Imagine that you’re the governor of Pennsylvania or Vermont, and you’re trying to figure out how to help your state cope with the impact of automation. What policies do you pursue first to ensure that people can succeed as the job market is rapidly remade? Actually, that’s a trick question. As a new study from Walmart makes clear, every state requires multiple sets of strategies, each one tailored to fit a particular “community archetype.” In fact, of the eight archetypes that the report identifies, Pennsylvania has seven of them within its borders. Even Vermont, with a total population just north of 600,000, contains four archetypes. On average, each state has five. “It really highlights the need for local solutions,” says Kathleen McLaughlin, the chief sustainability officer at Walmart, which will release the analysis today at the Bentonville Conference on American Life. Drawing on research from the McKinsey Global Institute, the Walmart … [Read more...] about New study shows how U.S. states should prepare for the impact of automation
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As I write this blog, I wonder whether my job as a business writer will be overtaken in the future by software programs. Already, the job of business analysts and financial report writers is in jeopardy. Quarterly reports can now be sipped out of annual or quarterly results of companies by software scripts and apps. Machines are useful to man in a way that they can make his life easier, do repetitive tasks with accuracy and free up his time to let him find his true purpose. An automated drill can unscrew faster than a human, for instance. They should be deployed in doing dangerous and dirty tasks such as cleaning the windows of a skyscraper or clearing a gutter. But when it comes to deploying them in places where humans work will we see a social impact. While visiting a few McDonald’s outlets in Australasia, I was surprised to see only 2-3 people manning the entire outlet. Often there was nobody at the cashiers. So how do they process orders? McDonalds’ has put up … [Read more...] about Will your job disappear with the advent of AI by 2030?
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Retirement Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Retirement | The Myth of Steady Retirement Spending, and Why Reality May Cost Less Supported by Retiring ByPeter Finch Nov. 29, 2018 It’s the question at the heart of so much retirement planning: How much money will I need in savings when I’ve stopped working? To arrive at that number, many people start calculating an estimate of what they will need to live on each month. The figure they come up with often relies on a popular rule of thumb: the so-called 4 percent rule. This rule holds that if you invest in a mix of roughly 60 percent stocks and 40 percent bonds, you can safely spend 4 percent of your savings annually over 30 years without fear of depleting your nest egg. So if you retired at 65 with $1 million, you could withdraw $40,000 (adjusted each year for inflation) for living expenses … [Read more...] about The Myth of Steady Retirement Spending, and Why Reality May Cost Less
Hilary Brueck, provided by Published 10:28 am PDT, Friday, September 7, 2018 Twitter/Larry Cohen The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating illnesses that sickened dozens of passengers on three separate international flights headed into the US this week. It looks like many of the sick passengers were traveling from Mecca, where the Hajj was recently underway, and massive crowds of millions of people gathered. Public health experts say this was a lucky break. The incident points to how we may not be prepared for a worst-case scenario with a different bug. There have been a lot of coughing, feverish, sickly passengers flying into the US this week. First, there was an Emirates flight from Dubai that landed at JFK airport Wednesday morning and had to be quarantined. Nearly a dozen passengers on board that flight were hospitalized and given anti-viral drugs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said "preliminary tests indicate that some … [Read more...] about A Harvard professor says the dozens of passengers sickened on international flights are a clear ‘warning shot’ of a worst-case scenario
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Steve Annear Globe Staff June 06, 2018 If you happen to see a large shelled creature with a sharp-looking beak and rough skin shuffling across the street, don’t make any snap decisions: Let the animal go on its way before trying to move it along to safety. And if you do decide to intervene, do so with caution: These things bite. Hard.That’s the message the state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife is sending motorists and anyone else who comes across snapping turtles (or smaller, friendlier species of turtles), as the creatures venture out, seeking spots to lay eggs this season. Advertisement “The best thing to do is to leave Snapping Turtles alone and they will typically move off within a few hours,” according to the state’s website. “If you must move a Snapping Turtle, use a broom to coax it into a plastic tub or box. This … [Read more...] about People keep spotting huge snapping turtles in the middle of the road. Here’s why