Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Truth in Advertising: Exxon Hates Your Children

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Exxon Valdez Oil Massacre

If Corporations Were Honest: How Exxon Feels About Our Children

Finally, a TV ad that tells it like it is: Exxon Hates Your Children

Go to http://ExxonHatesYourChildren.com if you want to see it on national television! (And go straight to http://bit.ly/XuuWsK to donate.)

What would YOU spend the $10 Billion on instead?




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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Economic Evolution: Robots Taking Human Jobs

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Industrial robots cooperating on the job
Industrial robots cooperating on the job

Economic evolution has become robots taking human jobs. Artificial intelligence is replacing human intelligence. Technology, specifically algorithms, continues to replace humans in more and more complex jobs. These include military, financial, industrial, and service applications. In fact, some jobs lost during the Great Recession in the United States are not coming back due to robots.

Economic evolution is being driven by technology whereby more robots and software, and fewer humans, are doing the work resulting in a higher gross domestic product. The per capita GDP increases but fewer people are necessary - or have jobs.

This artificial intelligence can take many forms from being embedded and unseen in a computer to a more psychologically comforting humanoid robot. Though robots is a favorite term and evokes a science fiction risk, it is actually the algorithms within the software that direct the activities. The great leap forward is now self-learning algorithms, which therefore ultimately means robots that learn.

A huge breakthrough will be utilizing voice-recognition software for service jobs such as a fast food drive-through and customer service desks in stores. Once this occurs, yet more human service jobs will vanish and McDonald's and Wal-Mart will have very few, if any, human workers remaining.

This trend is increasing at an increasing rate and will become more and more evident in everyday life. Welcome to the 21st century of human and robot collaboration and coexistence - and algorithms replacing humans.

Are Robots Hurting Job Growth?

Technological advances, especially robotics, are revolutionizing the workplace, but not necessarily creating jobs. Steve Kroft reports.



Robots can be any shape or size, including humanoid.
Robots can be any shape or size, including humanoid.

Are Robots Hurting Job Growth?

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