Rediscovery of the workerless
inquiline ant Pogonomyrmex colei and additional notes on natural history (Hymenoptera: Formicidae).
Economic globalization and technological change are irrevocably reshaping the nature of work: we are in the throes of a post-industrial revolution or what some call a post-Fordist revolution as the assembly line gives way to the workerless
To what extent, and why, will the long-term trend of replacing human action by machine operations -- a trend towards 'the workerless
factory' -- take place?
Compare such households with those adults who live singly, with or without children, who are experiencing a precarious labour market; or those in workerless
households (the latter, in Australia, now accounting for around one-fifth of the nation's children).
colonies will adopt new queens, which provides one explanation as to why ants have reinfested treated areas and may be related to how polygyne colonies form.
Does the technology make it possible for managers to achieve their dream of diminishing their reliance on skilled machinists and force the long-sought "workerless
factory of the future," or do the subtleties of batch production and market vagaries require a role for skilled workers?
factories and virtual companies loom on the horizon.
With near workerless
factories and virtual companies already looming on the horizon, every nation will have to grapple with the question of what to do with the millions of young people whose labor will be needed less, or not at all, in an ever more automated global economy.