Morning Advantage: A World Without Work

In this three-part series from The Associated Press (featured here on the The Washington Post website), experts warn that if you add up all the jobs that technology (like robots) can take, the world is going to see unemployment on a scale that we haven’t begun to imagine. The article quotes software entrepreneur and author Martin Ford, who foresees a computer-dominated economy with 75 percent unemployment before the end of this century, and questions whether human beings will have anything left to do as robot and computers get smarter.

According to former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, also quoted in the article, the world is moving in that direction. In a speech last year, he declared that the biggest economic issue of the future would not be the federal debt or competition from China but “the dramatic transformations that technology is bringing about.”

TAKE OFF, EH?

Want to Start a Startup? Move to Canada. (Big Think)

The Canadian government recently announced that on April 1, it will launch a Start-Up Visa program to "link international entrepreneurs with private sector organizations...that have experience working with startups to provide essential resources." People who qualify for the program will get permanent resident status and may eventually qualify for immigration. Canadian government minister Jason Kenney says that the program “underscores our commitment to supporting innovation and entrepreneurship in the Canadian labour market." The criteria for qualifying for the program will be published sometime this spring.

'FOUNDER' IS A STATE OF MIND

What to Do If Your Startup Needs a Pro CEO Who Has a Founder Mentality (Quartz)

The current conventional thinking about internet companies is that they're different from other types of startups, because they need to generate lots of new and exciting ideas to stay alive. Thus, the old wisdom about how founders should give way to "professional" CEOs is often said not to apply. But Reid Hoffman, cofounder of LinkedIn, realized a few years ago that being CEO wasn't for him. He didn't like running weekly staff meetings. He wanted to use his time solving intellectual challenges, not conducting debates about which employees should be promoted. His solution was to bring in a CEO who could function as a co-founder, "not as an adult supervisor." For companies like LinkedIn, the professional CEO also has to have the knowledge, moral authority, and commitment of a founder, he says. — Andy O'Connell

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