What do networks of humans and machines actually do? We expend a lot of time and energy, especially in a project like HUMANE, trying to understand the ‘what’ and the ‘how’ of human-machine networks, but it is during a workshop such as the recent, excellent, discussions in Oxford that bring to the fore the question of ‘why’. We are apt to think of the machines in the network as the important feature… Read More

The introduction of new technology causes concern for the future of work. What is the role of humans in a work life in which an increasing number of tasks are conducted better and more efficiently by machines than by humans. In a much cited paper on automation of work through computerization, Frey and Osborne, take a starting point in the premise that new technology makes old jobs redundant faster than new jobs are… Read More