How to stop the jobs crisis and bring jobs back home

The Great Recession has been going on for four years, with no end in sight.  A great part of the problem is financial: we borrowed too much money for too long and now don’t have the ability to pay off our debts. That is the reason why governments across Europe have been calling for austerity measures. The argument for austerity is as follows: More...

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By Tristan Fischer On Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
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How bad is the youth unemployment crisis in Spain? Worse than you can imagine.

History Future Now has been tracking the expanding numbers of young people who are unemployed in the European Union with great concern. Both Greece and Spain have youth unemployment rates that are well over 50%. More...

By Tristan Fischer On Friday, September 28th, 2012
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Warehouse Bots Do Battle to Make Same-Day Delivery a Reality | Wired Business | Wired.com

Warehouses used to hire a decent number of people. Organisations like Amazon had huge warehouses that were surprisingly old fashioned with people picking up items and packaging them up.  Companies are developing More...

By Tristan Fischer On Friday, September 21st, 2012
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Why Western managers are incentivised to outsource overseas and why this is bad for society

I met with a partner of an accounting firm recently who said that his partners had concluded that most of the accounting work that is not face to face with their customers can be done anywhere in the world. With More...

By Tristan Fischer On Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
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The Cost of a Job? Your Life? Extract from “You Don’t Need a Job”

Robert Paterson is writing a series of books about how we should be living in the future.  In his blog he talks about how having a job can be very expensive: We often start life with a student loan because we need More...

By Tristan Fischer On Monday, September 10th, 2012
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Why the loss of middle class jobs will usher in the rise of political extremism

Jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs. After four years of recession in Western economies, a new theme is beginning to emerge: this time things really are different. It appears that we are not witnessing a conventional recession More...

By Tristan Fischer On Thursday, September 6th, 2012
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Taxi and bus drivers beware: Google cars will take your jobs

Google’s self driving cars are about to move out of the shadows and into the limelight following a major new victory in California as the senate there passed a bill favouring autonomous vehicle operation on More...

By Tristan Fischer On Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
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Robotic telepresence: a cheap way to commute, get skilled foreign labour

Robotic telepresence has just gotten a lot slicker and cheaper thanks to a new product from Double Robotics. A few weeks ago I wrote about living in a virtual world, and the impact of virtual working, virtual emigration, More...

By historyfuturenow On Saturday, July 28th, 2012
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Go to college so you can afford to pay your college debts

Thanks to Post Growth Institute for the cartoon.  More...

By historyfuturenow On Thursday, July 26th, 2012
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Automation providing a world of luxury, or mass poverty?

For the past 50 years there has been an expectation that the next generation will have a higher quality of life than the previous generation. With increased computerisation, globalisation and automation this expectation More...