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The Dominos pizza checker is just the beginning workplace surveillance is coming for you | Arwa Mahdawi

The company, which uses a smart scanner to analyse whether food has been made correctly, is far from the only business to use tech to track workers, writes Arwa Mahdawi Hello? Is that Dominos? I would like a large cheese pizza with an ominous side of surveillance, please. Earlier this year, Dominos, the worldwide purveyor of mediocre pizza, introduced a snazzy tool called om Pizza Checker to its Australia and New Zealand locations. According to its website, in-store cameras use advanced machine learning, artificial intelligence and sensor technology to identify…

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Would you like a jobbymoon?

Weve had honeymoons, babymoons, staycations and bizcations now the latest portmanteau trend offers you time out ahead of a career move. But is it a holiday? Name: Jobbymoon Age: The coinage is new, if the thing is not. Appearance: To the untrained eye, a holiday. Is it not a holiday? Its like a holiday, but different. What is it then? To be honest, its an allegedly emerging trend with an ill-advised name. I was going to say: whatever it is, it sounds disgusting. Sounds disgusting feels great! Well, I remain…

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How the sandwich consumed Britain | The long read

The long read: The world-beating British sandwich industry is worth 8bn a year. It transformed the way we eat lunch, then did the same for breakfast and now its coming for dinner The invention of the chilled packaged sandwich, an accessory of modern British life which is so influential, so multifarious and so close to hand that you are probably eating one right now, took place exactly 37 years ago. Like many things to do with the sandwich, this might seem, at first glance, to be improbable. But it is true. In…

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Co-working spaces are the future of work but that could be a good thing

They can be noisy but co-working spaces also offer an environment where professionals can wait out the volatility of the job market The growing phenomenon of co-working spaces places where individuals can rent a desk of their own while sharing a range of other facilities with their co-tenants is as indicative of the changing nature of work as almost any metric you care to name. Although many see the casualisation of the workforce that this growth represents as an inherently bad thing rightly focusing on the way in which technology…

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