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Pope condemns Bangladesh 'slave labour'

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Pope Francis says unjust salaries and unbridled quest for profits are "against God" as he attacks workers' conditions.
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Human beings are not a means to an end. Even the the world's shamans agree.

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When Privilege is Automated People Will Die
"In this [conceivably] terminal phase of human existence Democracy and Freedom are more than 'values to be treasured' - they may well be essential to survival." - Noam Chomsky.
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Humanity, You're Fired!

Humanity, You're Fired! | When Privilege is Automated People Will Die | Scoop.it
Much of human history has been defined by the fight for stuff. From the first cave dweller who raised a club and grunted, “Brute force says this is my stuff,” to the feudal kings who announced, “Our most glorious Lord granted me dominion over all this stuff,” to the contemporary capitalist who says, “The market has decided this is my stuff,” every age has had its own rules for apportioning stuff.

 Well, the history of stuff is about to begin a new era, or more correctly, a new era has already begun, most of us just haven’t realised it yet. But we’re going to, and fast. 

 I once spent a year working in an industrial laundry. My job was to stand at the end of a giant sheet press, folding the ejected sheets in half. For the uninitiated, a sheet press is a huge machine that takes wet linen straight from the industrial washers, runs it through a set of superheated rollers, drying and pressing at the same time. Mechanical arms then fold the crisp, dried sheet six times until it is ejected from a slot. My job was to stand by the slot and do one final fold, and, as I wilted in the sweltering heat by this hellish machine, the only question going through my mind was why the designer hadn’t put in one more arm so the press could do the whole thing, negating the need for me to stand there getting bored out of my skull. 

 Of course, before the advent of the sheet press, processing, pressing, and folding sheets on such a scale would have meant employing at least a dozen people, but, standing there in the boiling room, hallucinating about the extra folding arm, I was foolishly wishing away the last remaining human role, fantasising about putting myself, and anyone who might follow me, out of a job. 

 We’re all familiar with the way automation has transformed many industries that rely on manual labour, putting huge swathes of the population out of work, forcing people to retrain or face long-term unemployment. We’ve seen the rise of self-service tills, self-service petrol pumps, self-service banking. Now we have artificial intelligence responding to our phone calls and banks such as RBS replacing human staff with robo-advisers for complex functions such as investment advice. 

 The rise of machines has previously been limited by their lack of intelligence, but they’ve started to get very clever. Until now, most of the jobs lost to automation have been taken from working class communities. When we hear of 220 people being laid off from a car plant, or 500 people being made redundant from a factory, many of us think, “how sad, but they’ll be able to retrain and get a better job,” and then forget about them. 

 But what if they can’t? What if the number of jobs that can be done by humans is shrinking? And what if what’s happened to the blue-collar workforce is about to happen to the middle class? 

Scratch that, it’s already happening to the middle class; investment advisers are being laid off and replaced by artificial intelligence. And it’s not just investment advisers. 

 IBM now has a computer called Ross that can do the job of a fully qualified lawyer. US law firm, Baker & Hostetler, has hired Ross to take over its entire bankruptcy practice. A Japanese software program wrote a short story and almost won a literary prize. Insurance companies are planning to replace actuaries and underwriters with machines. Google’s Deep Dream neural network has created some astonishing works of art and researchers at the University of Tubingen in Germany have developed a neural net that can emulate the styles of some of the greatest artists in history . And we’re all expecting the day when vehicles can drive themselves. How many jobs won’t be done better and more efficiently by machines? When one tries to list jobs that intelligent machines can’t do, one discovers there are far fewer than one might think. The compassion of a carer, perhaps? The emotion of actor, maybe? Is your job safe from the rise of the machines? Are you sure? 

