“Long story short, the middle of the labor market is disappearing,” Santens wrote. He envisions a new labor market in which only the highly-skilled and the low-skilled find work.Read more
Predictably, when one looks at the lists of companies participating in the various blockchain and cryptocurrency research efforts the names of the Silicon Valley giants are conspicuously absent. What research and development those companies undertake is increasingly centralized, bureaucratic, and directed towards projects that require massive infrastructure such as self-driving cars.Read more
Part of the reason for the proposal is risk avoidance; because around one-fifth of Norway’s gross domestic product comes from oil money. The hope is to keep generating enough income to keep Norway’s welfare state going into an oil-free future.Read more
A more interesting benefit was that a $4,000 yearly increase in household income reduced the poorest kids’ chances of committing a minor crime by 22%, Wired reported.
Children whose families received the payment had 40% less behavioral problems than other kids, Costello estimated. Those kids also had a lower rate of drug and alcohol addiction. She also found that 14% of the Cherokee families that received the income rose out of poverty.
Americans have become far more tolerant of atheists and non-believers than ever before. Most Americans now believe that there is no link between faith in God and morality.Read more
The Way’s purpose is: “To develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on artificial intelligence and through understanding and worship of the Godhead contribute to the betterment of society.”Read more
TIKAD is a small flying weapons platform that can also carry a machine gun, a grenade launcher, a rocket launcher, or even a sniper rifle, Popular Mechanics reported. It looks and operates much like popular hobby drones and the drones that companies such as Amazon want to use for delivery.Read more
“One of the great benefits is there is no overtime, EVER!” Hiberbotics’ website tells potential customers. “Work them as many hours a week as you want and you will always pay the same hourly rate regardless of how long the days get.”
“Also, unlike traditional workers which tend to slow down the longer, they work (here’s some research) the robots never slow down, no matter how long they work,” Hirebotics exclaims. “They also don’t need breaks to go to the bathroom.”Read more
Pew discovered that 46% of American adults were willing to admit to having no religion in a poll held earlier this year, a Pew press release indicates. That marked an 11% increase from 2012, when just 35% of Americans were willing to admit to having “no religion.”Read more
The nine-ton (18,000 pounds or 8,165.66 kilograms) AEOS is a Class 7 heavy-duty truck that runs off a 140-kilowatt hour battery pack, Forbes reported. The AEOS is capable of pulling a 22-ton (19,958 kilograms) trailer for up to 100 miles (160.934 kilometers).Read more