The real risk of automation: boredom

What happens if we miss out on positive experiences associated with effort? Will we lose the ‘effort’ habit in the process, with deleterious effects further down the line?

The real risk of automation: boredom

  A less effortful, more efficient life may not be a better life. Are we at risk of boring ourselves to death? Less than 5% of occupations are 100% automatable, according to estimates. However, 30% of the work involved in most jobs could be carried out by machines. For the overworked employee, a reduced workload […]

Bali’s Mt Agung eruption shows how businesses should and shouldn’t react

Bali’s Mt Agung eruption shows how businesses should and shouldn’t react

  Tourism businesses should start by communicating precisely what they are going to do about the situation to the customer – quickly and clearly, to reduce uncertainty and avoid confusion.  Russel PJ Kingshott, Senior Lecturer in Retailing, School of Marketing, Curtin Business School, Curtin University   There’s nothing like an erupting volcano to reveal who does and […]

The truth behind big bubbles and crashes

The truth behind big bubbles and crashes

When Katherine Hunt’s dad asked her whether or not he should invest in Bitcoin, alarm bells rang, first she thought “he’s a musician”. Hunt is a lecturer in accounting at the Griffith Business School, and as someone who knows the five stages of a bubble and crash, she was worried when it seemed everyone was […]

This is how a universal basic income can end financial exclusion

This is how a universal basic income can end financial exclusion

A customer withdraws money from a Bank of Baroda automated teller machine (ATM) in Mumbai, India The main argument for a universal basic income (UBI) is that it would reduce poverty and income inequality. Yet UBI advocates often overlook a range of other potential benefits. Digital UBI payments can bring people into the financial system […]

What China’s soccer spending teaches us about globalisation

In the same way, economic globalisation has brought improvements in living standards around the world. According to the World Bank, trade has helped halve the number of people living in extreme poverty since 1990. Specific to China.

What China’s soccer spending teaches us about globalisation

On 4 June 2002, the national football team of the People’s Republic of China took to the field for its first ever match in the FIFA World Cup. For the few thousand Chinese fans in the stadium, and the 500 million or so watching at home, the fact the team had made it there at […]

Climate change plays havoc with Pacific weather

It seems that we have: the frequency of major rainfall disruptions in the climate models had already increased by around 30% relative to pre-industrial times prior to the year 2000.

Climate change plays havoc with Pacific weather

Climate change is already delivering more extremes of wet and dry to the Pacific region.  AUTHORS: Scott B. Power,Head of Climate Research/International Development Manager, Australian Bureau of Meteorology; Brad Murphy Manager, Climate Data Services, Australian Bureau of Meteorology;Christine Chung, Research Scientist, Australian Bureau of Meteorology; François Delage Assistant scientist, Australian Bureau of Meteorology; Hua Ye, […]

The environment needs billions of dollars more: here’s how to raise the money

At a time when Australia is reconsidering many aspects of its environmental policies, we should address the strategy for funding natural resource management.

The environment needs billions of dollars more: here’s how to raise the money

Paul Martin Director, Australian Centre for Agriculture and Law, University of New England Amy Cosby Researcher, Centre for Agriculture and Law, University of New England Kip Werren Lecturer in Law, University of New England Extinction threatens iconic Australian birds and animals. The regent honeyeater, the orange-bellied parrot, and Leadbeater’s possum have all entered the list […]

 When crackpot conspiracy theories are touted as news we all lose

 When crackpot conspiracy theories are touted as news we all lose

Peter Ellerton, Lecturer in Critical Thinking, The University of Queensland Humans are fascinated by potential disasters, legends or prophecies that promise the end of the world. There is even a word for the study of such things: eschatology, from the Greek eschatos for “last” and -ology “to speak” or “to study”. There is also something […]

Saturday in the park

Saturday in the park

The women’s march in Washington and in other American cities and towns was focussed on messages for a better way of being for all people. Around the world they marched as well and, by golly, The Donald, sitting in The Whitehouse must have wondered what the next four years will be like. Totally lacking in […]

How the media portrayed the Taliban’s attack on Malala

How the media portrayed the Taliban’s attack on Malala

After the Taliban attempted to assassinate Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani newspapers used common language to describe the attack, which suggests the media has influence in changing social perceptions of the group, according to research published in the Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (JSSH). Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for female education and the […]

Boris Johnson is a weird choice

Boris Johnson is a weird choice

www.themirrorinspires.com Making Boris Johnson – who led the Brexit campaign and has the same hairdresser as Donald Trump – Foreign Minister is sure to go down as one of the more memorial appointments in British political history. And this is before he even does a day’s work or finds his coffee cup! I can see […]

Making Sense of Brexit 

Making Sense of Brexit 

Global Affairs As policies, the recent developments in Britain seem irrational. But the problems underpinning the Brexit vote really aren’t about policies, so they aren’t amenable to policy analysis and solutions.  By Philip Bobbitt Of the millions of words written in the past few days about Brexit — the British vote to leave the European […]

Jo Cox: Proud Yorkshire lass who became local MP

Jo Cox: Proud Yorkshire lass who became local MP

Jo Cox was the Labour MP for Batley and Spen She was a self-proclaimed “proud Yorkshire lass” whose work for charity took her around the world and whose political success led her to Westminster. Jo Cox MP, who has died after being shot and stabbed in her constituency in Birstall, West Yorkshire, was elected as […]

 The paradox of meritocracy

Blind spot? Managers in meritocratic organizations fail to recognise their own bias. From founders to funders, Silicon Valley prides itself on its meritocratic ethos; however, new research from MIT finds that organizations with meritocratic values are often the worst offenders of bias, specifically as it relates to gender. Authors Emilio Castilla and Stephen Bernard found […]

Factory replacing robots with humans

Personal touch … Mercedes-Benz has found some jobs can only be done by humans Mercedes-Benz is firing robots and bringing in humans to do the job instead. Robots can’t keep up with the changing pace and adaptation required by the luxury car-maker; instead the flexibility and dexterity of human workers is required. “We’re moving away […]