World Economic Forum: Robots And Artificial Intelligence To Wipe Out 5.1 Million Jobs By 2020 The human race should be braced for robots taking 5.1 million of our jobs, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has warned. In a report titled 'The Future of Jobs' it explained how we are on the cusp of the fourth industrial revolution - one that is shaped by the rapid growth of technology. Describing the trends we should expect, the report states: "more than 5.1 million jobs lost to disruptive labour market changes over the period 2015–2020, with a total loss of 7.1 million jobs—two thirds of which are concentrated in routine white collar office functions, such as Office and Administrative roles—and a total gain of 2 million jobs, in Computer and Mathematical and Architecture and Engineering related fields." While impending doom may not seem that far away, the study does present the problem as an opportunity for employers to equip workers with a more secure skills set.
Call climate change what it is: violence If you're poor, the only way you're likely to injure someone is the old traditional way: artisanal violence, we could call it – by hands, by knife, by club, or maybe modern hands-on violence, by gun or by car. But if you're tremendously wealthy, you can practice industrial-scale violence without any manual labor on your own part. You can, say, build a sweatshop factory that will collapse in Bangladesh and kill more people than any hands-on mass murderer ever did, or you can calculate risk and benefit about putting poisons or unsafe machines into the world, as manufacturers do every day. If you're the leader of a country, you can declare war and kill by the hundreds of thousands or millions. And the nuclear superpowers – the US and Russia – still hold the option of destroying quite a lot of life on Earth. So do the carbon barons. The message is that ordinary people will behave badly in an era of intensified climate change. Climate change is violence.
The Hidden Memories of Plants - Atlas Obscura Monica Gagliano began to study plant behavior because she was tired of killing animals. Now an evolutionary ecologist at the University of Western Australia in Perth, when she was a student and postdoc, she had been offing her research subjects at the end of experiments, the standard protocol for many animals studies. If she was to work on plants, she could just sample a leaf or a piece of root. When she switched her professional allegiance to plants, though, she brought with her some ideas from the animal world and soon began exploring questions few plant specialists probe—the possibilities of plant behavior, learning, and memory. “You start a project, and as you open up the box there are lots of other questions inside it, so then you follow the trail,” Gagliano says. In her first experiments with plant learning, Gagliano decided to test her new subjects the same way she would animals. Three days later, Gagliano came back to the lab and tested the same plants again.
Bournemouth Wedding Photography Highcliffe Castle is a stunning venue, and the giant window Leah & Ben were married under made a great backdrop. After a while milling around in the grounds, some of the guests decided to take the coastal path to Leah's parents house which was a 10 minute walk away. I followed the guests and by the time we got to the house, I was suitably sand-blasted thanks to the wind! Despite the winds constant attempts to whisk the marquee into the channel, it stood its ground and everyone, myself and Alex included, had a throughly enjoyable time! If you're looking for a wedding photographer in Dorset, do get in touch.
Children as young as seven are mining metals for your mobile phone, according to Amnesty International Thousands of children, some as young as seven, are working in dangerous mines to produce a mineral which is powering mobile phones, computers and vehicle batteries around the world. On Tuesday, 16 of the world's most famous electronic brands, including Apple, Sony and Microsoft, are accused of failing to take ultimate responsibility for the sourcing of some raw components found in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Major companies are failing to do "basic checks" to ensure that cobalt mined by child labourers has not been used in their products, said Amnesty International and Afrewatch in a major new report. It traces the sale of cobalt, used in lithium-ion batteries, from mines where, it is claimed, children and adults work in perilous conditions. When contacted by Amnesty and Afrewatch, companies said they had a "zero tolerance policy" on child labour. Apple said it took "any concerns seriously and investigate every allegation".
