End of the road: will automation put an end to the American trucker - fascinating story

“The only human beings left in the modern supply chain are truck drivers. If you go to a modern warehouse now, say Amazon or Walmart, the trucks are unloaded by machines, the trucks are loaded by machines, they are put into the warehouse by machines. Then there is a guy, probably making $10 an hour, with a load of screens watching these machines. Then what you have is a truckers’ lounge with 20 or 30 guys standing around getting paid. And that drives the supply chain people nuts,” he says.

The goal, he believes, is to get rid of the drivers and “have ultimate efficiency”.

“I think this is imminent. Five years or so. This is a space race – the race to get the first driverless vehicle that is viable,” says Murphy. “My fellow drivers don’t appear to be particularly concerned about this. They think it’s way off into the future. All the people I have talked to on this book tour, nobody thinks this is imminent except for me. Me and Elon Musk, I guess.””

End of the road: will automation put an end to the American trucker?
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/oct/10/american-trucker-automation-jobs
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Opportunity for everyone - great post by google CEO Sundar Pinchai

“These are tough gaps. For instance, the nature of work is fundamentally changing. And that is shifting the link between education, training and opportunity. Young people already feel this. An Economist survey found that less than half of 18- to 25-year-olds believe their education gives them the skills they need to enter today’s workforce. That’s a significant gap that’s only going to become more urgent. One-third of jobs in 2020 will require skills that aren’t common today.”

Opportunity for everyone
https://blog.google/topics/causes-community/opportunity-for-everyone/?utm_source=MIT+Technology+Review&utm_campaign=f406b201c7-The_Download&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_997ed6f472-f406b201c7-154803941
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How Russia Harvested American Rage to Reshape U.S. Politics (NYT on “cultural hacking”)

““This is cultural hacking,” said Jonathan Albright, research director at Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism. “They are using systems that were already set up by these platforms to increase engagement. They’re feeding outrage — and it’s easy to do, because outrage and emotion is how people share.””

How Russia Harvested American Rage to Reshape U.S. Politics
https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/10/09/technology/russia-election-facebook-ads-rage.html?utm_source=nextdraft&utm_medium=email&referer=
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The Real Problem With Voice Assistants Like Siri Is Your Brain

“The bad news is that the capital-d Dream of a virtual assistant that manages your digital life while you live your real one is probably a lie. The real problem with voice assistants isn't that they're underpowered, or that their neural nets aren't sophisticated enough to intuit our requests. It's that user interfaces will always demand your attention—whether they're graphical, conversational, or, hell, telepathic.

I know this because for the past week, I’ve been using my AirPods to interact with Siri. Not to create timers, launch apps, or add things to my shopping list, but to, you know, get shit done.

In the morning, I slip an AirPod into my ear (just one), double tap it, and ask Siri to read me my emails while I make breakfast, recite the day's schedule while I put away dishes, organize my to-do list while I feed the dog, or help me field and respond to text messages as I pack up my bag and walk to the bus stop. Siri's voice recognition is now strong enough, its neural nets sharp enough, and its access to my personal information complete enough to handle this small handful of tasks quickly and consistently.”

The Real Problem With Voice Assistants Like Siri Is Your Brain
https://www.wired.com/story/multitasking-problem-with-virtual-assistants/
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'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

“There is growing concern that as well as addicting users, technology is contributing toward so-called “continuous partial attention”, severely limiting people’s ability to focus, and possibly lowering IQ. One recent study showed that the mere presence of smartphones damages cognitive capacity – even when the device is turned off. “Everyone is distracted,” Rosenstein says. “All of the time.””

'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/oct/05/smartphone-addiction-silicon-valley-dystopia
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Rise of the Robolawyers: made me think (via TheAtlantic)

“DoNotPay is just the beginning. Until we see a major, society-changing breakthrough in artificial intelligence, robolawyers won’t dispute the finer points of copyright law or write elegant legal briefs. But chatbots could be very useful in certain types of law. Deportation, bankruptcy, and divorce disputes, for instance, typically require navigating lengthy and confusing statutes that have been interpreted in thousands of previous decisions. Chatbots could eventually analyze most every possible exception, loophole, and historical case to determine the best path forward.

As AI develops, robolawyers could help address the vast unmet legal needs of the poor. Roland Vogl, the executive director of the Stanford Program in Law, Science, and Technology, says bots will become the main entry point into the legal system. “Every legal-aid group has to turn people away because there isn’t time to process all of the cases,” he says. “We’ll see cases that get navigated through an artificially intelligent computer system, and lawyers will only get involved when it’s really necessary.” A good analogy is TurboTax: If your taxes are straightforward, you use TurboTax; if they’re not, you get an accountant. The same will happen with law.”

Rise of the Robolawyers
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/04/rise-of-the-robolawyers/517794/
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Inside IBM's Vision For AI: Strategic Insights From CEO Ginni Rometty (the end of programming)

“Watson and "The End of Programming": "Everything you know until today is programmable—an entire era for decades has been programmable. Watson would be the beginning of a new era where you didn’t program. Machines would look at data, understand, reason over it, and they continue to learn: understand, reason and learn, not program, in my simple definition."”

Inside IBM's Bold Vision For AI: 7 Strategic Insights From CEO Ginni Rometty
https://www.forbes.com/sites/bobevans1/2017/10/02/inside-ibms-bold-vision-for-ai-7-strategic-insights-from-ceo-ginni-rometty/#3c6dad326548
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How biotechnology will soon give almost anyone the power to destroy humanity

“The results are sobering. If there is a one in 100 chance that somebody with the technology will release it, and there are a few hundred individuals like this, then our civilization is doomed on a timescale of 100 years or so. If there are 100,000 individuals with this technology, then the probability of them releasing it needs to be less than one in 109 for our civilization to last 1,000 years.”

How biotechnology will soon give almost anyone the power to destroy humanity
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/608903/genetic-engineering-holds-the-power-to-save-humanity-or-kill-it/
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Alibaba founder Jack Ma says to be a successful leader you need EQ, IQ, and LQ

“Ma, a former teacher, says he always warns government leaders to also “pay attention to education,” because right now we’re teaching children the wrong thing: that machines are better than humans. He believes this mindset will cost young people jobs in a future dominated by AI and computing.”

Alibaba founder Jack Ma says to be a successful leader you need EQ, IQ, and LQ
https://qz.com/1082709/alibabas-jack-ma-says-successful-leaders-need-eq-iq-and-lq-baba/
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