Friday Five: Babies, Billionaires and Socially Conscious AIs

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This week I’ve got another grab bag of reads for you. I suspect that many writers, like me, were waiting for the jobs report to drop and maaaay have neglected other stories. Whoops! But the jobs report is here and between breaks in poring over all those delicious labour statistics, check out these other interesting pieces.

Here is your Friday five:

Pregnant Woman Says She Was Fired After Being Told ‘Pregnancy Is Not Part of the Uniform’

Over at Mic, Brianna Provenzano writes about a woman suing P&G for wrongful dismissal. Tiffany Kantrowitz alleges that Dolce and Gabbana discriminated against her for being pregnant and eventually found an excuse, in this case tester product in her possession, to fire her. We don’t know all the facts of the case yet, but this will be one to watch simply because of the current climate around pregnancy, leave and work.

Can AI Help Gender Diversity Help AI?

Can AI help all of our diversity programs to work more effectively? It turns out that it just might. Experiments at Google, Unitive, Textio and other tech companies have used machine learning to show that AI can keep diversity inititiatives honest, and operating as intended. They’ve also shown that they can pick just as many good candidates as human recruiters. Uh oh, looks like we may have another victim of the robot apocalypse on the way.

Want to Raise a Tech Entrepreneur? Give Your Child These Chores

Hmm. HMM. I have my doubts. (Like, a lot of doubts, people.) But Alexandra Samuel writing in the WSJ says that nope, it’s that easy to foster a spirit of entrepeneurship and exploration and a fascination with tech. If only employee development and training could be this easy. Some of the chores? Managing cables, ripping CDs (those still exist!?) and providing tech support to older relatives.

5 Ugly Myths About Changing Career In Your 30s

This piece hits close to home for me because out of all of my older millennial friends and acquaintances, only a handful haven’t switched careers in their 30s. Even many of my gen x and boomer colleagues are switching careers. Because the economy is transforming so rapidly, career changes only make sense — after all, where’s a newspaper reporter supposed to go when the last newspaper closes? They could switch to online media or they could pursue an entirely new career elsewhere. But part of the problem for people changing careers “late in the game” is all the stigma and naysaying that goes with it.

Billionaires Are Funding Lots of Grandiose Plans. Welcome their Ambition

This is less of an HR read but a piece I thought was worth reading anyway. We’re living in a new Gilded Age, it seems, where the rich are mega-rich, richer than has ever been seen before. And whenever such a gap opens between the rich and the poor we see grand philanthropic experiments and endowments. Schumpeter says that we should welcome their wacky experiments — not only can they fund projects the rest of us can’t, they have interesting ideas that would never make it through the bureaucratic approval process. So, what will Mark Zuckerberg give to the future? Besides VR. Tell me it’s not VR…

 

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