As automation creeps up the social strata, how will the middle class react to the prospect of long-term unemployment? More importantly, how will we allocate wealth? Switzerland recently voted on whether to implement a national wage, a salary that is paid regardless of whether one chooses to work or not. The proposal was rejected, but the fact such a radical reassessment of the way we allocate wealth is even being considered tells us all we need to know about the pressing nature of this issue. The scale and pace of the advance of the machine age is going to challenge the blithe assumption that humans who have been discarded and replaced by machines will be able to find work elsewhere. There simply won’t be enough jobs. 

 John Pilger wrote a fascinating account of why Britain voted to leave the EU. While I disagree with some of its content, the fact that Manchester, Britain’s second-largest city, now has 600,000 people living in extreme poverty and 1.6 million in penury, should concern us all, because unless we fundamentally change the structure of the economy, long-term unemployment and extreme poverty are coming for us all, except the lucky few who own the machines. 

 Instead of engaging in the same old bunfights, our politicians need to start planning for a society where the majority of people have been made redundant by technology. The Bank of England’s chief economist says half of all jobs in Britain are at risk from automation. Oxford University economists Dr Carl Frey and Dr Michael Osborne estimate that 40% of all jobs in Britain could be lost to automation by 2030. 

That’s 13 years from now. This is happening so quickly that young people need to be factoring it into their higher education choices.

“The market has decided this is my stuff,” won’t work for much longer because there soon won’t be enough people with jobs to support a market. The next phase of the history of stuff might be, “We all get the same stuff,” but that sounds suspiciously like socialism, which can’t possibly be right...
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Delange Conference X - Rice University

Delange Conference X - Rice University | When Privilege is Automated People Will Die | Scoop.it
The conference will focus on issues created by the impact of information technology on labor markets over the next 25 years. The De Lange Conference will feature renowned speakers from academia, industry and leading think tanks with expertise in technology, economics, social sciences and the humanities.
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The Road To Robot Takeover: McKinsey's Report On the Future of Automation

Last week McKinsey & Company released findings detailing what workers, owners & policy-makers can expect in automation over the next decade.
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What Saved Hostess And Twinkies: Automation And Firing 95% Of The Union Workforce

What Saved Hostess And Twinkies: Automation And Firing 95% Of The Union Workforce | When Privilege is Automated People Will Die | Scoop.it
Boxes of Hostess Twinkies in August 2004. (Photographer: Tina Fineberg/Bloomberg News) Unions fight for the working man and act as a counterbalance to the power of the capitalists. And there's no reason why someone should not be able to avail themselves of such union protections--the right of association is as important [...]
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Millions of Southeast Asian jobs may be lost to automation in next two decades: ILO

Millions of Southeast Asian jobs may be lost to automation in next two decades: ILO | When Privilege is Automated People Will Die | Scoop.it
SINGAPORE (REUTERS) - More than half of workers in five Southeast Asian countries are at high risk of losing their jobs to automation in the next two decades, an International Labour Organisation (ILO) study found, with those in the garments industry particularly vulnerable.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
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The Guardian - Robots and automated systems are getting... | Facebook

Robots and automated systems are getting faster, better and cheaper by the day. A study of US jobs has found that 47% are threatened by automation i
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Automation & Mass Unemployment Won't Kill the Job Market

Automation & Mass Unemployment Won't Kill the Job Market | When Privilege is Automated People Will Die | Scoop.it
You've read some of the headlines about automation that are absolute panic-mongering drivel. It's a serious topic. The mass media knows it and tries to get you fearing for your livelihood
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Laborious Cretin's comment, July 2, 10:48 AM
Living under the minimum annual living cost for a US adult: $28,474 , a UBI sounds good. Though to me they should have gone after the stepping stones instead of cash. Food & water, housing, education,medical. A few ways each country can do those also. If they had done basic necessities over a check for a vote it might have passed. After all they do not need to buy new things when poorer as much as necessities that are needed to survive. Any good program setup needs to address that, or realize that a monthly check can be turned around for some insane things, and done when wrong will only increase the prices of everything. The point is not to raise prices as much as giving people the right stepping stones so to say.
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Prof. Jürgen Schmidhuber - AI Will Be As Revolutionary As The Creation Of Life Itself

