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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Think Your Job Is Safe From The Robot Invasion?

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

Industrial automatons have been on the march for years, devouring the middle-class job opportunities of factory workers. But this time is different.

If you think your family’s future is safe because you don’t rely on factory work, think again. Rapid advances in AI have already turned yesterday’s science fiction into today’s brave new “creative destruction” — the constant churn of economic and cultural innovations that destroy existing ways of doing things. A network of inventors and investors, hundreds of university engineering and math departments, thousands of government-funded research projects, countless freelance innovators and the entire corporate establishment are “re-inventing” practically every workplace by displacing humans with “more efficient” AI robots.…

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How To Help Puerto Rico, Even When The President Won’t

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.


Donald Trump’s idea of humanitarian aid to Puerto Rico is throwing paper towel rolls to a crowd. His callous and grandstanding attitude following Hurricane Maria’s devastation is breathtaking, even for a man who uses a golden toilet. His cheap imitation of a T-shirt cannon was enough to make America collectively throw the phones we watched it on into the sea. If you’re looking for less expensive ways to channel your rage, consider donating time, money or supplies to organizations and individuals on the ground in Puerto Rico. It’s infuriating that America once again has to turn to private companies and non-profits to pick up the slack for the federal government, but until at least the 2018 midterms, we’ll have to endure a few more months of government by GoFundMe.…

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