July 7, 2017: Friday News Roundup

Happy Friday! Today, we bring you skills for jobs of the future… but also a retro technology that’s rising again like a phoenix! And maybe liberal arts majors and techies can coexist peacefully after all?

7 Critical Skills For the Jobs of the Future
We’ve shared lists like this before: the areas where you can still shine as automation spreads. In addition to some we’ve seen on every list, this one includes a few more we really like, such as collaboration across networks, taking initiative, and both oral and written communication.

This Emotional Intelligence Test Was So Accurate It Was Creepy
The writer shares her experience of taking the EQ-i 2.0 test to discover her “strengths, weaknesses, and what they might mean for my career.” She seems a bit skeptical of some of the results but acknowledges “how interconnected these attributes can be” and shares questions you can ask yourself to measure your emotional intelligence.

What Interacting With Robots Might Reveal About Human Nature
Stepping away from the workplace, it’s fascinating (terrifying?) to ponder how the integration of robots into society will change the basic ways we behave not only with the machines but also with each other. For example, one experiment found that people are reluctant to “hurt” a robot, and there are stories of people naming their Roombas and assigning human qualities to them. Think you could love a bot?

Liberal Arts in the Data Age
Yes, there is most definitely still value in studying the humanities, as one author states emphatically in a new book that “takes aim at the ‘false dichotomy’ between the humanities and computer science.” To solve the world’s biggest problems, he argues, we need to expand students’ range of learning, not narrow it to STEM subjects exclusively.

Vinyl Records are So Popular that Sony Plans to Make Them Again
We recently included an article about typewriter enthusiasts in the Friday roundup, but those collectors are left to hunt at thrift stores and yard sales. Vinyl record fans, however, can look forward to a brand-new supply coming on the market. Though Sony stopped making vinyl albums in 1989, they just announced plans to resume production.