Sweden electrified at the turn of the 20th century, leading to over 8,000 work stoppages – but the strikers were no Luddites.
Artificial intelligence requires machines, processing power and energy consumption, among other things. Often, we’re unaware of the presence of this infrastructure around us.
Artificial intelligence is supported by an infrastructure of hardware and software that is growing increasingly present in our lives, yet remains hidden in plain view.
These boys working in a Georgia cotton mill were photographed in 1909.
Lewis Hine/The National Child Labor Committee Collection via Library of Congress
More than a fifth of US children were working in 1900, and many Americans saw nothing wrong with that. It took decades of activism and court battles plus economic upheaval to change course.
Nigeria has to include digital literacy in its primary school curriculum.
Nigeria's education system must embrace artificial intelligence technologies to join the fourth industrial revolution.
The pagans paved the way for our modern festivities.
George Eliot (1819-1880), aged 30.
Alexandre-Louis-François d'Albert-Durade/National Portrait Gallery
Born the same year as Queen Victoria, Eliot faced similar life choices to many young women today
As early as the 1860s the twin diseases of modernity – overwork and sleeplessness – became the focus of cultural anxieties.
The design of the global money game is the real antagonist in the fight against climate change. But the call to arms tends to be directed at the players who have had best luck with the dice.
New technologies are changing agricultural production, but can they help address food insecurity?
With each industrial revolution, food production and distribution has been revolutionized. With the current Fourth Industrial Revolution, can we address inequalities in food distribution?
Who needs a worker checking shelves when you have a robot?
AP Photo/David J. Phillip
Two management experts devised a new way to predict whether your job is likely to get stolen by a robot – and what you can do about it.
The exploitation of fossil fuels emits CO₂, the main cause of global warming.
The Earth’s past shows the key role of CO₂ on climate for 4.45 billion years, and how human industrial activity has disrupted its cycle at an unprecedented rate over the past 160 years.
The practices and values of craftsmanship correspond well with the requirements for a sustainable economy. But they're threatened by industry.
Our love affair with the chair has horrible consequences.
ESCP Europe Business School Berlin.
On the fourth era of business schools and the urgency of reinventing them.
So gooey, so good.
Chewonki Semester School
The gooey treat couldn't have become popularized without the technological advances of the Industrial Revolution, which brought cheap sweets to the masses.
This is certainly a moment to bring Engels's shade out of the shadows.
Bryant and May match girls strike committee, 1888.
TUC Library Collections, London Metropolitan University
These female workers had their health destroyed by a horrific disease known as 'phossy jaw'. It caused their jaw bones to glow in the dark and rot away.
anonymous illustrator/Wikimedia Commons
The panic about British children reaching puberty younger is unwarranted. Medieval skeletons provide a different answer.
Without investment, fewer products will bear this ‘Made in the USA’ logo in the future.
AP Photo/M. Spencer Green
If President Trump really wants to restore America's manufacturing might he should invest heavily in AI, the internet of things and other emerging technologies that are changing the world.
Where are all the people in this factory?
AP Photo/Jeff Chiu
The Industrial Revolution led to centuries of social and economic upheaval. Are economists telling us not to worry about workplace automation because things will be better in a couple hundred years?