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Steve Langasek
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To the owner of the Model X with California plates reading a book while the computer drives him down Multnomah Boulevard:

I'm pretty sure the manual says not to do that.
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Perhaps he was reading the manual. :-)
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Trump: "I am your voice"
America: "omg is that really what I sound like? This is so embarrassing"
In leaked draft of speech, GOP nominee paints dark picture of America's safety.
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Donald Trump says we need tougher negotiation with China on trade. I guess if those were American workers being put out of work by American robots, instead of Chinese workers being replaced by Chinese robots, that would be the manufacturing resurgence we need?

Universal Basic Income now.
 
60,000 jobs in one go, more than half the workforce of this Foxconn factory have been terminated thanks to robotics becoming cheap enough to implement.

Technical unemployment (replacement of workers by automation, usually either software or robotics) is accelerating. Some estimates suggest as much as 40% of current jobs could be replaced within the next decade.

Will we prepare for the massive unemployment this will lead to if we follow current patterns? We should be reducing the number of hours considered full time employment as well as increasing pay more in line with productivity gains, at a minimum, in order to maintain current levels of employment and stave off social instability. Better yet, explore options like UBI and co-operative enterprise ownership (by employees, customers, or both, not the state) because we're looking at a severe jobs shortage by the time today's toddlers are entering the workforce en masse (20 years-ish).
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Sorry; I have amended it to more closely match your words.
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"nothing more than an oversight on the medical unit's side." Oh, well in /that/ case...
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lol- 'here is our incredibly vital, sensitive application, make sure you do not scan it for virii'

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How an internet mapping glitch turned a random Kansas farm into a digital hell
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Enjoyed reading this - thanks for sharing. :)

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And this, ladies and gentlemen, is precisely why the US needs to be electing a democratic socialist for President. And also to every seat in Congress, like, yesterday.

This is the reason jobs are going away in our economy, and they're not coming back. Is an isolationist government going to impose tariffs on goods produced by robots in the US? Or tax services provided domestically by computers, in order to level the playing field and let humans do those jobs instead? Is that actually what's best for our economy? For our society?

This is a genie you can't put back in the bottle, and it's time for the country (nay, all countries) to stop pretending that our current economic policies are working for our citizens. This is the anger that propels both the Sanders and Trump campaigns (though one of these candidates is actually facing the right direction on the problem, and the other... not).

It's interesting to think about how these developments will affect my own industry. I'd like to think that software development is an area that has a long future of human involvement ahead of it. But is there any reason that software development should be immune to AI automation? Fuzzers already are effective at finding bugs. Can we be sure it's not just a matter of time before the computers are better than us at fixing them too?
 
This is a really good read. The author builds up the changes happening in AI, then extends it nicely to the impact that will have on employment and the economy before summing up with the need for a UBI.
(An alternate version of this article was originally published in the Boston Globe)
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one corporation  - one king -  one world - one culture - .....?
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This seems to cover the bases nicely.
 
It's hard to look at the headlines when you're facepalming. But I see my Facebook feed alight with various opinions on the election, all of which are wrong – so rather than screaming OH, FOR FUCK'S SAKE at all of you individually, let me pull you into the corner and have a brief but ...
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Accounts such as these, of police officers willfully and knowingly violating the rights of those who have documented police brutality, are not unique.

For the first time in our history, technology is empowering our citizens to provide solid evidence in cases of police brutality to counteract the "unimpeachable" testimony of police officers. And some - not all, but some - police departments and state governments are responding to this by trying to make the evidence disappear.

It is not anti-cop to demand that our police be accountable to us, the citizens. It is, rather, the bedrock of our civil society. Allowing police to operate with impunity makes us less free, and it makes all of us less safe, police officers included!

It's crazy for a man to look at police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota, and blame - and murder - police officers in Dallas, Texas. But it's not crazy to look at the patterns of police killings in this country and worry that, if you are pulled over by the police, the officer will not be on the side of justice.

Transparency makes the job of police harder, because it enforces the requirement that all police do their job right. Accountability to the communities they serve should not even be on the table for debate, it us fundamental to law enforcement's proper role in our society. A lack of transparency only serves to shelter the corrupt, and breed corruption - or the appearance of corruption, both of which lead to mistrust and ultimately hate.

It is pro cop to demand transparency in our policing, to insist on accountability, so that good cops can do good work in our communities and help make us all safer together.
Three bystanders who filmed and shared videos of killings by cops say they've been targeted by police ever since VIDEO
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Exactly. Transparency is something we can and should all agree on, no matter our political leanings.
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Repeating this again, and continuing to repeat it until the message gets across. A world with computers smart enough to drive our cars for us is a world in which a capitalist economy no longer has any use for a middle class. We have three options:
- we can stand idly by as technology takes its course and the rich get richer while the middle class is hollowed out because there's no longer a need for those millions of workers in order to run our economy;
- we can contort our economy into ever more complex pretzels, propping up our middle class with jobs providing no real value to anyone; or
- we can recognize that having managed to bootstrap ourselves into the Age of Computers, a person's human dignity should be tied neither to their willingness to perform pointless tasks for a paycheck, nor to their luck in launching the successful startup of the day and joining the capital class, but should instead be guaranteed to every citizen.

Will we as a country get ahead of this issue? Or in 20 years, will our politicians be spinning the same tales about restoring transportation jobs to the US economy that they tell today about manufacturing jobs?

Universal basic income now.
The imminent need for basic income in recognition of our machine-driven future
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Just remeber, nothing can replace the observations of a human operator in a 105,000 lb rig, a computer cant make a judgement based on wheather to put on chains or not or even get chains on,do basic matience on a big rig, and people that want this good luck, signed too many years behind wheel of a big rig
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Record numbers of arrests in DC for peaceful protesters? Why indeed is this not news?
 
I see a budget increase for DC to expand their jail system in the near future.
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Anything that smells like another Occupy Wallstreet gets squashed.

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Reseasoning a cast iron skillet this weekend with organic, cold pressed flaxseed oil from New Seasons. Feeling qualified for a role as an extra on Portlandia.
A few years ago I heard that flaxseed oil — not vegetable oil or shortening — was the best oil for seasoning cast iron. I'd always wanted to put that theory to the test, but decided to wait until I'd sufficiently neglected my own cast iron skillets to warrant a full re-seasoning. (It was bound to happen at some point.) That day finally came a few weeks ago. Thanks to my lazy maintenance, the seasoning on my 12-inch Lodge skillet had become patchy...
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looks great thanks for the IDEA.
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The iPhone Crisis reignited a conflict that should have been settled in the 90s. The loser is our national security.
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don't we learn from our misstakes....
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    BA in Spanish, 1996 - 2000
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