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February 27th, 2017 at 9:32 am

Which 5 jobs will robots take first?

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In 2012, Futurist Thomas Frey predicted that 2 billion jobs would disappear by 2030, roughly half of all jobs that exist today. Oxford University researchers reinforced this with their estimates that 47 percent of U.S. jobs could be automated within the next two decades. But which ones will robots take first?

First, we should define “robots” as technologies, such as machine learning algorithms running on purpose-built computer platforms, that have been trained to perform tasks that currently require humans to perform.

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November 23rd, 2015 at 7:54 am

More Mexicans are leaving the U.S. than coming in: Study


In a reversal of one of the most significant immigration trends in U.S. history, more Mexicans are leaving the United States than migrating into the country, according to a study published Thursday by the Pew Research Center.

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November 11th, 2015 at 5:24 pm

The 3D virtual world Second Life has a higher GDP than some countries

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Second Life, a 3D virtual world used to be hyped up as the future of internet communication.  But now Second Life is more commonly thought of as an example of overbaked optimism about what’s next in tech.

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September 23rd, 2015 at 6:24 pm

China is ‘financially out of control’ according to Citi’s chief economist


Citigroup’s chief economist, Willem Buiter,  sees a storm brewing in China. He estimated that there is a 55 percent chance of a made-in-China global recession in the not too distant future, which he defines as a period of sub-2 percent global growth.

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September 3rd, 2015 at 11:40 am

Very cool data visualization will change how you look at the world economy

world-economy-gdp-voroni-a7d4.0 has come up with a very cool data visualization that’s a little bit unorthodox. The way it works is that it visualizes the entire world’s economic output as a circle. That circle is then subdivided into a bunch of blobs representing the economy of each major country. And then each country-blob is sliced into three chunks — one for manufacturing, one for services, and one for agriculture.

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