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Intelligent Machines, Displaced Workers

Laura Tyson | Posted 05.07.2014 | World
Laura Tyson

During the last three decades, even before breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, computers have been replacing and multiplying the physical labor of human beings. Improvements in computer and communications technologies have also enabled employers to offshore many routine tasks that machines cannot directly replace.

Ownership -- The Minimum Wage Replacement

Gary Reber | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Gary Reber

Whether or not raising the minimum wage is harmful and will cause less employment should be discussed within the larger scope of economic inequality. ...

How to Reverse the Increasing Reliance of Low-Wage Workers On Billions in Aid and Restore Economic Growth

Gary Reber | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Gary Reber

The low wages paid to fast-food workers are costing taxpayers $7 billion a year in public assistance, according to a study released October 15, 2013 b...

The Self Is Dead -- Long Live the Superself

Robert Fuller | Posted 09.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Fuller

This is the sixth and final post in the series "Why Everything You Know about Your 'Self' Is Wrong." The series explores how our understanding of self...

What Is Man?

Robert Fuller | Posted 09.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Fuller

This is the fifth post in the series "Why Everything You Know about Your 'Self' Is Wrong." The series explores how our understanding of selfhood affec...

The Superself: Genome, Menome, and Wenome

Robert Fuller | Posted 09.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Fuller

In this view, our selves are far more extensive than we've been led to believe. They extend beyond our own bodies to include what we think of as other selves and the world. We live in the minds of others, and they in ours.

'Self' Is a Misnomer

Robert Fuller | Posted 09.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Fuller

The word "self" carries strong connotations of autonomy, individuality, and self-sufficiency. It's as if it were chosen to mask our interdependence. It's hardly an exaggeration to say that in buying into this notion of selfhood, humankind got off on the wrong foot.

The Algorithm of Hollywood

Seth Jaret | Posted 07.10.2013 | Media
Seth Jaret

While I'm in favor of any great idea that might improve the quality of a screenplay -- or movies as a whole -- I am conflicted about what this means for the future of Hollywood... and humankind.

Charles Babbage on Intellectual and Manual Skill

Myles Jackson | Posted 04.28.2013 | Science
Myles Jackson

Could machines replace intellectual skill as they had been doing to certain forms of manual skill?

Millions Of Middle-Class Jobs Killed By Machines

AP | BERNARD CONDON and PAUL WISEMAN | Posted 03.25.2013 | Business

NEW YORK — Five years after the start of the Great Recession, the toll is terrifyingly clear: Millions of middle-class jobs have been lost in de...

Cara Santa Maria

Is The Singularity Near?

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 12.20.2012 | Science

In a nutshell: the singularity marks a moment when technology trumps the human brain, and the limitations of the mind are surpassed by artificial inte...

Anthropomorphism: What Science Fiction Can Tell Us About Yelling at Computers and Naming Roombas

Nathan Shedroff | Posted 12.11.2012 | Technology
Nathan Shedroff

For less humanoid systems, people respond idiosyncratically. For example, some people name their Roomba vacuums and speak of them almost like a pet but others do not. So what aspects of a system might provide those triggers?

New Generation of A.I. Robots Could Think Like Humans

Posted 04.13.2012 | Science

By: Charles Q. Choi, InnovationNewsDaily Contributor Published: 04/12/2012 05:25 PM EDT on InnovationNewsDaily Interest is now reviving in artif...

Antiquated Economic Policies Are Killing Jobs More Than Robots

Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D. | Posted 02.08.2012 | Technology
Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D.

Rather than rail against the machine, pundits and policy makers would do better to embrace technology-led productivity, while at the same time do much more to help workers adjust to changes.

WATCH: The Madagascar Institute: 'Caution, This May Kill You'

Posted 10.25.2011 | Arts

A trio of friends, Chris Hacket, Ryan O' Connor and Eric Singer founded The Madagascar Institute in 1998. "The idea was to stop doing stuff virtually,...

Market Manipulation Amid the Mayhem

Diane Francis | Posted 10.15.2011 | Business
Diane Francis

It's been a week of thuggery on London streets, Syria's cities and on stock markets.

Humans Mating Machines? Maybe I'm Robo-Phobic...

Claudia Ricci | Posted 09.10.2011 | Books
Claudia Ricci

Sherry Turkle's fascinating new book, Alone Together, provides a startling exploration of the way digital technology and the fast-changing field of robotics are turning emotional connections among humans upside down.

Watch: Man Born Without Arms Changes Brakes On Car With His Feet

autoblog.com | By Chris Shunk (RSS Feed) on Jun 20th 2011 at 12:32PM | Posted 11.15.2011 | Weird News

Judging by the fact that you're reading Autoblog right now, you most likely love cars. Yet spending all your time ogling the latest in auto news doesn...

Ray Kurzweil on Translation Technology

Nataly Kelly | Posted 08.13.2011 | Technology
Nataly Kelly

According to Ray Kurzweil, machines will reach human levels of translation quality by the year 2029. In addition to text-based translation, numerous advances have taken place recently.

Watson's Jeopardy! Win: What Did We Discover?

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Danny Groner

Scientists and technicians clearly proved something this week about ingenuity, progress, and communication. What's the big takeaway from this three-day experiment?

Capitalism and the Age of Machines, 3.0

Erik Rothenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Erik Rothenberg

When time-saving machines are sophisticated enough to replicate themselves, then our economic system of scarcity and growth is due for a major upgrade -- if not a complete transformation. 2010-05-06-reprap.jpg

Man Plus Machine: Not a Hope But a Promise

Dan Agin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Dan Agin

Although the transformation is just beginning, the 21st century promises to accelerate this transformation of man alone to man+machine with great speed. This transformation is already affecting how you think and work.

Obama Administration Misunderstands Capitalism

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

Corporations are bound by law to maximize profit. No amount of yelling or pleading will change that. We have to provide proper incentives and disincentives -- rules and regulations -- if we want them on board.

Thomas B. Edsall

Man Versus Machine

HuffingtonPost.com | Thomas B. Edsall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The recent economic meltdown has renewed the salience of the question of the relationship between human beings and computers. A survey of various expe...