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Richard MacManus: What to do when AI takes your job

August 20, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure

Experts predict that AI will be able to drive a truck by 2027, work in retail by 2031, and work as a surgeon by 2053. AARON BERNSTEIN/REUTERS

OPINION: Artificial intelligence is never far away from the news in 2017, with most reports highlighting its dangers.

There’s no shortage of celebrity scaremongers, including Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk. "If you’re not concerned about AI safety, you should be," he said recently. He added that AI presents "vastly more risk than North Korea".Well, not in the short term. AI is still decades away from attaining human-level intelligence – if it ever […]

Honest financing as a path to economic mobility and social justice

August 20, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure

Societal health can be assessed by a handful of factors: economic mobility (is the current generation earning more than their parents did?), upward mobility (the rate of which an individual can improve their own socioeconomic status), productivity (how efficiently one can earn income) and lastly, whether they have sufficient access to the resources and tools required to advance one’s position.

The last element, accessibility, is arguably one of the most important factors in a healthy society.

When an individual does not have access to the tools and/or resources necessary for their personal advancement, they’re left with two possible outcomes; they can […]

Slices of heaven: Is NZ inequality going up, or is it just our worry about it?

August 18, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure

A protester in 2011. Interest and concern about inequality has risen dramatically in recent years.

A protester in 2011. Interest and concern about inequality has risen dramatically in recent years. Nearly 40,000 voters responded to the Stuff/Massey University election survey in May. A huge majority of them said inequality was too high and/or growing fast. No measure actually shows that – so why do so many of us feel that way? Henry Cooke reports.

It didn’t hit George all at once.

Growing up, he still got Christmas and birthday presents. His friends’ houses had always been far nicer than his. His mother would still take him out on trips around Wellington – just ones that […]

LU ranked fourth on national list for economic mobility among online programs

August 17, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure

Lamar University was fourth on the national list for economic mobility among online programs in a study of 2,273 colleges. LU was one of only 25 to rank on both the comprehensive list as well as the list of 2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Student Economic Mobility, according to SR Education Group, a leading research publisher founded in 2004. SR Education Group, based in Kirkland, Washington, has been publishing rankings of online colleges since 2009 and awarding scholarships since 2010.

In the project, all annual tuitions were researched and calculated, and the Equality of Opportunity Project provided mobility-rate data. […]

Forget catering to millennials at work — everyone wants the same things

August 16, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure

surprised millennials

Millennials: They’re just like us. Gleb Leonov/Strelka Institute/Flickr

A simple Google search for " What do Millennials want at work? " serves up around 15 million results.

Needless to say, there’s no shortage of advice on (or critiques of) Generation Y and the many ways organizations should cater to their perceived needs. They demand opportunities to learn and grow at a company, but they’re quick to job hop every few years.They want to work for a company with purpose, but they need recognition , too. They seek mentorship and community at work, but desire autonomy at the same time.For employers, […]

Persistence of caste system in India makes socio-economic mobility of lower-castes much slower

August 16, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure


By V Santhakumar*

The breaking down of caste system occurs only when people marry or have sexual relationships and have children with, those who are outside their caste. Otherwise people would continue to carry the caste attribute whether they reject it explicitly or not.

Hence the caste continues to be a factor differentiating individuals in India due to the persistence of intra-caste marriages. Based on the latest data available, around 90 percent of marriages in India happen within the caste even during 21st century.Hence the question of how to break the caste system in India needs to be changed to […]