Monday, December 12, 2016

Robota Of Multitudes: Survival of the Richest

Teach a parrot the terms 'supply and demand' and you've got an economist 
— Thomas Carlyle, born on this date in 1795

SEC Awards Nearly $1 Million to Whistleblower

Revealed: Rio Tinto’s plan to use drones to monitor workers’ private lives The Guardian

Why Corbyn Won Jacobin

Baby boomers ‘should work for longer to stay healthy’ The Guardian

X-ray dye scandal so big they 'buried it'

Thousands of Australians have been left crippled with pain and some are wheelchair bound with a condition called adhesive arachnoiditis as a result of a dye that was injected into their spine before an x-ray

Meet Kulcha Vulcha Sarsha aka Alex ...

ATO deploys Alex a talking 'Siri for tax'

ATO adopts Nuance virtual assistant NinA becomes Alex aka Sarsha 

Nuance Communications, Inc. (NUAN) today announced that the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has integrated Nuance’s intelligent virtual assistant, Nina, within the organization’s website. This is another important step on the ATO’s path to transform the online experience for customers by improving their ability to self-serve.

In an age where customers are continuously seeking advanced tools for self-service and automation, Nuance’svirtual assistant solution, Nina, offers the ATO’s customers the option to have their questions answered by Alex at Alex provides tailored responses to customer queries using natural language understanding, conversational dialogue and advanced resolution techniques, to answer hundreds of commonly asked questions across a range of categories. This allows agents to spend more time managing complex requests. Transformation of Reinvention

A behavioural economist explains why it's ok that you'll never find the perfect job

cover artWhen Walt Whitman declared “I contain multitudes,” he had no idea that it was more than just a metaphor. Ed Yong, a science staff writer for The Atlantic, provides an entertaining, fascinating, sometimes thought-provoking, sometimes kind of gross survey of the microbes that live within us as well as other animals.

Will robots actually take your job?

Stephen Hawking: Automation and AI Are Going to Decimate Middle Class Jobs

Uber knows where you go, even after ride is over Ars Technica

Portland to vote on taxing companies if CEO earns 100 times more than staff Guardian (martha r). NC featured this idea long ago, in 2011: Doug Smith: The Maximum Wage. Note the proposed enforcement mechanism was different and the maximum was lower: 25x the pay of the lowest-paid worker. To be serious, you’d need to craft it to include the full-time equivalent pay of part-times and the net pay to contract workers

Trevor Noah of "The Daily Show" discusses why lying politicians are like toddlers, the Terminator, and Masters of the Made-Up Universe. Watch it

Work (Robota)  means everything to us Americans. For centuries – since, say, 1650 – we’ve believed that it builds character (punctuality, initiative, honesty, self-discipline, and so forth). We’ve also believed that the market in labour, where we go to find work, has been relatively efficient in allocating opportunities and incomes. And we’ve believed that, even if it sucks, a job gives meaning, purpose and structure to our everyday lives – at any rate, we’re pretty sure that it gets us out of bed, pays the bills, makes us feel responsible, and keeps us away from daytime TV.  Economists believe in full employment. Americans think that work builds character. But what if jobs aren’t working anymore?  

John D. Rockefeller: A Character Study 

How Casinos Enable Gambling Addicts

How modern slot machines develop a nearly unbreakable hold on the brain, leading around one in five pathological gamblers to attempt suicide

Out With the Poor, In With the Rich

The landlord’s guide to gentrifying New York.

How a Pillar of German Banking Lost Its Way 


ATO outs tech giants with tiny tax bill 

Apple-EU case didn't end secret 'sweetheart' tax deals