What Makes You You? - Wait But Why Note: If you want to print this post or read it offline, the PDF is probably the way to go. You can buy it here. When you say the word “me,” you probably feel pretty clear about what that means. But when you stop and actually think about it for a minute—about what “me” really boils down to at its core—things start to get pretty weird. The Body Theory We’ll start with the first thing most people equate with what a person is—the physical body itself. “It really changed him—he’s just not the same person anymore,” they don’t literally mean Mark isn’t the same person—he’s changed, but he’s still Mark, because Mark’s body is Mark, no matter what he’s acting like. So what happens when you cut your fingernails? How about if you get a liver transplant? What if you get a terrible disease and need to replace your liver, kidney, heart, lungs, blood, and facial tissue with synthetic parts, but after all the surgery, you’re fine and can live your life normally. Well maybe it’s your DNA? Consider this—
Longevity Expert Tips for a Long Life Photo: Japan Times In 2009, author, physician, and longevity expert Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara sat down with Japan Times for an enlightening and eye-opening interview. At the time, Hinohara was 97-years-old and esteemed for his health—both physical and mental—and his admirable role as “one of the world’s longest-serving physicians and educators.” Covering everything from health to happiness, Hinohara's tips outlined in Japan Times offer a bit of insight into his own longevity. Because of these outstanding professional successes and his mindful approach to everyday life, Hinohara has served as an inspiration in Japan and beyond for decades. Photo: Karsten Thormaehlen 1. “All people who live long — regardless of nationality, race or gender — share one thing in common: None are overweight. 2. “To stay healthy, always take the stairs and carry your own stuff. 3. “Energy comes from feeling good, not from eating well or sleeping a lot. 4. “Always plan ahead. 5. 6. “It’s wonderful to live long.
It's so good to come back home... …when you have a loving pet waiting for you all day, so looking forward to seeing you. Right? :-) Thanks for sending, Layla! I had such a good laugh! I you liked these pictures, I think you’ll like these too… Click on the thumbnail! Google's Artificial Brain Learns to Find Cat Videos By Liat Clark, Wired UK When computer scientists at Google’s mysterious X lab built a neural network of 16,000 computer processors with one billion connections and let it browse YouTube, it did what many web users might do — it began to look for cats. [partner id=”wireduk”] The “brain” simulation was exposed to 10 million randomly selected YouTube video thumbnails over the course of three days and, after being presented with a list of 20,000 different items, it began to recognize pictures of cats using a “deep learning” algorithm. This was despite being fed no information on distinguishing features that might help identify one. Picking up on the most commonly occurring images featured on YouTube, the system achieved 81.7 percent accuracy in detecting human faces, 76.7 percent accuracy when identifying human body parts and 74.8 percent accuracy when identifying cats. “The network is sensitive to high-level concepts such as cat faces and human bodies. Image: peasap/Flickr Source: Wired.co.uk
87 Deeply Subversive Documentaries That Challenge the Status Quo x2x By Films For Action / filmsforaction.org/ Jul 19, 2017 Now that there are thousands of films on Films For Action, we realized the very best gems have really become buried all across our library, and for people new to this information, we needed a more guided way to dive in. Spread across 15 core themes, this collection aims to be that entry point. It is our attempt to curate the kind of crash-course curriculum on the state of the world we wish we had all got growing up, especially during high school and college, but didn't. Sadly, you are not likely to see these documentaries in school, broadcast on television, or available on Netflix. Enjoy the knowledge swim! Economics Education Ecology Media Literacy Empire & Government War Drug Prohibition and Prisons Community Food Democracy & Politics Culture Consumerism The Big Picture Wisdom Designing The Future Explore Films For Action's complete library via the Explore menu.
Antipodes Map - Tunnel to the other side of the world 45 Awesome Abstract Textures Finding that perfect texture for your design can be quite the search, and also quite time consuming. To help you out a bit we’ve browsed through the large collection of textures over at deviantART and picked out some abstract textures. These can inspire you in making your own ones or you can use them. Maybe this can be the helpful start to a new project? Let’s dive in!
Conflict minerals in D.R. Congo | War Child - The charity for children affected by war What are conflict minerals? 'Conflict minerals' are minerals mined in conditions of armed conflict and human rights abuses – most notably in the eastern D.R. Congo. Which ones are in Congo? If you own a mobile phone, or an mp3 player then it’s likely that you’ve got a little piece of the Congo in your pocket right now. Coltan / Tantalum. A Congolese man pans for gold. Who mines them? It’s no coincidence that the mineral mines are situated in the areas home to the bloodiest violence and conflict. Most miners only barely earn enough to survive. What happens to the minerals? Virtually none of them are exported by Congo itself. Who profits? Not the miners. What is the effect on the country and the people? Though the price on the world commodity markets of its vast gold, coltan and cassiterite has reached record highs in recent years, Congo’s economy and its population haven’t benefited in the slightest.