02 Aug '13, 8pm
Can computers help reverse falling employment?
Andy Oram just posted an interesting article on the O'Reilly Weblog. Andy Oram Can computers help reverse falling employment? Information technologies are implicated in a worldwide and world-historic crisis: falling employment. [...] Each labor-saving device means the idling of thousands of people, wasting their years of experience, rigorous training, and practical insights. [...] Anyone who writes programs or plans system deployment should start thinking, "What can I do to bring average people back into the process of wealth creation?" This has sparked an interesting discussion over on Slashdot. My personal opinion is that short term quarter-by-quarter capitalism can't possibly think long term enough to deal with many of the larger social issues. I don't think it's just about creating jobs. I think issues such as the environment, poverty, privacy, even computer architectu...