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Andrew Yang’s ideas on automation and mass unemployment are not based in reality.
Rew Yang’s dystopian warnings about automation and mass unemployment have mostly been a quirky and harmless sideshow throughout this year’s Democratic primary. Like many tech types and TED Talk fans, the former businessman believes that the United States is living through an age of technological upheaval that has already devastated manufacturing work and will soon render millions of other jobs obsolete. During Tuesday’s Democratic showdown in Ohio, his pet subject took center stage when CNN asked the candidates about their plans to help Americans who lose their jobs to automation. Economists have been debating whether automation or trade is more responsible for the long-term decline of U.S. factory work for a while, and it’s possible to find experts on both sides of the issue.
After remaining steady for years, the total number of U.S. manufacturing jobs suddenly plummeted in the early 2000s-from more than 17 million in 2000 to under 14 million in 2007. In 2015, economists from Ball State University suggested that around 87 percent of manufacturing job losses between 2000 and 2010 were due to improved productivity from automation, and just 13 percent were due to trade, claims that later appeared in the New York Times. Within other manufacturing sectors, productivity grew slowly, which meant industrial robots probably couldn’t explain job losses. In a 2017 paper economists Daron Acemoglu of MIT and Pascual Restrepo of Boston University concluded that the growth of industrial robots in the U.S.
since 1990 could only explain between between 360,000 and 670,000 job losses. Justin Pierce of the Federal Reserve Board and Peter Schott of Yale have found evidence that the U.S.’s decision to grant the People’s Republic permanent normal trade relations in 2000 led to declines in American jobs. In a widely celebrated line of papers, economists David Autor, David Dorn, and Gordon Hanson have concluded that imports from China eliminated almost 1 million American manufacturing jobs from 1999 to 2011, and that the knock-on effects within local communities led to a total loss of as many as 2.4 million U.S. jobs overall. Some of Autor’s own recent research suggests that automation has shifted the power balance between workers and capital owners, leading labor’s share of national income to decline.
It’s also true that, to some extent, trade and tech may have worked together to eliminate jobs: Some factory owners may have automated their production lines to save labor costs because they were under pressure from Chinese competition.
Announcing RPA, enhanced security, no-code virtual agents, and more for Microsoft Power Platform
Our goal with Dynamics 365 and the Microsoft Power Platform is to help your organization drive more impactful business outcomes and take proactive actions that will uniquely position and differentiate your business in the fast-evolving market. Microsoft Flow is being renamed to Microsoft Power Automate, to better align with the Microsoft Power Platform. Robotic process automation has been added to Microsoft Power Automate, delivering an end-to-end automation solution that spans AI, APIs, and UI on the Microsoft Power Platform. Microsoft Power Virtual Agents-a no-code/low-code app that allows anyone to create and deploy intelligent AI-powered virtual agents. A host of new security enhancements for Microsoft Power BI, that add industry leading data security capabilities no matter where your analytics data is used and accessed.
Tighter integration between the Microsoft Power Platform and Microsoft Teams, bringing the world’s most popular collaboration app and the Power Platform closer together. A new set of prebuilt models for AI Builder that add even more advanced AI models to Microsoft Power Automate and Microsoft Power Apps that are available to everyone. Microsoft Power Virtual Agents, now in preview, is a new offering that enables subject matter experts in your organization – such as customer service, sales, marketing, finance, or HR – to easily create virtual agents using a guided, no-code/low-code point-and-click graphical interface without the need for data scientists or developers. Because they’re already integrated with Microsoft’s Power Platform, you can use hundreds of prebuilt connectors so your virtual agents can talk to your backend systems with a few clicks – or easily add capabilities like using Microsoft Power Automate to call an API. What’s more, if you want to add code or, say, some more complex capabilities, Azure Cognitive Services and Microsoft Bot Framework are fully integrated and just a few clicks away.
Enforce governance policies even when Power BI content is exported to Excel, PowerPoint, or PDF, to help ensure data is protected even when it leaves Power BI. Monitor and protect user activity on sensitive data in real time with alerts, session monitoring, and risk remediation using Microsoft Cloud App Security. Now in preview, these capabilities engage when Power BI is paired with Microsoft Information Protection and Microsoft Cloud App Security. Learn more about the enhanced Power Platform integration within Teams.
Robotic process automation now in preview in Microsoft Power Automate
Today we’re announcing the preview of UI flows, which adds robotic process automation capabilities to Microsoft Power Automate. UI flows brings together the rich feature set of API-based digital process automation that is available today, with RPA UI-based automation to create a truly end-to-end automation platform. In an increasingly connected world, deep automation capabilities allow customers to do more with less across their business. Microsoft Power Automate already helps hundreds of thousands of organizations orchestrate the automation of processes every day, but we’re far from done. To support our customers’ growing needs to scale across legacy and modern applications, we’re pleased to introduce the preview of UI flows in Power Automate.
UI flows is 100 percent cloud-based and uses the same low/no-code experience that millions of people are familiar with in Power Automate today to build automation atop the UI of applications that do not have an API available. Seamlessly integrate UI automation with API-based automation by combining UI flows with regular flows. Try the UI flows preview and learn more from the sessions and content we’re delivering at Microsoft Ignite, including our session on Intelligent Automation with Stephen Siciliano, in addition to a host of sessions covering Power Automate, the new Microsoft Flow. Power Automate is helping customers go a step further in their digital transformation journey by automating legacy applications combined with modern apps. A new partnership with FortressIQ to automate the automation.
Use the seamless integration between FortressIQ and Power Automate to automatically create the flow at the click of a button. As we expand the capabilities of Power Automate, we’re committed to continue growing the strong partnership across our system integrators ecosystem in the RPA space, as well as helping our customers and partners deliver on the promise of intelligent automation that transforms their products and services.