Technology

This video recently went viral because of its frightening prediction and depiction of the future of work—a future that will inevitably belong to robots.

At least that’s what YouTube video creator CGP Grey forebodes in this 15-minute clip where he suggests this familiar sci-fi premise will start to to look more science than fiction.

Now if you’re skeptical or idealistic, don’t worry –you’re not alone. But Grey makes some solid arguments backed by recent scientific studies on the topic condensed in this video. Suspend belief for just a moment, and let’s humor his thesis…

“Humans Are The New Horses”

Grey argues that as automobiles replaced horses, so will self-driving cars kick humans out of the driver’s seat—and this is happening sooner than you might think. But the most shocking stat shared was the speed in how artificial intelligence could begin to outpace, and outplace, human labor: In 20 years, humans could eventually lose almost half of all current jobs to automation.

This unprecedented jobs loss could result in a 45% unemployment crisis, which will dwarf the unemployment rate of the Great Depression that crippled the U.S. economy at just 25%.

Even White-Collar Work Isn’t Safe From The Takeover

Although tech innovation has historically threatened only low-skilled labor, white-collar workers aren’t exempted, but actually targeted. Grey makes the case:

“Given that white-collar workers are—from a company’s perspective—both more expensive and more numerous, the incentive to automate their work is greater than low skilled work.”

He warns that even lawyers, writers, artists and general doctors are not safe from the auto takeover. In fact, occupations and talents thought of as uniquely human—like composing music—are already being performed by bots, today.

Without Enough Human Labor, Will There Still Be Human Capital?

If this grim future unfolds, hiring managers and recruiters will find themselves in a unique position—front seats to witness the possible meltdown of human labor as we know it. But will there still be perhaps a need for specialized hiring managers?

Imagine recruiters who could evaluate competing brands of hardware and software  automation that come to market and will need to match competing, advanced A.I. with the skills and working culture of the remaining human staff. Maybe there’s a way to evolve our expertise and coexist.

Or will we really, in two decades, cap off our job descriptions with “Humans Need Not Apply”?

Before you stock up on highly-specialized skills for the coming Martrix-like dystopia, read some idealistic rebuttals to this doomsday scenario if you haven’t already, and rest assured that your job is safe…for now.

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It’s no accident that Ramapo is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in the United States, and we now have another reason to praise the efforts of the town and its leaders. Today, Supervisor Christopher P. St. Lawrence and the Ramapo Town Board launched The Ramapo Jobs Connector  in order to boost local employment and enhance economic development.

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A glimpse of The Ramapo Jobs Connector.

The Ramapo Jobs Connector is a free service, powered by TweetMyJobs, that allows job seekers to leverage social media to connect with employers in a fast, efficient way. A number of local companies have already partnered with the town by posting their jobs – including Crowne Plaza, Good Samaritan Hospital, Cablevision and many others.

According to Supervisor St. Lawrence, “By adopting new technology and leveraging social media to drive local employment solutions, ‘The Ramapo Jobs Connector’ presents a unique opportunity for local residents and local employers to connect, thereby fostering future job growth in the town and county.”

The town of Ramapo recognizes the impact that technology has on recruiting today, and launching this initiative confirms the town’s commitment to fighting unemployment.

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Closing The Communication Gap

by Coleman on March 12, 2012

The highly anticipated February jobs report was released on Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and revealed the national unemployment rate held steady at 8.3%. The economy added 227,000 jobs in February and, according to some, is a positive indication of our country’s economic recovery. The BLS releases the unemployment numbers every month, but February’s figures are particularly interesting because of the political implications they have in an election year.

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Social recruiting helps to close the communication gap between job seekers and employers.

Instead of addressing the politics of the numbers, let’s focus on the fact that our job market could potentially be recovering. After all, we’re in the business of connecting job seekers with employers and have been working tirelessly to build tools that put job seekers back to work.

Although the positive news is well received, there are still glaring discrepancies in our labor market – specifically, the 24 million Americans that are still unemployed or underemployed while 52% of US companies have trouble finding talent. This is a clear indication that the distribution model is broken, and it’s essential for companies  to continue to disrupt the status quo and close the communication gap between job seekers and employers.

The “Great Recession” impacted each industry differently, and some fared better than others. The reality is that all companies were forced to evolve and adapt in order to survive, and the same logic applies to how employers find talent. Employers must put their positions in front of as many relevant eyeballs as possible, and social media is the most logical place to start. Facebook has as many users as the entire Internet did in 2004 and Twitter is now growing at a faster pace than Facebook – the untapped talent pool in social media is undeniable.

The unemployment rate is just one indicator, and we’re also starting to see a shift from the “old” online recruiting model. Forward thinking mayors in Newark and Atlanta have already adopted new, social technology to help job seekers connect with employers, and the masses are beginning to follow suit.

Are you incorporating social media in your recruiting strategy? Sound off in the comments below.

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He’s been ranked one of America’s “most social Mayors” for years – tweeting from his Blackberry and engaging in conversations with his constituents morning, noon and night. Today, Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker’s status as a forward looking, technology driven leader solidified even more as he announced the Newark Jobs Connect platform.

The platform distributes more than 35,000 available jobs across the digital landscape and matches job seekers with employers through social media, email and mobile technologies to addresses the long term unemployment issue in Newark. In addition to the technological advantages, seekers have access to a variety of career resources to help them throughout the searching, networking, and interview process.

According to Mayor Booker, “Residents of Newark will directly benefit by hearing about available jobs before anyone else and Newark employers will be able to reach qualified, local candidates fast and first.”

This initiative firmly places the Mayor and the City of Newark boldly out front in their commitment to create job opportunities for their citizens using the best tools in the marketplace. We’re thrilled to launch newark.tweetmyjobs.com with Mayor Booker and power the Newark Jobs Connect platform.

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