December 1, 2017: Friday News Roundup

Hope you kept your mind busy while the roundup was off for the Thanksgiving holiday here in the U.S. And now it’s December already! Ease into the new month with some numbers on job automation, advice for enjoying your successes, and more.

Automation May Require As Many As 375 Million People To Find New Jobs By 2030
The first thing that grabbed us about this article (after the alarming headline) was the photo of Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli performing with a robot conductor. Don’t think they’ve automated opera singers yet, but what will you do when tech comes for your job? Check out the country-by-country stats on where the most jobs will disappear.

Jerry A. Fodor, Philosopher Who Plumbed the Mind’s Depths, Dies at 82
As we ponder artificial intelligence and its ability to duplicate some work of the human brain, take a moment to read this obituary for a pioneer who “brought the workings of 20th-century computer technology to bear on ancient questions about the structure of human cognition.”

Adam Grant’s Simple Trick For Actually Enjoying Your Successes
If you’re an ambitious, type-A personality, you may always be looking ahead to your next challenge to conquer and feeling stressed about whether you’ll be able to repeat past successes. Author Adam Grant suggests you slow down and celebrate your achievements by engaging in “mental time-travel.”

What to Do When a Personal Crisis Is Hurting Your Professional Life
No matter how good you think you are at compartmentalizing, there will be times when your personal life won’t stay in its box and interferes with your work performance. This article has some helpful advice for managing work during those tense times.

Can Tech Make My Morning Routine Any Easier?
This episode of the Recode “Too Embarrassed To Ask” podcast surveys a few tech experts and thought leaders about their favorite morning hacks, apps, and gadgets. Maybe they’ll help you get your day started right too.