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Jul 13, 2020

The Pandemic Has Accelerated Demands for a More Skilled Work Force

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In the coronavirus economy, companies are adopting more automation, as they seek to cut costs and increase efficiency. There is debate about which jobs are most at risk and how soon. But climbing up the skills ladder is the best way to stay ahead of the automation wave.


Even groups that regularly disagree on labor issues said there should be significant public investment in programs that can upgrade the skills of American workers.

Jul 6, 2020

Why China’s Race For AI Dominance Depends On Math

Posted by in categories: economics, education, employment, government, mathematics, robotics/AI, surveillance

The best way to prevent this is by focusing on the basics. America needs a major all-of-society push to increase the number of U.S. students being trained in both the fundamentals of math and in the more advanced, rigorous, and creative mathematics. Leadership in implementing this effort will have to come from the U.S. government and leading technology companies, and through the funding of ambitious programs. A few ideas come to mind: talent-spotting schemes, the establishment of math centers, and a modern successor to the post-Sputnik National Defense Education Act, which would provide math scholarships to promising students along with guaranteed employment in either public or private enterprises.


Forget about “AI” itself: it’s all about the math, and America is failing to train enough citizens in the right kinds of mathematics to remain dominant.

By Michael Auslin

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Jun 25, 2020

Just like hackers and cryptics I hide the fact that I’m gifted And I’ll miss Michael Hawley like how we miss christ ain’t with us This dude was A+OK in my book

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This dude was A+OK in my book. Yeah you knew Jobs, yeah you knew Minsky, but did you ever know even the name of the guy who convinced me to become a programmer? Rest In Eternal Peace. #RIP

Jun 22, 2020

Serving as finance minister under Obasanjo, Jonathan tough – Okonjo-Iweala

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Tunde Ajaja Former Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has said in all the positions she has occupied, serving as Nigeria’s Minister of Finance remains one of her toughest jobs so far. O…

Jun 21, 2020

Restaurants Are in Need of a Helping Hand. Miso Robotics Is Offering Them One. Literally

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, employment, food, robotics/AI

Both are AI-enabled, allowing them to take in their surroundings and learn and evolve over time. They know what time to start cooking a well-done burger so that it’s done at exactly the same time as a medium-rare burger for the same order, or could learn how to optimize oil use to minimize waste, for instance.

In a pre-pandemic time of restaurant labor shortages, Flippy kept kitchen productivity high and costs low, a giant deal in an industry known for tiny margins. Introducing Flippy into a kitchen can increase profit margins by a whopping 300%, not to mention significantly reduce the stress managers feel when trying to fill shifts.

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Jun 10, 2020

There’s A Glaring, Misleading Error In The May Jobs Report: U.S. May Be At 20% Unemployment

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On Friday, I reported on the data released from the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, indicating that 2.5 million jobs were added in May. This was followed by an enthusiastic take on how the United States may be turning the corner. Despite all of the negatives, it seemed the U.S. was seeing rays of hope. The stock market, which has shot up since the initial shocks of the Covid-19 pandemic, bolted up after the report, gaining over 700 points and referred to other positive developments.

Unfortunately, after delving into the footnotes of the numbers, it now looks like the jobs report has been inaccurate for the last two months. BLS has admitted that government household survey takers mistakenly counted about 4.9 million people as employed, although they were unemployed.

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Jun 10, 2020

U.S. can reach 90% clean electricity by 2035

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A new report – using the latest renewable energy and storage prices – shows that with the right policies, the United States can avoid building new fossil fuel plants and increase energy sector jobs by over half a million each year, supporting recovery efforts.

Jun 8, 2020

AI Transforming The Construction Industry

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Construction is one of the oldest professions as people have been building shelters and structures for millennia. However the industry has evolved quite a bit in the way they design, plan, and build structures. For decades, technology has been used in the construction industry to make jobs more efficient and construction projects and structures safer.

In recent years, construction companies have increasingly started using AI in a range of ways to make construction more efficient and innovative. From optimizing work schedules to improving workplace safety to keeping a secure watch on construction facilities, https://www.cognilytica.com/2019/06/26/ai-today-podcast-95-a…struction/ href=https://www.cognilytica.com/2019/06/26/ai-today-podcast-95-ai-use-case-series-ai-in-construction/ rel=“nofollow noopener noreferrer” target=_blank title=https://www.cognilytica.com/2019/06/26/ai-today-podcast-95-ai-use-case-series-ai-in-construction/>AI in the construction industry is already proving its value.

Jun 4, 2020

Europe bets R&D spending will bring jobs to battered economy

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The European Union wants a massive dose of research spending to lift it out of what could be the worst recession in its history. Last week, as part of a €1.85 trillion budget and pandemic recovery proposal, the European Commission, the EU executive arm, unveiled plans to pump €94.4 billion into research over 7 years, nearly €11 billion more than originally planned for the program, called Horizon Europe. But not everyone thinks the money is the best medicine.


Horizon Europe gets €13.5 billion to spend fast, spur growth.

Jun 3, 2020

Kitty Hawk ends Flyer program, shifts focus to once-secret autonomous aircraft

Posted by in categories: employment, health, robotics/AI, transportation

Kitty Hawk is shutting down its Flyer program, the aviation startup’s inaugural moonshot to develop an ultralight electric flying car designed for anyone to use.

The company, backed by Google co-founder Larry Page and led by Sebastian Thrun, said it’s now focused on scaling up Heaviside, a sleeker, more capable (once secret) electric aircraft that is quiet, fast and can fly and land anywhere autonomously.

Kitty Hawk is laying off most of Flyer’s 70-person team, TechCrunch learned. A few employees will be brought over to work on Heaviside, according to the company. Those who are laid off will receive at least 20 weeks of pay, plus tenure, depending on how long they were with the company. Former workers will also receive their annual bonus and have their health insurance covered through the end of the year. The company said it will set up placement services to help people find employment.

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