Weekly Digital News Roundup: Mar 3 – Mar 8
Americans think most human jobs could be automated by 2065
- According to TechCrunch, humans are nothing if not contrary. Technology destroying jobs is something most Americans accept will happen within their lifetimes, according to a new study, just not to their own jobs — which most believe won’t change significantly in the next 50 years. Polling just over 2,000 Americans to ask about their perception of the risk of jobs being automated, the researchers found a majority (65 per cent) of Americans believe robots and/or software will “definitely” or “probably” be capable of doing much of the work that humans do now within 50 years’ time.
- But when the robots and the algorithms move a little closer to home respondents’ views are very different, with an even larger majority (80 per cent) convinced their own jobs and professions will remain largely unchanged and will exist in their current form 50 years from now. More than a third (36 per cent) of respondents expressed definitive confidence that their current job or occupation will “definitely” exist in its current form five decades from now vs just six per cent saying their current role will “definitely not” exist.
- There are of course also a swathe of new jobs that have been created by the rise of technologies such as the Internet and ecommerce. And these newer job roles – whether it’s social media marketer or native app programmer — are perhaps more likely to have a shorter lifespan than traditional job roles, given the technologies they are founded on are likely to keep changing, thereby potentially shifting the demands of the work associated with them.
Comparably wants to tell you whether you’re happy and paid enough at work
- According to the LA Times, compensation and culture are workplace terms that are at the heart of Comparably, a Santa Monica start-up launching Thursday that aims to give people more insight into whether they’re being paid appropriately and deriving enough joy from work. “We’ve built a platform to show what’s your market value, where you rank in the company and how you compare in happiness,” Chief Executive Jason Nazar said. “If you think about two big things people are focused on at work, it’s how good is my experience and how much am I making.”
- It’s a bit like Glassdoor, Payscale and other existing online services. But Comparably is looking to draw better data to generate more accurate company reviews, and it wants to develop a well-known brand through workplace-focused articles and other services. Nazar said Comparably information would be more “organized and specific” than competitors’.
- A few companies and recruiters handed over salary data to initially populate the service. But once there’s more data, Comparably expects to offer granular assessments: It could tell a young, female CEO that she makes $12,000 less than the average CEO at a tech start-up with 11 to 50 employees in Los Angeles, a sign that maybe she’s being undervalued relative to men, who dominate that position. Comparably also provides forums for users to chat anonymously with others in the industry who share their job function, such as product engineers or chief marketing officers. Users who connect their LinkedIn account to Comparably will get additional information specific to their company.
Amazon leases 20 Boeing jets to speed up deliveries
- According to TechCrunch, Amazon’s logistics arm is taking a big step forward by leasing a fleet of Boeing 767s that will ship packages to customers in North America.Air Transport Services Group (ATSG), an air cargo transportation provider, said that Amazon has agreed to lease twenty of its planes for 5-7 years. The announcement confirms reports from late last year that Amazon wants to operate its own cargo planes, which allows it to take more control of its fulfillment process away from third-party logistics providers like FedEx, the USPS, and UPS, save money, and potentially avoid major shipment delays.
- ATSG said it will release further details about the agreement in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. According to a December report from the Seattle Times, it costs about $600,000 to $700,000 to lease a new Boeing 767F for a month or $300,000 to $325,000 for converted passenger planes. If it’s successful, however, operating its own air cargo fleet can help Amazon reduce its shipping costs, which were $8.7 billion in 2014, a 31 percent increase from 2013.
- Being able to guarantee customers extremely quick deliveries is essential to Amazon’s business as it competes with other e-commerce companies and on-demand startups like Instacart by offering services such as Amazon Prime and Amazon Fresh. The company is also busy working on its international logistics. In January, its China subsidiary was licensed to handle ocean freight shipments for other companies, which will make it easier for Chinese merchants on its platform to send packages to the U.S.