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Friday, April 14, 2017

Proposed, An AI Index to Track Automation

See some of our previous look at Job and task analysis.  See the O*Net tag below, and the associated  online resource here.  A place to start for this kind of analysis.  But it is still hard to get precise breakouts of jobs to tasks, and how they are likely to change in the presence of emerging technology. Try it first with past data on automation with standard computing.

New Tools Needed to Track Technology's Impact on Jobs, Panel Says
By The New York Times  via the CACM.

New tools must be developed to track and measure the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) and automation on the U.S. job market, according to a report from an expert panel at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

The panel recommends creating an AI index, analogous to the Consumer Price Index, which would be integrated with data on skills and tasks involved in various occupations to guide education and job-training programs. It also says a public-private alliance is necessary for developing such tools because information from numerous sources, ranging from traditional government statistics to databases from online services, can be harnessed for insights on skills, job openings, and how effective training programs are. The idea is that employees in declining occupations could find useful information about more promising careers requiring both similar and new skills. The tool also could pull information on job placement rates for courses that cultivate those new skills. ....  "

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