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Is the Universe a Hologram?Scientists Answer the Most Provocative Questions$
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Adolfo Plasencia

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036016

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036016.001.0001

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There Will Be No End of Work

There Will Be No End of Work

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(p.327) 29 There Will Be No End of Work
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Is the Universe a Hologram?
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Paul Osterman

Adolfo Plasencia

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262036016.003.0029

Paul Osterman, Professor of Human Resources and Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management, starts the dialogue by explaining why offshoring is not a new phenomenon and then argues that a “stairway” should be built inside companies so that the employees can improve their conditions during their working lives. He expresses his disagreement with Rifkin’s theory and outlines why he believes there will be no “End of Work”. Later he reflects on how to balance supply and demand in the labor market with university training, and why ethics is important in the corporative world and how they try to instill this in students at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He goes on to defend the need to fight for open knowledge and for ‘opening up’ the economic system related to this, and argues why the challenge of creating ‘decent’ jobs according to standards for decent work, with social protection and decent pay continues to be decisive. Finally, he gives his opinions about new systems for organizing work in the new economy, such as Amazon’s Mechanical Turk (MTurk), which is based on human intelligence tasks (HITs).

Keywords:   Labor markets, Macroscope, Offshoring, The End of Work, Inequality, The labor market, Business ethics, Workforce skills, Amazon’s Mechanical Turk (MTurk), HIT (human intelligence task)

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