Monopolization is killing Silicon Valley. It’s time to break up some of the big guys and jump start some innovation.
You saw this one coming right?
The Amazon Echo is a perfect way for the government to spy on citizens. Sure, Amazon rejects requests for the data but that doesn’t obviate the two big issues here.
The first is that the audio and data are recorded and kept. If it’s stored, even briefly, then hackers can get it. Especially state actors. The courts may yet force companies to give it up.
The second and larger issue is that we don’t have laws protecting the privacy of our data. We need regulations that keep up with changing technology. We need rules that favor citizens, not companies, and certainly not governements.
Bid for Access to Amazon Echo Audio in Murder Case Raises Privacy Concerns http://nyti.ms/2huPxwl
NobodyisFlyingthePlane is about the things we get wrong as a country which we stubbornly refuse to recognize.
Our jobs issues are not about globalization. They’re about automation. Yeah, yeah, yeah…’you can’t stop it.’, but you can manage it in ways that reduce the harm.
“Just allowing the private market to automate without any support is a recipe for blaming immigrants and trade and other things, even when it’s the long impact of technology,” said Mr. Katz, who was the Labor Department’s chief economist under President Clinton.
There are things we can do without restraining progress, they’re just not attention grabbing like restricting trade.
Labor economists say there are ways to ease the transition for workers whose jobs have been displaced by robots. They include retraining programs, stronger unions, more public-sector jobs, a higher minimum wage, a bigger earned-income tax credit and, for the next generation of workers, more college degrees. Few are policies that Mr. Trump has said he will pursue.
It’s not just factory jobs that are at risk.
Existing technology could automate 45 percent of activities people are paid to do, according to a July report by McKinsey.
We need to prepare for a world in which many many more people are not capable of making meaningful contributions to the economy.
Forty-five percent unemployment without some form of income for those who don’t or can’t contribute would be catastrophic.
The Long-Term Jobs Killer Is Not China. It’s Automation. http://nyti.ms/2ieZNXt
An ode to vocational education.
Giving people skills that provide good jobs and provide value to the market and society has been a missing key to this massive job shift we’ve experienced.
It’s time to follow Delaware Governor Jack Markell’s example and retool education to look at other outcomes beside college.
In his almost eight years in office, he has made his No. 1 priority lifting the skills of Delaware’s citizens. He worked on traditional education, expanding high-quality pre-K and helping low-income teenagers go to college. And he worked on what academic researchers like Robert Schwartz call “the forgotten half”: the many students who won’t graduate from college but who also need strong skills to find decent jobs. Their struggles are a major reason that America’s work force is no longer considered the world’s most highly skilled.
But having a major can also help students who don’t know what they want to be when they grow up. It connects book learning to real life. It can help launch them into college or a certificate program and avoid the epidemic of academic drift.
Many people in New Castle, not to mention the industrial Midwest, feel a deep cultural connection to craftsmanship — to making things and working with their hands. They’re not inspired by working in cubicles or comfortable offices.
At the same time, they can’t simply do as previous generations did and graduate from high school into a good job. They can’t bring back yesterday’s economy. They need blue-collar skill-building to thrive.
The country has failed to provide nearly enough of that skill-building, and we’re all living with the consequences.
A Jolt of Blue-Collar Hope http://nyti.ms/2f1v9Uk
Ethics for A.I. seems like a great idea. No time like the present to start studying it.
“We are at a unique point in time where the technology is far ahead of society’s ability to restrain it,”
New Research Center to Explore Ethics of Artificial Intelligence http://nyti.ms/2e0mIYB
The food industry doesn’t need Silicon Valley to make the needed changes which would benefit everyone. We just need to stop eating so much meat. Sure we need disruption in our food system, but not the sort that just replaces existing crap with a newer technology.
With 45 percent of the Earth’s land, and more than a quarter of its water already devoted to animal farming, which “accounts for as much or more greenhouse gas emissions than every car, bus, truck, train, ship and airplane in the world combined,” Brown, a vegan for 15 years, was spurred to action.
We definitely don’t need expensive juicers that make better juice. Juice isn’t good for you. This kind of tech innovation doesn’t solve any real world problems.
However we’d be willing to consider the kind of food tech that makes a real meatless burger with most of the prized qualities of the old fashioned burger.
They were vegan, made entirely from plants—without any hormones, antibiotics or slaughterhouse contaminants—but possessing the unmistakable texture and savoriness of real ground meat. Get ready to wrap your mind—and taste buds—around the Impossible Burger. Created by Impossible Foods, a Redwood City startup.
“I don’t think a large number of people blind-tasting it would be able to tell it’s not beef. It represents a viable and exciting possibility to make large-scale change in our food system.”
In this wackadoodle election season it’s hard to remember all the good things a President can do. In the age of anti-intellectualism and truthers we should celebrate science.
He began an annual tradition of science fairs, arguing that if he celebrates the nation’s top athletes at the White House, he should do the same for the best young scientific talent.
Obama to Leave the White House a Nerdier Place Than He Found It http://nyti.ms/2aFeSkU