Week 4 discussion
DQ1 Topic 7
Technology and the changing nature of work
*The following resources are also listed under Week 4 content
for your convenience*
For this discussion, watch the following videos:
1. Erik Brynjolgsson (2013) The key to growth, race with the
machines available at:
2. Robert Gordon (Feb, 2013): The Death of Innovation, the
End of Growth.
And read the following articles:
1. The future of smart cities:
2. Newman, R. (2012). Ten businesses that will boom in 2020.
3. Boston.com (n.d.) Thirty fastest- growing jobs by 2020.
4. Boston.com (n.d.). Thirty of the fastest declining
occupations. Available at: http://www.boston.com/jobs/2013/12/30/the-fastest-declining-occupations/PRZVnJg25iIBgJFyv70BxN/story.html
What does Erik Brynjolfsson say about productivity and
income? How does Brynjolfsson say that people can find gainful employment if
they have to compete against technology? (1-2 sentences)
What does Robert Gordon say about productivity and
innovation? (1-2 sentences)
Brynjolfsson and Gordon present contrasting viewpoints on
productivity in the US, but both agree that worker incomes have fallen. Looking
forward, do you side with Brynjolfssonâs optimism or Gordonâs pessimism about
technologyâs impact on the worker and why?
What do you think will happen to income and standard of living in the
decades to come?
Visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook at: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/.
In the search box, type in name of the career you that you hope to pursue.
Depending on how specific the career is, you may be given several links as
options or you may be taken directly to a summary page. Once on the summary
page, pay special attention to the information about job outlook for the next
What career did you choose?
How many jobs currently exist for this career? (most will
report data from 2012)
What is the expected job outlook for this career?
How do you think your chosen career will be impacted by
Remember to respond
substantively to at least 2 other classmates during the week to earn full
DQ2 topic 8
Technology and Work-Life balance
*The following resources are also listed under Week 4
content for your convenience*
Read the articles below:
1. Kumar, H., & Chakraborty, S. (2013). Work life
balance (WLB): A key to organizational efficiency. Aweshkar Research Journal,
15(1), 62-70. Retrieved from:
2. Smith, J. (Jun 3, 2013). The best big companies for
work-life balance. Forbes. Retrieved from:
3. Tobak, S. (Jul 24, 2013). The work-life balance myth.
Using your own words, define âwork-lifeâ balance.
Based on what you have read, why is work-life balance
important (cite sources as appropriate) for individuals as well as
Based on what you have read, what are some effective
strategies for improving work-life balance?
What different approaches might anthropologists,
gerontologists, and sociologists take regarding work-life balance? In other
words, what issues arise regarding work-life imbalance might be of particular
interest to each of these social sciences?
Throughout the week, remember to respond substantively to at
least 2 classmates in order to receive full credit for participation.
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