productivity

Gaming Enters the Workplace. . . . As a Productivity Tool

Gaming Enters the Workplace. . . . As a Productivity Tool

Gaming is coming to a workplace near you.  And, based upon its description in a recent New York Times piece, it may be an important boost for productivity, while not all that much fun: BetterWorks makes office software that blends aspects of social media, fitness tracking and video games into a system meant to keep […]

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A Major Revival in US Productivity?

A Major Revival in US Productivity?

Robert Gordon and others to the contrary, the Economist‘s Free Exchange blogger thinks machine learning technology may finally trigger a significant boom in US productivity: Initial gains from IT were simply too small to affect productivity statistics, because the affected part of the economy was simply too small. When the contribution became large enough to […]

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More Germans Relying on Two Jobs to Get By

More Germans Relying on Two Jobs to Get By

This according to Deutsche Welle: Almost 2.66 million people in Germany pursued more than just one job towards the end of 2012, the Federal Labor Agency (BA) reported. According to the Monday edition of the regional newspaper “Freie Presse”, the figure marked another rise by 59,000 people compared to the level reached a year earlier, […]

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Is a technology-based economy one without job growth?

Is a technology-based economy one without job growth?

That is the concern expressed by many economists and others.  In this TED talk, MIT’s Erik Brynjolfsson argues that job growth will return. . . eventually.

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Milk from Contented Robots?  Technology & Productivity, Dairy Farm Division

Milk from Contented Robots? Technology & Productivity, Dairy Farm Division

A recent report from the Tug Hill region of New York documents how technology is improving the productivity in the dairy industry.  The entire milking process is coming under the control of robots.  We kid you not: Cows wearing numbered red collars with transmitters pushed their way through one-way gates at both sides of the […]

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Is the Skills Gap really a Wage Gap?

Is the Skills Gap really a Wage Gap?

That’s the question raised by blogger Kevin Drum.  He cites a recent article quoting Eric Hahn a manager at General Plastics, a manufacturer in Washington state who can’t find applicants that can meet the basic math requirements for a recent job posting: OK, now look at the chart on the right. [You can click on […]

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