Job Losses: Companies Blame Digital Age Two major employers have cited the changing digital age as reasons for announcing more than 1,000 job losses. British Gas confirmed it was planning to close a call centre in Southampton with the loss of 550 posts just an hour after Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) said it was considering 640 redundancies. British Gas said its decision was aimed at cutting costs in its energy division. In a statement, the company explained: "British Gas recognises that household budgets are stretched, customers are looking for maximum value for money, and to deal with us increasingly through digital channels. "If we are going to remain competitive and offer the best prices for our customers, we need to reduce our costs." The company held out hope that 50 of the positions could be saved by transferring them to its site at Chandlers Ford. The union said it meant that 1,100 job losses had been announced by CSC since February. CSC said it hoped to avoid compulsory redundancies.
The Crisis of Civilization The Crisis of Civilization is a documentary feature film investigating how global crises like ecological disaster, financial meltdown, dwindling oil reserves, terrorism and food shortages are converging symptoms of a single, failed global system. Weaving together archival film footage and animations, film-maker Dean Puckett, animator Lucca Benney and international security analyst Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed – author of A User’s Guide to the Crisis of Civilization: And How to Save It – offer a stunning wake-up call proving that ‘another world’ is not merely possible, but on its way. Like the book on which it is based, the film consists of seven parts which explore the interconnected dynamic of global crises of Climate Catastrophe; Peak Energy; Peak Food; Economic Instability; International Terrorism; and the Militarization Tendency – with a final section on The Post-Peak World.
Conntour Crafting builds house in 24 hours Printer can create all fixtures and fittings as it creates house layer by layer Could be used to build a 2500 square foot house in a day Published: 11:07 GMT, 13 August 2012 | Updated: 19:15 GMT, 13 August 2012 Scaled up 3D printing technology could be used to build a house in under 24 hours, according to an engineer from the University of Southern California. Contour Crafting is a layered fabrication technology that uses a huge moveable gantry to build a house in the same way that a 3D printer deposits layers of plastic. Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis claims that his Contour Crafting construction method can build entire houses with all the fixtures and fittings. Scroll down for video Concrete is deposited in layers through a nozzle that moves around the building site with the help of a gantry Those behind Contour Crafting believe it could be used to develop entire neighbourhoods Khoshnevis says current construction methods are slow, labour intensive and costly.
Gabor Mate | The Missing Human Manual What is the Missing Human Manual All About? Do you want to age well? Most of us do. If you are my age, 60, this is more important a question that if you are 30. Most of us think it is normal that we will get ill like this. But science today tells us that this is not "Normal". We are designed by our evolution to reach a plateau of fitness in mid life. We don't because, we have strayed away from the best way of living that fits our evolution best. We have lost our fit with our true nature. This site will be a Manual. So welcome to the "Missing Human Manual" . Featured Posts Disability – the cost of modern life This chart shows the shift in the nature of disability in America since the early 1960′s. Your baby’s gut health – the platform for good or poor lifetime health – what to know and to do about this Your Waistline – The key measurement for predicting Heart Disease A fat tummy is a sign of visceral fat which is the #1 predictor of heart disease.
Pizza Vending Machines Coming to the U.S. Modern science has figured out a way to cram nearly every other food item into a vending machine, so folks in the U.S. can finally rest knowing that soon their piping hot pizza will come from there too. A European device soon hitting U.S. shores is capable of spitting out fresh, made-from-scratch pie in under three minutes. Let’s Pizza, an Italian creation, has already proved successful after three years in Europe and now A1 Concepts, the machine’s Netherlands-based distributor, has announced it will inaugurate the first Let’s Pizza box in Atlanta later this year. A1 CEO Ronald Rammers expects a rapid expansion after that, according to PizzaMarketPlace. (MORE: Pills, Video Games, Live Bait: There’s a Vending Machine for That) Let’s Pizza’s greatest trick? Each bright red vending machine can hold up to 200 ingredients, giving machines a virtually unlimited array of toppings to offer (although users will only be able to choose from four varieties).
