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Apr 10, 2016

Giving people free money could be the only solution when robots finally take our jobs

Posted by in categories: economics, employment, robotics/AI

It’s a radical shift waiting a couple decades down the line.

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Apr 2, 2016

The Bernie Sanders Phenomenon and Transhumanism

Posted by in categories: business, computing, economics, employment, geopolitics, mathematics, robotics/AI, transhumanism, virtual reality

A lot of transhumanism friends have asked me to write about Bernie Sanders, so here are my thoughts:


The transhumanism movement has been dramatically growing in size—and most of that growth is from millennials and youth joining. Transhumanists want to use science and technology to radically improve the human race, and the onslaught of new gear and gadgets to do that—like virtual reality, robots, and chip implants —are giving them plenty of ammunition to do that.

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Mar 29, 2016

Will capitalism survive the robot revolution?

Posted by in categories: economics, employment, finance, robotics/AI

My new article for TechCrunch on capitalism and the robot revolution:


Economic experts are trying to figure out a question that just two decades ago seemed ridiculous: If 90 percent of human jobs are replaced by robots in the next 50 years — something now considered plausible — is capitalism still the ideal economic system to champion? No one is certain about the answer, but the question is making everyone nervous — and forcing people to dig deep inside themselves to discover the kind of future they want.

After America beat Russia in the Cold War, most of the world generally considered capitalism to be the hands-down best system on which to base economies and democracies. For decades, few doubted capitalism’s merit, which was made stronger by thriving globalization and a skyrocketing world net worth. In 1989 — when the Berlin Wall fell — the world had only 198 billionaires. Now, according to Forbes, there are 1,826 of them in 2016.

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Mar 17, 2016

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

Posted by in categories: economics, employment, robotics/AI

(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. 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. Like a whispered word in a foreign language, it was quiet in that you may have heard it, but its full meaning may not have been comprehended. However, it’s vital we understand this new language, and what it’s increasingly telling us, for the ramifications are set to alter everything we take for granted about the way our globalized economy functions, and the ways in which we as humans exist within it.

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Mar 13, 2016

Our tech future: the rich own the robots while the poor have ‘job mortgages’

Posted by in categories: employment, robotics/AI

Artificial intelligence expert Jerry Kaplan says those whose jobs involve ‘a narrow set of duties’ are most likely to see their work replaced by automation.

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Mar 12, 2016

White House Pushes Plan to Bring Broadband to 20M More Americans

Posted by in categories: economics, employment, internet

President Obama announced a new initiative this week to connect 20 million more Americans to broadband by 2020, further promoting the White House’s agenda to reclassify high speed Internet as a public utility, like water or electricity.

The digital initiative, named ConnectALL, is intended “for folks looking for jobs or workers hoping to learn new skills,” wrote Obama in a Facebook post, acknowledging that in today’s economy, “the Internet isn’t a luxury — it’s a necessity.”

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Mar 10, 2016

Why You Want Your Drone to Have Emotions

Posted by in categories: drones, employment, robotics/AI

I like this article; why? Because if I plan to make any investment into a robot that is my personal assistant, or housekeeper, or caregiver, etc. I want to ensure that they fit my own needs as a person. Many of us have taken some sort of a personality profile for work; interview for jobs where you were reviewed to be a “fit” culturaly, etc. as well as met people 1st before you hired them. So, why should be any different from the so called “humnoid robots?” And, this should be intriguing for some of us where only 6% of your gender thinks and processes information like you do.


Emotional behaviors can make your drone seem like it’s an adventurer, anti-social, or maybe just exhausted.

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Mar 10, 2016

Most Americans think machines will have our jobs in 50 yrs

Posted by in categories: employment, robotics/AI

Now, we’re saying 50 yrs instead of 30 yrs. And, 3 months ago it was 10 yrs. I guess 6 months from now it will be 100 yrs from now. Folks need to get a little more pragmatic instead of hyping too much or you will lose creditability with consumers and the markets.


Pew Report: Majority think AI will replace humans, though most still believe their job is secure by Steven Loeb on March 10, 2016.

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Mar 5, 2016

Rise in cyber risk leads to jobs boost

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, employment, internet, law

Big money in hacking law firms. Hackers being hired and paid by parties in suits, companies in acquisition, etc.


The growing influence of the internet in law has opened up a wealth of opportunities for cyber law specialists, according to cyber law expert Bradley Deacon.

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Mar 2, 2016

Why robots may not be coming for your job after all

Posted by in categories: economics, employment, robotics/AI

Matt O’Brien argues that we should look more carefully at the economy before panicking about robots taking our jobs.

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