The cofounder of the social platform aims to digitally map the world’s 3.5 billion workers.
We all know that technology is poised to wipe out lots and lots of jobs. Driverless trucks threaten the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people. Robots can now flip hamburgers. Artificial intelligence is creeping into all sorts of professions–law, accounting, and, dare I say it, journalism.
But technology is also assisting folks in landing jobs, including through online platforms that match their abilities with employer needs–while helping to fill in any knowledge or skills that they might lack.
“We’re able to look . . . and say here are the skills that are required for that set of jobs” that a company has open, Allen Blue, the cofounder of LinkedIn, told me on the latest episode of my podcast, The Bottom Line. “And then we can look in the surrounding area and say, ‘Are there any schools out there that are teaching these skills?’ And similarly, we can say, ‘The people who are available to take those jobs–do they have those skills?'”
In this way, Blue adds, “LinkedIn brings a really unique perspective into measuring supply and demand and skill gaps, trying to understand where, in a given location, education, employment, and people who can take jobs . . . actually all come together.”
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