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‘Side Hustle’ as a Sign of the Apocalypse

January 14th, 2017

Definitely related: L.A. Coliving: PodShare Via: Medium: “These days, everyone needs a side hustle,” starts the Uber commercial recruiting new drivers. And it’s got bouncy music and the dude is hip and it makes it sound like this is super fun and I’m sitting there thinking: Are they seriously trying to make a “second job” […]

Mining 24 Hours a Day with Robots

January 4th, 2017

Via: MIT Technology Review: Mining companies are rolling out autonomous trucks, drills, and trains, which will boost efficiency but also reduce the need for human employees. Each of these trucks is the size of a small two-story house. None has a driver or anyone else on board. Mining company Rio Tinto has 73 of these […]

IBM Watson Replaces Insurance Claim Workers at Japanese Insurance Company

January 4th, 2017

Via: Quartz: Most of the attention around automation focuses on how factory robots and self-driving cars may fundamentally change our workforce, potentially eliminating millions of jobs. But AI that can handle knowledge-based, white-collar work are also becoming increasingly competent. One Japanese insurance company, Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance, is reportedly replacing 34 human insurance claim workers […]

Foxconn Plans to Replace Almost Every Human Worker with Robots

January 1st, 2017

Just in case anyone out there thinks that this is somehow not real, or not going to happen, ASUS moved to 100% automation for video card production back in 2015. Via: The Verge: Foxconn, the Taiwanese manufacturing giant behind Apple’s iPhone and numerous other major electronics devices, aims to automate away a vast majority of […]

Growing Number of Americans Are Retiring Outside the U.S.

December 28th, 2016

Via: AP: Newly widowed, Kay McCowen quit her job, sold her house, applied for Social Security and retired to Mexico. It was a move she and her husband, Mel, had discussed before he passed away in 2012. “I wanted to find a place where I could afford to live off my Social Security,” she said. […]

World’s Largest Hedge Fund to Replace Managers with Artificial Intelligence

December 22nd, 2016

Via: Guardian: The world’s largest hedge fund is building a piece of software to automate the day-to-day management of the firm, including hiring, firing and other strategic decision-making. Bridgewater Associates has a team of software engineers working on the project at the request of billionaire founder Ray Dalio, who wants to ensure the company can […]

The Grim Truth of Chinese Factories Producing the West’s Christmas Toys

December 8th, 2016

Via: Guardian: Xiao Fang thinks she’s one of the luckier workers making Barbie dolls for the Christmas market at the Mattel toy factory in Chang’an. True, she says, she works 11-hour days, six days a week, and shares a dormitory with nine other women and gets to see her husband only once a week. She […]

Trump’s Pick for Secretary of Education Is Sister of Blackwater Founder

November 25th, 2016

Wikipedia: Betsy DeVos: DeVos’ brother, Erik Prince, founded Blackwater USA, a private security firm which had operations in Iraq.

Apple Asks iPhone Manufacturers to Investigate Making iPhones in U.S.

November 19th, 2016

Via: Nikkei: iPhones might one day soon carry “Made in America” labels. Key Apple assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn Technology Group, has been studying the possibility of moving iPhone production to the U.S., sources told the Nikkei Asian Review. “Apple asked both Foxconn and Pegatron, the two iPhone assemblers, in June […]

Titanpointe: The NSA’s Spy Hub in New York, Hidden in Plain Sight

November 17th, 2016

Via: The Intercept: Documents obtained by The Intercept from the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden do not explicitly name 33 Thomas Street as a surveillance facility. However — taken together with architectural plans, public records, and interviews with former AT&T employees conducted for this article — they provide compelling evidence that 33 Thomas Street has served […]

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