How to build a fairer gig economy in 4 steps

Gig workers suffer from low pay, wage theft, precariousness, dangerous working conditions, and discrimination.

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You've probably heard at least two things about the gig economy.

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Study: Ending the racial wealth gap would add a trillion dollars to the economy

America's racial wealth disparity is entrenched, with devastating effects. What if we got rid of it?

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  • A new study shows that the wealth gap in the United States is still here, huge, and affects every aspect of our economic lives.
  • The authors explain that narrowing the gap would increase GDP size substantially.
  • The study also reminds us that little will change without major policy changes.
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McDonald's wants to automate its drive-thrus with A.I.

The fast-food company recently agreed to acquire a tech company whose "speech-to-meaning" technology might soon be interpreting customers' orders.

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  • McDonald's has agreed to acquire Apprente, whose speech recognition technology can supposedly understand complex orders.
  • McDonald's has acquired two other tech companies this year: one that updates drive-thru menus, and another that uses mobile apps to boost customer engagement.
  • The company hasn't said whether the new A.I. is likely to replace human workers.
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It’s time to switch to a four-day working week, say these two Davos experts

'For decades, all the major economists ... they all believed that we would be working less and less', Rutger Bregman told Davos

Working less would have a range of benefits for workers and employers and the world should embrace the four-day working week, was the message two experts brought to Davos 2019.

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4 big trends for the sharing economy in 2019

A growing middle-class is set to drive the sharing economy in the near future.

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In 2019, it is a mind-bending exercise to reflect on the past decade of the sharing economy. A time traveller who skipped here from 2009 would note that it has fulfilled both more than, and less than, its original potential.

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