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Rethinking Money: How New Currencies Turn Scarcity into Prosperity: Bernard Lietaer, Jacqui Dunne: 9781609942960: Books. The driverless truck is coming, and it’s going to automate millions of jobs. A convoy of self-driving trucks recently drove across Europe and arrived at the Port of Rotterdam.

The driverless truck is coming, and it’s going to automate millions of jobs

No technology will automate away more jobs — or drive more economic efficiency — than the driverless truck. Shipping a full truckload from L.A. to New York costs around $4,500 today, with labor representing 75 percent of that cost. But those labor savings aren’t the only gains to be had from the adoption of driverless trucks. Where drivers are restricted by law from driving more than 11 hours per day without taking an 8-hour break, a driverless truck can drive nearly 24 hours per day. That means the technology would effectively double the output of the U.S. transportation network at 25 percent of the cost. And the savings become even more significant when you account for fuel efficiency gains. Trucking represents a considerable portion of the cost of all the goods we buy, so consumers everywhere will experience this change as lower prices and higher standards of living.

CAMPUS LIFE - Wisconsin - Planning Circle of Cities To Aid the Environment. MADISON, Wis.— A professor of landscape architecture at the University of Wisconsin at Madison not only has a design for the urban future but is planning a way to make it come true as well.

CAMPUS LIFE - Wisconsin - Planning Circle of Cities To Aid the Environment

The professor, Philip Lewis, says he envisions a core of natural resources around which cities would be formed. For example, there would be such a core in southwestern Wisconsin. The cities around it would be Milwaukee, Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Paul and Des Moines. He calls this new entity Circle City. We could colonize the moon at an initial cost of only $10 billion.

(Updates article to add other costs of colonizing the moon.)

We could colonize the moon at an initial cost of only $10 billion

What if I told you there’s no reason we couldn’t set up a small base on the moon by 2022 without breaking the bank? Reaching the moon would cost about $10 billion — estimates range from $7 billion and $13 billion — with an additional $28 billion to $52 billion being spent on the construction of base-related structures. That is considerably less than a previous price of $100 billion-plus when technology was less advanced and more expensive.

To put that cost in perspective, one U.S. aircraft carrier has a price of $13 billion. Some of the greatest scientists and professionals in the space business already have a plan. Returns to scale. The laws of returns to scale are a set of three interrelated and sequential laws: Law of Increasing Returns to Scale, Law of Constant Returns to Scale, and Law of Diminishing returns to Scale.

Returns to scale

If output increases by that same proportional change as all inputs change then there are constant returns to scale (CRS). If output increases by less than that proportional change in inputs, there are decreasing returns to scale (DRS). If output increases by more than that proportional change in inputs, there are increasing returns to scale (IRS). A firm's production function could exhibit different types of returns to scale in different ranges of output. Typically, there could be increasing returns at relatively low output levels, decreasing returns at relatively high output levels, and constant returns at one output level between those ranges. Deep Learning Is Going to Teach Us All the Lesson of Our Lives: Jobs Are for Machines — Basic income.

Deep Learning Is Going to Teach Us All the Lesson of Our Lives: Jobs Are for Machines (An alternate version of this article was originally published in the Boston Globe) On December 2nd, 1942, a team of scientists led by Enrico Fermi came back from lunch and watched as humanity created the first self-sustaining nuclear reaction inside a pile of bricks and wood underneath a football field at the University of Chicago.

Deep Learning Is Going to Teach Us All the Lesson of Our Lives: Jobs Are for Machines — Basic income

Known to history as Chicago Pile-1, it was celebrated in silence with a single bottle of Chianti, for those who were there understood exactly what it meant for humankind, without any need for words. Now, something new has occurred that, again, quietly changed the world forever. Returns to scale. Busy States of America. 75,343,469 people will wake up in the next hour.

Busy States of America

People spend an extra 12 minutes eating and drinking on weekends and holidays. Average time spent shopping is 45 mins per day. The busiest times of the day to work are at 10am and 2pm. Parkinson's law. UK First edition book cover Originally, Parkinson's law is the adage that "work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion", and the title of a book which made it well-known.

Parkinson's law

However, in current understanding, Parkinson's law is a reference to the self-satisfying uncontrolled growth of the bureaucratic apparatus in an organization. History[edit] E. F. Schumacher. Ernst Friedrich "Fritz" Schumacher (16 August 1911 – 4 September 1977) was an internationally influential economic thinker, statistician and economist in Britain, serving as Chief Economic Advisor to the UK National Coal Board for two decades.[1] His ideas became popularized in much of the English-speaking world during the 1970s.

E. F. Schumacher

He is best known for his critique of Western economies and his proposals for human-scale, decentralized and appropriate technologies. According to The Times Literary Supplement, his 1973 book Small Is Beautiful: a study of economics as if people mattered is among the 100 most influential books published since World War II,[2] and was soon translated into many languages, bringing him international fame. Schumacher's basic development theories have been summed up in the catch-phrases Intermediate Size and Intermediate Technology. Early life[edit] Schumacher was born in Bonn, Germany in 1911. Economist[edit] Protégé of Keynes[edit] Adviser to the Coal Board[edit]

Buddhist economics. Buddhist economics is a spiritual approach to economics.[1] It examines the psychology of the human mind and the anxiety, aspirations, and emotions that direct economic activity.

Buddhist economics

A Buddhist understanding of economics aims to clear the confusion about what is harmful and beneficial in the range of human activities involving production and consumption, and ultimately tries to make human beings ethically mature.[2] It tries to find a middle way between a purely mundane society and an immobile conventional society.[3] It says that truly rational decisions can only be made when we understand what creates irrationality. When people understand what constitutes desire, they realize that all the wealth in the world cannot satisfy it. When people understand the universality of fear, they become more compassionate to all beings.

Thus, this spiritual approach to Economics doesn't rely on theories and models but on the essential forces of acumen, empathy, and restraint.[2] History[edit] See also[edit]