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The text is a bit obscure at times, as well as confusing as talking about insurance always is. But if you read the whole text the overarching point is really interesting. Here's a sort of summary of what it is about:

The author compares our fears about automation and technological unemployment with the way insurance has changed over the last centuries. For the longest time, we lived under a fog of information about who were the lucky ones who never got sick or injured, and who were the ones who constantly did. And so insurance worked at first with a system of flat-rate payments, were the extremely lucky ones paid for the care of the unlucky ones.

Yet as statistics, genetics, biology and psychology evolved, this uncertainty was diminished and insurance companies are getting more and more skilled at determining how lucky/unlucky you will be. Which is why the modern insurance is not flat-rate but one tailored to your risk level, and penalized appropriately.

Now, here's the trick: this same process is happening with jobs. It is not just that robots and bots are diminishing the pool of skills a human can offer, our information age also diminishes the fog of war around what are the real skills of a particular person, allowing companies to better tell who is really indispensable.

The end result of this process is a path towards Brutal Meritocracy, were the high-skilled, highly-productive workers are no longer supporting a larger group of water-cooler gossipers and facebook lurkers, so to speak.
This is great for a company's bottom line, but it also means that, much like insurance, if you're among the unlucky ones in the graph, there's nowhere to hide anymore.

Or at least, there won't be unless we can convince a small minority of skilled workers to willfully support a large majority of less-skilled workers.

Spelled like that, the concept of Basic Income doesn't sound that realistic anymore. In the sense that I can already foresee how difficult it will be to sell people this idea as it relies heavily on a basic and widespread sense of empathy.
Friendly Society If given the choice to live in a world dominated by risk or uncertainty, I would choose risk every time. Risk is manageable. Risk can be hedged. Risk can even bring people together...
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+Arturo Gutierrez Ah, I see what you're saying now. I think it will be easier to sell to society, though. I think the idea of so-called "meritocracy" is going to become harder to sell as fewer and fewer people are deemed to have any "merit".

The jobs where people are measured second by second are awfully miserable. Uber like "jobs" combine this oppressive measurement with even greater levels of job and hours insecurity. When this level of "meritocracy" bubbles up to median jobs, we're going to see an angry revolution where even white male racist sexists decide they've had enough.
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Scroll down and read the Questions & Answers and Customer Reviews of this product on the lower part of the page.

Oh you Internet...
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Valhalla!!
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Some time ago I linked an article about the Shut-Ins (http://tinyurl.com/kfhxgn3), a new demographic of middle-class people who rarely leaves their homes and are supported by a myriad of apps and on-demand services to cater their daily needs.

Well, now I stumble upon the other side of this story. The story of the Precariats, the people who work for those services as freelancers. It is a new kind of worker that faces a strange combination of self-empowerment and app-powered slavery as companies trade their job security for lower prices to the consumer. Really interesting stuff.
Workers are their own bosses in the so-called sharing economy, but that flexibility also brings much uncertainty — and few of the protections of full-time work.
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+Arturo Gutierrez yw! - btw, this book as well: http://robotswillstealyourjob.com 
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So all of you who have spend countless hours thinking about space exploration and colonization, tinkering and imagining how to solve the countless little problems that arrive from living outside the home planet. Guess what? This is your opportunity to share those ideas and maybe even see them implemented on future Mars missions! :D cool
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NASA is embarking on a long-term effort of “pioneering space” for this and future generations.  In this context, “pioneering space” is defined as the ability for humans to go further and stay longer in space with an ever decreasing need to be reliant on Earth, approaching “Earth independence”. For this specific Challenge, the Solver is asked to focus on particular elements of “pioneering space,” namely those elements needed to establish a...
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Pinging +Lacerant Plainer :-)
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Talking about the devil, I mentioned some posts ago an episode of the Cracked Podcast and how cool the discussion was. But in case you didn't had the time to listen to it, here's roughly the same topic, sans the battle against ants, now in text form.
 
This is worth your time and spreading around:

h/t Many People
What I am finding as time goes on is that we are all secretly Billy Joel.
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I disagree with 1 thing about that article. He keeps on referring to racism. But in my opinion the fact that race is linked with privledge is more of an unfortunate coincidence than anything. Think about inequality in countries other than America. Is a Brahmin more privledged than an untouchable because of the colour of his skin? Actually the truth is the colour of his skin is lighter because of his privledge.

As the world continues on this path of no longer defining status by gender, race, etc. Inequality will continue. It will just be hard to point to the problem. E.G. People in New York on average earn more than people in South Dakota. Is New York to blame for this? L. Frank Baum would say yes. Are they responsible to fix this inequality? Yes of course, it is always the responsibility of the privledged. Will they fix it? No. This is because a person in South Dakota can move to New York. And a person in New York can more to South Dakota. But it does nothing to change their privledge. 
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Here's a long, but very interesting article about AI and IBM's Watson.
 
Speaking of AI, another interesting article on Watson and the future; it's interesting to see what habit Watson reportedly picked up after being connected to the internet:

h/t Someone; sorry, lost the link.
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+Bob Schlette a constant risk in modern life.
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Here's one thorough (spoiler-full) and very interesting review on Mad Max: Fury Road , listing and analyzing the many good and bad contributions it has made in modern storytelling.

Yes, yes, I know we're all getting sick and tired of talking about this movie. But come on! It's just so good! :D I can't stop myself from over-analyzing it over and over.

Or at least, I can't until I go see Ex Machina ;)
CONTAINS SPOILERS I wasn’t going to go and see the latest iteration of Mad Max.  Don’t get me wrong: I’m a passionate fan of 80’s apocalypse movies (I wrote a whole series in homage to them!). I lo...
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+Peter Jones noted
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Andddd... another book to add to my wishlist!

Seriously, this looks awesome.
I'm not going to tell you to go out and by Sam Maggs' book The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy BECAUSE if you are a regular reader of this blog then you ARE a fangirl and you SHOULD already know about this book! {But seriously ...
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Thanks for the heads up!
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I should have written down all the crazy things my teachers said in school. 
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Space Shuttle Rising
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http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150524.html

What's that rising from the clouds? The space shuttle. Sometimes, if you looked out the window of an airplane at just the right place and time, you could have seen something very unusual -- a space shuttle launching to orbit. Images of the rising shuttle and its plume became widely circulated over the web shortly after Endeavour's final launch in 2011 May. The above image was taken from a shuttle training aircraft by NASA and is not copyrighted. Taken well above the clouds, the image can be matched with similar images of the same shuttle plume taken below the clouds. Hot glowing gasses expelled by the engines are visible near the rising shuttle, as well as a long smoke plume. A shadow of the plume appears on the cloud deck, indicating the direction of the Sun. The US Space Shuttle program concluded in 2011, and Endeavour can now be visited at the California Science Center.
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Here's an electronic music video with some fabulous visuals of Mars. It has a slow start, so be patient.
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i'd totally watch that!  
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please tell me you didn't read the text below in the typical Storm Trooper voice
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Debra points out that those aren't the droids they're looking for.
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