Just a quick note to let everyone know that 60 Minutes is running a story tonight called “March of the Machines” about “technological advances, especially robotics, that are revolutionizing the workplace, but not necessarily creating jobs.”
The show will air Sunday, January 13 after the Patriots – Texans playoff game is over; between 7 and 8 pm EST. I’d tell you what to look for, but I haven’t seen the piece yet. I’ll report back here with my impresssions of it, and I’d love to hear yours. So leave a comment after it airs, please…
When I’m trying to understand something, I start drawing graphs using whatever data’s available; pictures help me more than tables of numbers or regression coefficients. So here’s a picture I drew to see recent trends in US labor productivity — how much more output the American economy gets from its workers over time.
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December 26, 2014 - A recent Pew Research poll, the results released in November, paint a disturbing picture about American concerns regarding the full implications of "big data." If unfamiliar with the term "big data" it refers to collections of data sets that can be mined and analyzed for patterns and trends providing insight into human behavior.
December 25, 2014 - When I walked my dog this Christmas morning there was not a hint of snow anywhere. In fact we had to skirt puddles of water as we made our way through the local park. Autumn leaves swirled around us as we descended into a nearby ravine. This is not a Currier & Ives Christmas. At least not here where I live, and hardly anywhere in Canada, the so-called Great White North.
In an enjoyable and widely-read rant, sf-critic Charlie Jane Anders recently declared herself Tired of "The Smartest Man in the Room" science fiction trope. Her delineation of the stereotype should be immediately legible. Futurologists, are you and do you really want to be that guy?
December 24, 2014 - It is Christmas Eve and a time that my wife and I use to visit with friends whose parlors are decked out in Christmas trees, both real and artificial. We look forward to this annual ritual just as we do to lighting the Chanukah menorah for eight days. Last night was the last lighting for this year and for us brings an end to 2014.
December 23, 2014 - Southern Florida is the most vulnerable floodplain in the United States. The City of Miami Beach to protect itself from storm surges is attempting to implement a $300 million deflection project. But to get the money it needs to collect more taxes. And where is it getting these taxes from? Development fees and taxes from builders.
December 22, 2014 - Alzheimer's patients progressively lose their memories. I watched my mother-in-law and mother both succumb to the ravages of this disease as it robbed them of the recent past and then peeled away the decades until they reverted to distant memories. In my mother, a trilingual and adept, discerning individual, it even robbed her of her ability to speak coherently.