The Secret of Oz (2009 Thirteen years ago, in a documentary called "The Money Masters", we asked the question why is America going broke. It wasn't clear then that we were, but it is today. Now the question is how can we get out of this mess. Foreclosures are everywhere, unemployment is skyrocketing - and this is only the beginning. America's economy is on a long, slippery slope from here on. What can government do? Why? Though most people don't realize it the government can't just issue it's own money anymore. No, today, in our crazy money system, the government has to borrow our money into existence and then pay interest on it. No, you have to go deeper. But why can't we just do it again? The solution is the secret that's been hidden from us for just over 100 years - ever since the time when author L. Please support the producers of this great movie by purchasing a HD DVD version from their website: www.secretofoz.com
#postscarcity or bust!, technological unemployment hello everybody,... Power from the People (2002 Should it be a crime for people to share their renewable energy with others? From an Iowa farmer to a California solar guerrilla, these people have clean power to share--if only their utility companies would let them. Power From The People is about the fight to distribute homemade renewable energy over the nation"s power grid. Awards: EarthVision 2002 Award Winner, EarthVision Fest Renewable Energy Leadership Award, IRENEW Notable Screenings: Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival, 2003 Free Speech TV (DishTV 9415) Broadcast Premiere Nov 7, 2003 Want to Take Action? Check out the unaffiliated but related book "Power from the People" a how-to guide to DIY community solar power projects.
Robots will steal your job, but that's OK: how to survive the economic collapse and be happy You are about to become obsolete. You think you are special, unique, and that whatever it is that you are doing is impossible to replace. You are wrong. As we speak, millions of algorithms created by computer scientists are frantically running on servers all over the world, with one sole purpose: do whatever you used to do, but better. That is the argument for a phenomenon called technological unemployment, one that is pervading modern society. For the past two years I have been researching and studying the impact of technological advancement in our society. IndieGoGo project page: I will write a book that explores the impact that technological advances will have on our lives, how does that affect employment, the nature of work and why we work, what it means to be happy, and provide suggestions on how to avoid a systemic collapse. This is a new experience for me, from which I hope to learn a lot and grow as an author.
Inspiration Israel and Iran: A Love Story Home | About Us | Contact | Subscribe Israel and Iran: A Love Story Peace Is Going Viral DISCLAIMER: Although Nextworldtv has tried to prevent political ads from appearing on this page, you may despite our best efforts see an ad that is in direct opposition to the message of this post. "My idea was simple, I was trying to reach the other side." says Israeli graphic designer Ronny Edry. Using his graphic design skills and his wife's help, he made digital posters of himself and his daughter, holding an Israeli flag, with the text: we will never bomb your country We ♥ You He posted this on Facebook. Other Israelis quickly created their own posters with the same message -- and Iranians responded in kind. What a powerful example of how to make very clear that those in government do not represent the people. How thrilling is that? --Bibi Farber This video was created by Ted Talks To see this Facebook campaign go to: www.facebook.com/israellovesiran For more Inspiration videos, click here
Technological Unemployment: Losing Jobs To Machines Technological unemployment results from technological change. This is a real concern for some who see a future where repetitive jobs will be performed primarily by robots. For those who have lost a factory job from being replaced by a machine, the future is already here. The replacement of workers by machines calls into question will people be replaced by robots. This may render humans expandable but being expandable is part of the market. With more redundant, and repetitive jobs being replaced by robots, humans are freed from labor that is likely better performed by machines to begin with. Factory workers who perform the same actions repeatedly, have been known to develop serious physiological problems affecting them for the remainder of their life. Cashiers, bank tellers, waiters, customer service reps, farmers, educational professionals, and even healthcare professionals are amongst many that could be replaced by some form of technology.
The War on Kids (2009 THE WAR ON KIDS is a 95 minute documentary that shows how American public schools continue to become more dangerously authoritarian. In addition to failing in their mission to educate effectively, they erode the country's democratic foundation and often resemble prisons. School children are interviewed as are high school teachers and administrators, as well as prison security guards, plus renowned educators and authors including: Henry Giroux: Author of Stealing Innocence Corporate Culture's War on Children Mike A. Music in the film is performed by The Chumps, Tommy Gardner, John S. THE WAR ON KIDS is directed by Cevin Soling who won the NYIIFVF award for "best educational film" in 2009.