Where machines could replace humans The technical potential for automation differs dramatically across sectors and activities. As automation technologies such as machine learning and robotics play an increasingly great role in everyday life, their potential effect on the workplace has, unsurprisingly, become a major focus of research and public concern. The discussion tends toward a Manichean guessing game: which jobs will or won’t be replaced by machines? In fact, as our research has begun to show, the story is more nuanced. While automation will eliminate very few occupations entirely in the next decade, it will affect portions of almost all jobs to a greater or lesser degree, depending on the type of work they entail. More Lies From Spies: the Tall Tales of Robert Gates “A leader, or those who aspire to that role, regardless of whether in the public or the private sector, must have integrity.”— Robert M. Gates, 2016. Former CIA director and secretary of defense Robert M. Gates, who served both Bush administrations as well as the Obama administration, has produced his third self-aggrandizing memoir. His most recent effort, “A Passion for Leadership,” is in the form of lessons learned, but there is no acknowledgement of any flaw or stumble, let alone mistake. In view of Gates’ emphasis on “integrity,” it’s useful to review his CIA career, particularly his relationship with CIA director William Casey.
Joseph Stiglitz proposes co-op models as an alternative to trickle-down economics - Co-operative News A changing political landscape and economic challenges mean we are witnessing “interesting” but “unsettling” times, warned economist Joseph Stiglitz at the International Summit of Cooperatives in Quebec. The Nobel Prize laureate was a keynote speaker at the three-day conference, which brings together over 3,000 delegates from across the world to discuss the future of the co-operative economy. A world-renowned academic, Prof Stiglitz teaches at Columbia University and has written extensively about inequality, trade agreements and the main issues affecting the world economy. At the Summit he looked at the key challenges facing the global economy and the role of co-ops in addressing them. He said that alongside changes in the political landscape, such as Brexit and the upcoming elections in the USA, the world faced economic issues which are beyond the control of individuals and even national governments.
Zaha Hadid, Groundbreaking Architect, Dies at 65 Then, in 1972, she arrived at the Architectural Association in London, a center for experimental design. Her teachers included Elia Zenghelis and Rem Koolhaas. They “ignited my ambition,” she would recall, and “taught me to trust even my strangest intuitions.” Photo Ms. Hadid’s intuitions led her, among other directions, toward the Russian avant-garde, and its leaders: Vladimir Tatlin, El Lissitzky and Kazimir Malevich.
Who owns the customer in the internet of things? - Chris Skinner's blog I’ve been talking the internet of things for a while as, after all, The ValueWeb is the internet of value that underpins the internet of things. A key concept of the internet of value is how it supports your television, car, fridge, shoes, phone, computer and your partners’ and chidlrens’ things to buy and transact. How do all your things pay when they order an episode of Game of Thrones or a page from The Times? How does the system know that you’ve authorised those devices to make those transactions? Those are good questions, but the really hairy question is the end-game where everyone has smart things on the internet.
Money for Nothing: The Lucrative World of Club Appearances How rappers, Real Housewives, and lesser Kardashians get paid just for showing up at the club. In a single night, Scott Disick—the runt of the Kardashian litter, the fuckup father of Kourtney's three children—makes more money doing nothing than most Americans earn in an entire year. Disick is a man routinely mocked on national television for being the one without any skills in a family of people who are famous for not really having any skills.
#Brexit: a positive force for change - Chris Skinner's blog Speaking of Walloons forcing a Byegium from the EU-Canada trade deal leads me to post this thoughtful email I received from Iain Bell, CEO of Quadrant Capital. Iain gives a balanced alternative view to mine, and therefore it is worth a read… I have found your last couple of posts to be quite feisty in fact, re Brexit and being a global citizen etc. So much so, that I was moved to write, not to take issue or argue, but to try to shed light on the other perspective (well, mine actually
Rachel Bloom’s Twisted Comedy Quietly and without much notice, last fall the CW network aired what was most likely broadcast television’s first-ever depiction of anal waxing. The scene, on the show “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” was not explicit, yet neither was it ambiguous. A young woman in her bathroom, wearing a short robe, leans forward and then reaches toward her backside with a wax strip in her hand.