Jürgen Schmidhuber is a German computer scientist and artist known for his work on machine learning, Artificial Intelligence, artificial neural networks
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March of the machines

What history tells us about the future of artificial intelligence—and how society should respond
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Nine Out Of Ten Indians Worry Technological Unemployment

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BENGALURU: As per a four nation study for the Skill Confidence Report by global skill development firm City
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It's No Myth: Robots and Artificial Intelligence Will Erase Jobs in Nearly Every Industry

It's No Myth: Robots and Artificial Intelligence Will Erase Jobs in Nearly Every Industry | When Privilege is Automated People Will Die | Scoop.it
Though robots and artificial intelligence will erase jobs and bring social challenges, they may also provide an opportunity for humanity to uplift itself.
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Quantum Computing, AI And More: How The Future Of Technology Is Shaping Up, As Per Andy Rubin

Andy Rubin talked about the developing technologies in the next decade, and his money is on AI, robotics and quantum computing. The tech veteran has high hopes for the future, and is ready to invest a lot in it.
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137 Million Reasons We Should Be Terrified Of Technological Unemployment

137 Million Reasons We Should Be Terrified Of Technological Unemployment - 07/08/2016
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Robot surgeon STAR bests its human counterparts in world first

Robot surgeon STAR bests its human counterparts in world first | When Privilege is Automated People Will Die | Scoop.it
One step for a robot, one giant leap for robot kind In a recent study Oxford University and others estimated that between 35% and 45% of all of todays’ jobs would be automated by AI, robots a…
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White House: U.S. wants to be at the forefront of automation policy

White House: U.S. wants to be at the forefront of automation policy | When Privilege is Automated People Will Die | Scoop.it
The Obama administration wants the U.S. to be a world leader in economic and defense policy related to a new wave of automation powered by machine learning and artificial intelligence, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said Tuesday.
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This robot-powered burger joint could put fast food workers out of a job

This robot-powered burger joint could put fast food workers out of a job | When Privilege is Automated People Will Die | Scoop.it
The Momentum Machines robot can crank out 400 made-to-order burgers an hour. Now, it looks like the company is opening a restaurant in San Francisco.
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Terrorists are 'actively seeking' to build killer robots

Terrorists are 'actively seeking' to build killer robots | When Privilege is Automated People Will Die | Scoop.it
Experts from dozens of countries gathered in Geneva earlier this year to consider the implications of 'Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems' (LAWS).
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2011: A technology inflection point, five years later

2011: A technology inflection point, five years later | When Privilege is Automated People Will Die | Scoop.it
The year 2011 launched several tech trends that have shaped the modern world over the past five years. Siri, Uber, and artificial intelligence continue to make an impact in 2016 in ways that could shape the future of technology.
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Digital skills and the future of the labour force - Baroness Morgan

One day automation will present society with big existential questions, says Baroness Morgan of Huyton, but today’s employment strategy must focus on preparing workers for the global digital race.
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Stephen Hawking warns of ‘AI arms race’ – and reveals what most mystifies him

Stephen Hawking warns of ‘AI arms race’ – and reveals what most mystifies him | When Privilege is Automated People Will Die | Scoop.it
British physicist Stephen Hawking sees signs that the applications for artificial intelligence are already going down the wrong track.
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Goodbye accountants! Startup builds AI to automate all your accounting

Goodbye accountants! Startup builds AI to automate all your accounting | When Privilege is Automated People Will Die | Scoop.it
Smacc, which uses AI to automate accounting, has secured a $3.5 million Series A round from Cherry Ventures, Rocket Internet, Dieter von Holtzbrinck Ventures,..
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Artificial Intelligence Explodes: New Deal Activity Record For AI Startups

Artificial Intelligence Explodes: New Deal Activity Record For AI Startups | When Privilege is Automated People Will Die | Scoop.it
In Q1'16, there were over 140 deals to startups focused on AI. Khosla Ventures emerges as most active VC investor in AI.
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