Atlas can now take a beating and stand up for itself. (I can’t wait till they install its anger unit, and a sword arm.) This latest iteration of Atlas, along with other advances in robotics, further assails the faltering idea that humans can never and will never be replaced.
What happens once we’re all forced into retirement by the bots? I think it’s up to us. (Not us us, but the collective us.) Stuff to chew on:
- A great conversation between the Robot Overlordz and Calum Chace about Singularity economics. (Zach’s note: I’m a dummy. The Human+AI combo is called a centaur, not a chimera. This blog post has an interesting anecdote on the subject.)
- Mainstream coverage of basic income, courtesy of On Point. Could this idea be catching on?
- Oof, Walmart. Ready for the link storm? Here goes. Walmart displaces jobs; buys mostly foreign merchandise; effectively suppresses worker wages wherever they open up shop; costs taxpayers billions of dollars a year (along with other low-wage employers); and receives a gigantic amount of food stamp dollars. Dracula salutes you, Walmart.
- Denmark isn’t socialist Shangri-La. They’re a market economy. Yes, it’s possible to make money and not force poor people into a wood chipper.
- That time Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren and some other Justice Leaguers thought it was bullshit that cable companies charge you rent for the box.
- John Oliver exposes the latest in voting technology: sticks.
- Sam Harris interviews the CEO of Memphis Meats
- Abundance by Peter Diamandis
- The Second Machine Age by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee
- Rick & Morty, possibly the greatest show of all time
- Antifragile by Nassim Taleb
- The Look of Silence, and an interview with the director on the Waking Up podcast