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Jobs 2: Tech Backlash or Last Hurrahs of the Technophobes?

Will ordinary people ever rise up against technology’s endless march?

Will ordinary people ever rise up against technology’s endless march?

Tech backlash or last hurrahs of the technophobes?

That is the question now being entertained for the millionth time and it presents a new angle on jobs, high tech, well paid jobs.

People have always opposed new technology. Centuries ago, the Luddites smashed machinery they realised was destroying old jobs. New developments have always done away with old ways of doing things and forced industries and cultures to reinvent, adapt, change,move on.

The camera was opposed by many in the 19th century as an intrusion into people’s privacy.

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Jobs 1: Fancy a Brain Processing Implant to Boost Job Prospects for 51-hour Working Weeks?

 

Do our brains need a bit of processing uplift with an implant?

Do our brains need a bit of processing uplift with an implant?We’re looking at jobs this week. What was your reaction when (if) you heard the results of a survey by job search website that in the future 30 years from now, workers who chose to have technological implants will become our society’s biggest earners?

We’re looking at jobs this week. What was your reaction when (if) you heard the results of a survey by job search website xpatjobs.com that in the future 30 years from now, workers who chose to have technological implants will become our society’s biggest earners?

Was it:

How do you define biggest earners?
What, aren’t we robotic enough?
Good idea, make us robots?
Where do I sign up?

When you heard that the average working week could rise to over 50 hours a week (not to mention the must publicised opinions that today’s workers under 35 will have to work into their 70s, was it:

I work over 50 hours a week as it is?
That’s a good idea?
No way will that be acceptable?
Where are the new jobs coming from?

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Personal Finance Set to Really Enter the Digital Age Soon

As personal finance goes truly digital, what next for bank buildings?

As personal finance goes truly digital, what next for bank buildings?

As youngsters are set to have the basics of personal finance actually taught to them in classrooms, it is clear that the revolution in banking and financial services has only just got going.

It’s getting on for two decades since online banking was launched in the UK and use has been steadily but not dramatically upwards.

Business and financial advisers Grant Thornton have conducted a survey into how much customers prefer online to the old-fashioned bricks and face-to-face contact in bank branches.

Apparently, 48% preferred to do business, especially big ‘milestone’ events like mortgage and loan applications with a real physical person. 40% said they liked better to do it all online.

More surprisingly, 86% still had confidence in their banks to correct errors quickly and fairly with 91% reporting satisfaction with their own bank. The ability to allegedly switch banks in 7 days left 87% content with their current provider.

The British Bankers’ Association (BBA) have admitted that ‘branch numbers will continue to fall’, regardless of what people tell surveys. The fact is that footfall at branches is measurably declining. High street outlets are costly to run. The alleged ‘golden age of banking’ is long gone.

 

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Bad Backs Fear Makes Young People Sit Up and Take Notice. Or Not.

Everybody needs to be careful of their back postures when sitting too long

Everybody needs to be careful of their back postures when sitting too long

In April 2014 the British Chiropractic Association held its Chiropractic Awareness Week. To celebrate, this organisation of those who look after people’s postures, skeletons and whole bodies commissioned a poll into the impact of computers and other devices on children and teenagers.

Chiropractic Awareness Week Technology and Teens discovered that 40% of British 11-16 year olds have experienced back and/or neck pain.

And on top of this, they found that 15% of parents were of the view that their offsprings’ suffering was a direct result of using a tablet, laptop or PC. The warnings from the chiropractics was that teenagers are ‘increasingly at risk from back or neck pain due to increasingly sedentary lifestyles and excessive use of technology.’

 

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Apps Turn Everyone Into Sociopaths, It Seems!

Does a human relationship need an app to make it work?

Does a human relationship need an app to make it work?

Do we really need apps to tell us everything now? Well, apparently so.

A new generation of apps is coming on stream that does more than augment our lives but actually controls them on our behalf.

It may be fine for domestic jobs, shopping and the like to have reminders apped to us. But prompting us to send texts to our significant others and doing it for us?

Surely that was lies madness?

According to Evan Selinger, Fellow at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology (!) in an article for Wired ‘today’s apps are turning us into sociopaths.’

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