[LI] The near future of job hunting

Here are three more items concerning current developments and the future of job searches, which were posted on LinkedIn in June-July 2017. "Job Hunting in the Digital Age," New York Times, 8 April 2016 (posted June 2017) An article by Tara Siegel Bernard on job seeking which by the way underscores the asymmetry of development of … Continue reading [LI] The near future of job hunting

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[LI] Early use of algorithms for hiring

Early this past summer I came across a couple of items discussing early use of algorithms for hiring and posted them on LinkedIn to call attention to parts of the early history in this area - a decade being a long time when talking about technology. "Google Answer to Filling Jobs Is an Algorithm," New … Continue reading [LI] Early use of algorithms for hiring

[LI] Future of the job search & whose AI will change it

Three more items on how "AI" is changing job hunting. These were posted on LinkedIn in May-June 2017. (I depart from the usual presentation of short LI posts by including in 2 of the 3 below, my writing on the target pages outside of LI.) "The future of job hunting: More Spotify, less Craigslist," CIO.com, … Continue reading [LI] Future of the job search & whose AI will change it

Late Ming China & the contemporary United States

Listening to a recorded course on Chinese history* a few months ago, I was struck by how descriptions of "gridlock" in the late Ming dynasty government of China sounded much like the US government in recent years. Typically, Americans draw comparisons - apt or not - with ancient Rome, but perhaps late Ming China (which … Continue reading Late Ming China & the contemporary United States

After digitizing libraries, translating knowledge?

Nine years ago I asked the question "Can we localize entire libraries?" In the wake of the National Library of Norway's (Nasjonalbiblioteket) digitization of its holdings and collaboration with Nigeria on materials in the latter's languages, it seems like time to review what mass digitization could mean for translation of knowledge into diverse languages. My … Continue reading After digitizing libraries, translating knowledge?

[LI] Other people’s job algorithms – is this a path we want to follow?

A few days ago, LinkedIn (LI) sent me an email saying that "because you recently viewed" a particular position listed in their jobs section, "you might also like" a list of 25 others. I didn't. But I do see this automatically generated mailing - however well intended - as part of a larger trend that … Continue reading [LI] Other people’s job algorithms – is this a path we want to follow?

[LI] An employment “filter bubble”?

Apparently "70% of people in 2016 were hired at a company where they had a connection," per publicity tweeted by LinkedIn. This puts a number on the old saying, "it's not what you know but who you know." But beyond exhortations to network harder, what else might such a statistic tell us about the job … Continue reading [LI] An employment “filter bubble”?