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NEXT: The Future of “Essential” Work(ers)

David Staley David Staley NEXT: The Future of “Essential” Work(ers)

The COVID-19 pandemic has bifurcated the world of work. For some, their work can be performed while cocooned in private virtual worlds, carried out over Zoom. For others, their work must be performed in the physical, public and increasingly dangerous “real world.” The sight of cities devoid of people, of empty stadiums and deserted beaches has […]

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The Future of Work: Robots, AI, and Automation

Kylie Harwell-Sturgill Kylie Harwell-Sturgill The Future of Work: Robots, AI, and Automation

Automation has been a driving force in the global economy for decades now, but the rapidity with which new artificial intelligence technology is progressing is almost mind-boggling. The question for workers is no longer “will my job still exist?” but “will my industry still exist?” Billions of lives will be affected in the coming years […]

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NEXT: A World Without Referees

David Staley David Staley NEXT: A World Without Referees

I first started writing this piece after watching an Ohio State football game where video review overturned what I thought was a rather obvious call that the referees had blown. Big Ten referees seem especially prone to making such bad calls: wouldn’t it be great if the video review were used for every call, taking […]

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NEXT: Automation and Bioengineering Will Drive the Future of Manufacturing

David Staley David Staley NEXT: Automation and Bioengineering Will Drive the Future of Manufacturing

The Columbus Idea Foundry provides a glimpse of the future of manufacturing.  The Idea Foundry is an expression of the “maker movement,” a renewed interest in things and objects, in making and manufacture, and in the skilled trades, which have been in decline over the past two generations. Manufacturing at the Idea Foundry is smaller […]

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