Automation and the future of work.

Mr. Tea

Shub-Niggurath, Please
Staff member
This
​Sgt. Augmento by Bruce Sterling
https://motherboard.vice.com/read/sgt-augmento
not hugely illuminating, or did i miss a point somewhere?
Pffft.

My eyeballs could see some new wavelengths. So for me, the rainbow looked a little broader, it was "Sort of Red, Red, Orange, Yellow, Blue, Green, Indigo, Violet, Even More Purpley." But nobody goes around gazing at rainbows all the time, except maybe gay guys.
It's funny that it's "brought to you by Deus Ex" - I'm playing the third game at the moment. Some aspects of the backstory and aesthetics are a bit cyberpunk-by-numbers but it's quite entertaining. Some nice little in-jokes about RoboCop and stuff like that (it's set in Detroit).
 

Corpsey

call me big papa
http://qz.com/854257/brace-yourself-the-most-disruptive-phase-of-globalization-is-just-beginning/

'To properly understand globalization, you need to start 200,000 years ago.

Richard Baldwin skillfully takes on this daunting task in a new book, starting all the way back with the hunter-gatherers. For too long, he says, traditional analysis of trade has been too narrow, he argues.

The economist, who is a professor at the Graduate Institute in Geneva and president of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in London, has been researching globalization and trade for 30 years. As anti-globalization forces now sweep across the world, The Great Convergence: Information Technology and the New Globalization (Harvard University Press) is well timed.

Baldwin argues that globalization takes shape in three distinct stages: the ability to move goods, then ideas, and finally people. Since the early 19th century, the cost of the first two has fallen dramatically, spurring the surge in international trade that is now a feature of the modern global economy.

The standard line from politicians in recent times is that everyone wins from globalization. But the backlash from low-skilled workers who lost their jobs to cheaper labor abroad has forced a change in tone.
 

luka

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https://runesoup.com/2017/02/chaeco...l&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Musk says that the disruption of car-based transportation will take place over the next 20 years, and that within 10 years it will be "unusual" for anything other than driverless cars to be manufactured. Because, as Musk says, "the single largest employer of people is driving in various forms," a lot of people are going to be out of jobs very soon. "Twenty years is a short period of time to have something like 12-15 percent of the workforce be unemployed."
 

luka

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In this sense, think of us as moving from the citizen’s army to a roboticized, and finally robot, military -- to a military that is a foreign legion in the most basic sense. In other words, we are moving toward an ever greater outsourcing of war to things that cannot protest, cannot vote with their feet (or wings), and for whom there is no “home front” or even a home at all. In a sense, we are, as we have been since 1973, heading for a form of war without anyone, citizen or otherwise, in the picture -- except those on the ground, enemy and civilian alike, who will die as usual.
http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175507/tomgram:_engelhardt,_the_arrival_of_the_warrior_corporation/
 

sufi

lala
"all uber need to do (to get re-licensed) is to clean up their act" some clever-ass person on twitface

is that even possible?

uber claim automation is responsible for their cheapness, but actually it's just sharp employment practices. #techwashing
 

john eden

male pale and stale
Everything is possible, but in this instance it will depend on how badly cleaning up their act reduces their profits.
 

sufi

lala
impressive backlash building about how unlike black cabs uber actually pick up black passengers...
 

Corpsey

call me big papa
Was going to start a thread about Uber - the ease, convenience and economy of services like Uber and Amazon, which many people (like me) now take for granted, despite being vaguely aware that some shady shit is going down behind the scenes to make it all possible.
 

Leo

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and sexually assault them
even once is too often. just curious, does that happen with any frequency in london? there have been isolated incidents here in the states but when weighed against the total number of rides provided, it's a very tiny sliver of a percent.
 
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firefinga

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Was going to start a thread about Uber - the ease, convenience and economy of services like Uber and Amazon, which many people (like me) now take for granted, despite being vaguely aware that some shady shit is going down behind the scenes to make it all possible.
You can add AirBnB and pretty much any bank to the shitlist. Clever to let the actual costumers do lots of administrative work and call it all "convenience"
 
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