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Mar 14, 2023

Mark Zuckerberg says engineers who joined Meta in-person perform better than those who joined remotely

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Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of Facebook parent Meta, has pointed to internal data analysis that suggests engineers who initially joined the company in an in-person capacity performed better than those who joined remotely from the get-go.

He also suggested that younger engineers, or more accurately those who are “earlier in their career,” perform better when they work with colleagues in-person for at least three days each week.

The insights stem from a memo sent to employees earlier today, in which Zuckerberg revealed the company was cutting another 10,000 jobs. Aside from announcing the fresh round of layoffs, Zuckerberg delved into a number of ways the company was looking to improve efficiency, such as cancelling “lower priority projects” and creating a flatter organizational structure by removing various management layers.

Mar 13, 2023

These Are the Jobs Most Vulnerable to AI, Researchers Say

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Wondering if artificial intelligence will be taking your job anytime soon? We’re sure we speak for a lot of folks when we say: same.

Considering that AI is literally designed to model human capabilities and thus automate human tasks, it’s a fair question — and one that a group of professors from New York University (NYU), Princeton, and the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) may have just helped to shed a little bit of light on in a new paper, aptly titled “How Will Language Modelers like ChatGPT Affect Occupations and Industries?”

Though the paper has yet to be peer-reviewed, the results are fascinating, not to mention ominous — especially, of course, for the folks most at risk.

Mar 8, 2023

Book review: Believing in Dawkins

Posted by in categories: alien life, computing, employment

Among “the jobs once done by God [that] can be done by natural entities” there is life after death. Dawkins “frequently affirms that there is no life after death”, but Steinhart shows that this is inconsistent with Dawkins’ own convictions. Dawkins “should have argued that false religious theories of life after death can be replaced with more plausible scientific theories of life after death” [**].

Steinhart describes two plausible scientific theories of life after death: promotion to the higher level of reality of the simulators, and revisions of entire lives in new universes, each better than the previous life and universe. Worth noting, promotion could preserve memories and implement “the ancient idea of the resurrection of the body.” These theories of life after death are only sketched in this book, see Steinhart’s previous book “Your Digital Afterlives: Computational Theories of Life after Death” for more. See also my review of “Your Digital Afterlives” in “Tales of the Turing Church” (Chapter 12).

In summary, Steinhart builds a thorough and philosophically consistent spiritual naturalism, inspired by Dawkins, which offers the main mental benefits of religion. I like (actually I love) philosophy, but I try to keep mine as simple and working-class as possible, because many people don’t have the patience (or the time) for too much philosophical sophistication. I think the two approaches are complementary. So I use the term “religion” for the spiritual naturalism of Dawkins and Steinhart, and I use the simple term “God” now and then.

Mar 5, 2023

Tesla’s $5bn Mexican plant is set to become its largest facility, producing 1m electric cars a year

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Tesla held Investor Day 2023 this week and announced the construction of a new plant in the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon. The new facility will be Tesla’s largest production facility.

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Elon Musk’s company will invest $5 billion to build the Mexican plant and create 5,000–6,000 jobs. Over time, however, the amount of investment and the number of jobs will double.

Mar 4, 2023

Figure emerges from stealth with the first images of its humanoid robot

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Humanoid robots are one of those ideas that never truly goes out of style — it does, however, tend to ebb and flow across the decades. Whatever you happen to think about the project or the company that built it, Tesla’s Optimus prototype has revived the conversation around the form factor and efficacy and viability of general-purpose robots. Boston Dynamics founder Marc Raibert told me in an interview this week, “I thought that they’d gotten a lot more done than I expected, and they still have a long way to go.”

It’s also reopened the debate. When I spoke to Playground Global partner Peter Barrett last week, he was quick to point out that our bodies aren’t exactly the hallmark of efficiency or product design, even if they made us sufficiently capable of outsmarting or out-running a wooly mammoth back in the day. The flip side of that conversation certainly makes sense however: We built our environment with us in mind, so it follows that we’d make robots in our image to perform our jobs.

Figure, which comes out of stealth this week, is very much in the second camp. Back in September, we broke the news of the startup’s existence. Founded by Archer co-founder Brett Adcock (who has also funded the company to the tune of $100 million), the startup is spending lot of time and money to build a general-purpose bipedal humanoid robot. It’s not an easy dream in any respect, of course. That no one has yet managed to crack the code certainly isn’t for lack of trying.

Mar 3, 2023

Will ChatGPT Take Away IT Coding Jobs? Narayana Murthy Answers Here

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‘Losing jobs to ChatGPT will never happen. The human mind is the most flexible instrument — so what you should do is, use ChatGPT as the base and then show your creativity!’ says Infosys Founder NR Narayana Murthy on whether ChatGPT is likely to take away coders’ jobs. Speaking to the press on the sidelines of the Nasscom Technology and Leadership Forum, Narayan Murthy said, “In 1977–78 there was a thing called program generators. Everybody said the youngsters will lose all jobs, it didn’t happen… The human mind is the most flexible instrument. It can adapt very well. And all that happened was people start solving bigger and bigger problems, which these program generators could not handle.” Murthy said that ChatGPT is good and one should welcome it…

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Mar 2, 2023

Robots Could Be Doing Almost Half of Our Household Chores Within a Decade

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If it’s true that robots are taking our jobs, they should also be able to take out the trash and clean the bathroom for us.

Feb 26, 2023

Google parent Alphabet fires robots after slaying 12,000 human jobs earlier

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Costing tens of thousands of dollars, these robots were clearing tables and keeping cafeterias clean.

If human workers have been complaining about robots taking over their jobs, the macroeconomic situation has now put robots out of work.

Over a hundred robots at Google’s parent company, Alphabet, have allegedly been fired after the team maintaining them was shut down, Wired reported.

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Feb 23, 2023

Robot-tax: Bernie Sanders backs Bill Gates to kill automation impact on humans

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U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders has asked for robots to be taxed for taking over human jobs in his new book titled “It’s OK To Be Mad About Capitalism.”

The longest independent senator in U.S history argues for the adoption of a “robot tax” to mitigate the impact of automation on human workers, according to the book released on Tuesday.

Feb 23, 2023

Management consultant jobs to be replaced by AI in future? Bain says it will use ChatGPT AI for its analysis

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Bain & Company has recently announced a global services alliance with OpenAI, the parent company of ChatGPT. Bain says that it will be using the AI-powered chatbot for creating ‘tailored digital solutions for its clients’.

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