Technological Unemployment – Quantified

March 28, 2017 – A new paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research titled, “ROBOTS AND JOBS: EVIDENCE FROM US LABOR MARKETS”  looks at the impact of industrial automation on the labor market in the US from 1990 to 2007, and finds not only job loss but also reduced wages as impacts. Articles about […]

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Machine World – Phase One

As the new year dawned, I read a report about  consideration of human-like rights for robots, and discussion of requirements for insurance on robots and the inclusion of a “kill switch” in the European Parliament, and as the year has progressed, discussion of the role robots, artificial intelligence, digitization, and automation play in technological unemployment […]

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We have no PLAN

I was reading the Asian Scientist this morning, and was thinking about the accelerating pace of technological change, and our pathetic human response to the expected human consequences of accelerating technological unemployment (various types of Basic Income and Retraining/Education). Oliver Tian points out the problem and clearly lays out the challenge in the Asian Scientist. […]

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Interesting Stuff

  “Comma.ai developer kills semi-autonomous device after NHTSA request“   So, what’s a Comma.ai? Then there’s this:  “The Watson AI Is Hitting the Road in 2017: IBM and GM Team up for OnStar Go” … and they claim they will have 2 million vehicles with this AI on the road by the end of next […]

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Best Robot Video this week

The best video this week about robots or Artificial Intelligence comes from Yahoo… “A Compilation of Robots Falling Down at the DARPA Robotics Challenge”   The best video from October about robots or Artificial Intelligence comes from Get It Girl… “Are You Scared of Artificial Intelligence? | Get It Girl”   The best video last […]

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A Robot Walked Into A Bar…

Why – Why Are WE …  Here? In the TV series, Battlestar Galactica, Cylon, Sharon, turns the existential human question of WHY around while talking with Admiral Adama about the assumption of human survival when she said, “… you said something that sounded like it wasn’t the speech you had prepared. You said, ‘Man never […]

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Copyright & DRM – Brave New World Car Ownership Issues

An EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) post earlier this month caught my eye. The post discusses issues with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that the EFF says “threatens people’s ability to repair their own cars and protect them against malware.” Given the current trend toward ‘smart’ vehicles reliant more and more on automation and networked systems, it […]

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Last stop: Utopia Or Apocalypse

Flying on Autopilot into the future… dealing with Destination Paradigm Shift.     We are on what may be our last flight into the future, beginning a transition to ubiquitous computing and Machine World. We have had fantasies for generations about superhuman beings, fantastic machines and systems with the power of thought and reason far beyond […]

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MWA2 – Machine World Anxiety: Stage Two

Our machines have us right where they want us – nose to the grind stone, too busy, too dependent, and too confident. When we realized the machines were coming for our jobs, MWA1 set in. We don’t think about it constantly, but it’s there. They are coming. We know it. I visited the cemetery recently just […]

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