What will be the role of humans in a world of intelligent robots?

What will be the role of humans in a world of intelligent robots?

Further automation of the retail sector raises issues far beyond the needless luxuries of choice, convenience and speed of delivery (Amazon to test drone deliveries in British skies, 27 July). I wonder if the “demand” for stuff to be delivered by robot to our door within 30 minutes of ordering really exists – is modern satisfaction really that shallow? But in an increasingly automated society, where are the wages to buy these goods going to come from? While Brexit showed that politicians were detached from the anger of the dispossessed…

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The secret life of a DJ: a joyous job in a grimly misogynistic industry

The secret life of a DJ: a joyous job in a grimly misogynistic industry

The entertainment industry is a difficult place in which to carve out a career, and attempting to navigate this patriarchal, charlatan-filled landscape is all the more trying as a young female. I am a successful DJ, play all over the world and have won various awards for my work. I love what I do. But I loathe the music business. Dance music for the most part is a boys’ club: tech geeks pressing buttons in darkened rooms, or ultra-macho pseudo rock stars strutting their stuff, accessorised by half-naked podium dancers….

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My line manager has no complaints about my work yet excludes me

My line manager has no complaints about my work yet excludes me

Twice a week we publish problems that will feature in a forthcoming Dear Jeremyadvice column in the Saturday Guardian so that readers can offer their own advice and suggestions. We then print the best of your comments alongside Jeremy’s own insights. Here is the latest dilemma – what are your thoughts? I started work in a department about a year ago where I was told that, if I demonstrated a commitment to the job, I could progress. I worked hard, contributed to team meetings and up-skilled at every opportunity but…

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How to handle your critics: ‘It felt like a slap in the face’

How to handle your critics: ‘It felt like a slap in the face’

“An app teaching children a bedtime routine? How about parents do that themselves? What happened to society? I’m not supporting this.” When I received this damning feedback from a blogger after launching my app (which helps children follow a bedtime routine), it felt like a slap in the face. I’d approached a few bloggers to get the word out and had specifically asked them for a review. This blogger emailed me after refusing to give one. She signed off: “Good luck dumbing down families.” FacebookTwitterPinterest Gwendi Klisa . Photograph: Gwendi…

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Have you ever missed a job application deadline?

Have you ever missed a job application deadline?

Steven Woolfe, a Ukip MEP, has insisted his application to lead his party was sent on time, despite the nomination not being received until 12.17pm on Sunday, 17 minutes past the midday deadline. “I was actually on the phone with one of the Ukip officials at four minutes to 12 telling them I’m pressing the button for submit and he was saying, ‘We can’t see it, take photographs of it,’ which I did. I sent them at eight minutes past,” he said. Woolfe said he hoped the party would accept…

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‘The stigma is still the main barrier’: getting female ex-offenders back to work

‘The stigma is still the main barrier’: getting female ex-offenders back to work

When the fourth season of Netflix’s prison drama Orange Is the New Black (OITNB) came online last month, a whopping 6.7 million viewersin the US tuned in to see (spoiler alert!) what the inmates would do with their newfound freedom. But once the joy of frolicking around in a lake was over, the reality started to set in: what do offenders do when they get out? Diversity versus cultural fit: ‘I hire people who I know will challenge me’ Read more In Australia, it’s the role of state government corrective…

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CV writing: use clear facts to highlight your value to employers

CV writing: use clear facts to highlight your value to employers

Most business decisions are based on cold, hard facts, and hiring decisions are no different. If an organisation is going to invest time and money employing you, they will need to see evidence that you can perform. By now we all know that cliches and buzzwords do nothing to impress recruiters, but many candidates still do not fully understand which facts are sought in a CV. For example, when writing your role descriptions you should put yourself in the hiring manager’s shoes and think about the evidence you would require…

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Why don’t women stop playing this rigged capitalist game?

Why don’t women stop playing this rigged capitalist game?

If the game is rigged, should players bother competing or should they look for a new game altogether? When Kevin Roberts, the now-suspended executive chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi, suggested in a recent interview that “the fucking debate [about gender] is all over”, he unleashed a wave of anger in an industry in which barely more than 10% of creative directors are female. The reaction to Roberts’s comments suggests that far from being historically concluded, the debate about gender in the workplace has barely begun. Roberts’s justification for his claim…

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Is an algorithm any less racist than a human?

Is an algorithm any less racist than a human?

We would all like to fancy ourselves as eminently capable of impartiality, able to make decisions without prejudices – especially at work. Unfortunately, the reality is that human bias, both conscious and unconscious, can’t help but come into play when it comes to who gets jobs and how much money candidates get offered. Managers often gravitate to people most like themselves, make gender-based assumptions about skills or salaries, or reject candidates who have non-white names – to name just a few examples – even if they don’t mean to. There’s…

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In the office all hours? Tell us about your company’s work culture

In the office all hours? Tell us about your company’s work culture

An increasing number of workers in Japan, are dying from the country’s ingrained culture of overworking. It is so accepted that the word “karoshi” (過労死, meaning overworking death) can be registered as an official cause of death. According to labour ministry data, claims for compensation for karoshi rose to a record high of 1,456 in 2015. But are all workers, in all countries, suffering from overwork? A long-hours culture has similarly impacted the US, and today the American 40-hour workweek is actually far closer to 47 hours — nearly a…

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