with a new edition of her book, with new data and looking at our new relationship to the machines that surround our life. While there are more distractions than ever the good news is we’re more aware of it as a culture and that’s the first step in winning some of our attention back.

Maggie Jackson is an award-winning author and journalist who writes the popular “Balancing Acts” column in the Boston Globe. Her work also has appeared in the New York Times and on National Public Radio, among other national publications. Her acclaimed first book, What’s Happening to Home? Balancing Work, Life and Refuge in the Information Age, examined the loss of home as a refuge.

 

Chip Conley on Embracing Your Place as an Elder

"Elder" is not a dirty word.

December 7, 2018 / Podcast # 18-36

Chip Conley

After decades of working Chip Conley started all over again. Hired as an advisor at Airbnb he eventually became something of an intern to the young CEO. He’s written a new book Wisdom at Work: The Making of a Modern Elder which reframes how to approach work for older workers, both as a keeper of wisdom and as a digital immigrant.

Bestselling author and hospitality entrepreneur Chip Conley is Strategic Advisor at Airbnb. At age 26, he founded Joie de Vivre Hospitality and turned it into the second largest boutique hotel brand in the world. After selling his company in 2010, he joined Airbnb, and as head of Global Hospitality and Strategy, helped turn it into the world’s largest hospitality brand. Conley has received hospitality’s highest honor, the Pioneer Award. He serves on the boards of the Burning Man Project and the Esalen Institute and is the author of Peak and the New York Times bestseller Emotional Equations. He holds a BA and MBA from Stanford University.

 

Alex Rosenblat on Star-Rating Your Uber Driver

You should probably always give your Uber driver 5 stars.

November 23, 2018 / Podcast # 18-34

Alex Rosenblat

If you’ve ever taken an Uber you know that you give your driver a rating at the end of your journey. You probably know that their job depends on how good their average score is. But do you know how high that score has to be before they are essentially fired? And did you know the drivers can rate you too? Alex Rosenblat, author of the new book Uberland: How Algorithms are Rewriting the Rules of Work, joins us to go behind the scenes on what your drivers are dealing with and the difficult choices they often have to make.

Alex Rosenblat is a technology ethnographer and the author of Uberland: How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Rules of Work, forthcoming with the University of California Press in October 2018. A researcher at the Data & Society Research Institute, she holds a master’s degree in sociology from Queen’s University and a bachelor of arts degree in history from McGill University. Alex’s writing has appeared in media outlets such as the New York Times, the Harvard Business Review, The Atlantic, Slate, and Fast Company. Her research has received attention worldwide, and has been covered in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, MIT Technology Review, WIRED, New Scientist, and the Guardian. Among the scholarly and professional publications in which her prize-winning work has been published are the International Journal of Communication and the Columbia Law Review.

 

Chuck Martin on Our Third Digital Transformation

How to navigate our interconnected world.

September 7, 2018 / Podcast # 18-23

Chuck Martin

We are currently in the era of the Internet of Things. What does that mean and how does it affect us? Chuck Martin joins us to talk about his new book Digital Transformation 3.0 and what it means for us as workers and as employees.

Chuck Martin is a New York Times Business Bestselling author, futurist and has been a leader in emerging digital technologies for more than two decades. He is considered one of the foremost Internet of Things (IoT) experts in the world and his latest book focuses on the digital transformation coming from the Internet of Things. The book title is “Digital Transformation 3.0″. He hosts a worldwide podcast titled “The Voices of the Internet of Things with Chuck Martin,” where he converses with top executives from the companies driving the Internet of Things. He is author of Net Future, Mobile Influence (The New Power of the Consumer), The Third Screen and eight other business books. He is a frequent keynote speaker internationally. Chuck also is the Editor of the MediaPost AI & IoT Daily, the largest AI and IoT daily publication in the world, and writes the well-read daily column “Connected Thinking” for the AI & IoT Daily, sent to more than 100,000 subscribers. He has been named #1 in Internet of Things Top 10 Influencers by IT Chronicles.

 

Ajay Agrawal on How Artificial Intelligence Can Help Us

Where AI actually excels.

July 6, 2018 / Podcast # 18-14

Ajay Agrawal

Artificial Intelligence is portrayed in fiction and media as either killer robots or the thing that will save us all. Ajay Agrawal and his coauthors of Prediction Machines take a different view, one of economists. To them, the most important question around any new tech is: what will this reduce the cost of? Listen to find out the one thing AI excel at when it comes to cost reduction.

Ajay Agrawal is Professor of Strategic Management and Peter Munk Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. He is also cofounder of The Next 36 and Next AI, cofounder of the AI/robotics company Kindred, and founder of the Creative Destruction Lab. Ajay conducts research on technology strategy, science policy, entrepreneurial finance, and the geography of innovation.

 

Isaac Sacolick on Driving Digital

Getting ready for our digital future.

September 8, 2017 / Podcast # 17-36

Isaac Sacolick

Digital is the way of the future no matter what your industry. Usually that switch comes with a lot of frightening language: transition, revolution, transformation. It doesn’t have to be that scary. Isaac Sacolick, author of the new book Driving Digital, published by AMACOM, is here to assure you that digital is going to happen and it’s going to be ok.

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Josh Sullivan & Angela Zutavern on the Mathematical Corporation

Collaborating to bring in the new phase of tech.

August 18, 2017 / Podcast # 17-33

Josh Sullivan & Angela Zutavern

Machine automation and AI are the way of the future. That might seem frightening but the leaders at the forefront of this movement have been working together to make sure AI is done right. Josh Sullivan & Angela Zutavern, authors of The Mathematical Corporation, join us with stories of exciting new collaborative innovation that is moving forward rapidly.

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Cheryl Strauss Einhorn on Simplifying Problem Solving

Using the AREA method to make choices with confidence and conviction.

July 21, 2017 / Podcast # 17-29

Cheryl Strauss Einhorn

You’d think with all the technology at our fingertips we’d be making decisions faster than ever. But tech still needs a human driver and we’re as fallible as ever. Cheryl Strauss Einhorn is here with her new book Problem Solved and her AREA method for streamlining solving complex problems.

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Maciej Kranz on the Internet of Things

An intro to an emerging technology.

February 17, 2017 / Podcast # 17-07

Maciej Kranz

Maybe you’ve heard of the Internet of Things but don’t understand it’s potential to change business-life as we know it. Cisco Systems VP of Corporate Strategic Innovations Group, Maciej Kranz’s new book provides the baseline awareness and contextual framework for building that understanding. He spent a recent rainy afternoon in our studio answering questions only an IoT newbie could appreciate.

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