September 08, 2015 | by David Conway, ARK Analyst | Industrial
Today, the Third Industrial Revolution is upon us, cutting across sectors to weave robots and adaptive algorithms into the fabric of our lives. Advancements in sensors, mechanical systems, wireless communication, computing, cameras, and other technologies have enabled advanced robotics and automation systems. Autonomous vehicles may be just around the corner. Robots can vacuum floors, write […]November 10, 2014 | by David Conway, ARK Analyst | Industrial
According to a recent Oxford University study, automation will eliminate more than eight million American jobs by 2025. Astoundingly, during the next decade through 2035, the number of displaced workers will rise more than nine-fold to approximately 75 million.1 For perspective, the current civilian US labor force is 156 million. While robots will take jobs, […]October 24, 2014 | by David Conway, ARK Analyst | Industrial
Automation improves productivity which, in the short-term, can hurt employment. Rapid changes in technology are beginning to impact every sector of the economy. Longer run, and counter-intuitively, automation should lead to a meaningful increase in employment, as opposed to the mass unemployment depicted in popular press. History offers reason for optimism for the U.S. workforce. Here […]September 15, 2014 | by David Conway, ARK Analyst | Industrial
Over the past few years, investors have been concerned about the outlook for the Indian and Chinese economies. The agricultural sector, however, would suggest that productivity gains could contribute significantly to their health and wealth. Technology and automation has powered efficiencies in the agricultural sector for centuries. The cotton gin, the plow, and the tractor […]April 07, 2014 | by Steven Dupler, ARK Analyst | Digital
Now two years into its planned 100-year lifespan, Google’s (GOOG) gDNA is an unprecedented and ambitious big data study that closely examines the lives and habits of 4,000 Googlers each year. Its goal is to understand how employees’ work lives interact with their personal ones, and how to help create more satisfied and productive workers.