What’s Going On in the Workforce?
“Kitchens are just factories we haven’t automated yet.” Hey baristas…this company thinks they can replace you with with robots.
The American Prospect recently wrote about the move toward a more automated economy, with a detailed look in a Skechers warehouse in Moreno, CA. Perhaps the most telling thing about this article is the comments section–which intersperses real people being passionate about the future with automated bots telling everyone how to work from home for big bucks.
Is the future of higher ed going to mean there are only 10 universities left on earth? Audrey Watters tells us why that won’t happen.
Are you a Militant Optimist or a Lifestyle Hacker? European Alternatives have come up with four different ways that young people are coping with making a living, in today’s economy.
Reputation, reputation, reputation
Are you ready for everyone with a smartphone or Google Glasses to be able to recognize you on the street? What if they could see your credit score, or know your sexual orientation? These researchers at Carnegie Mellon are working to make that a reality. And these folks from Brunswick Insight want you to think about what it’ll be like when everyone and everything has a rating.
The Singularity Approaches
What do we laugh about, daily? New additions to this open google doc, “Alternatives to the Singularity.”
Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability
One way that we might form a new economy involves micro-payments for original content–think about the potential of making money from Facebook photos or tweets. This publishing company wants to fund writers with a model like the way we fund farmers through Community-Supported Agriculture. On another, more perverse note–why not buy a share in a star athlete?
We wrote about Shareable’s efforts to map the sharing economy–here’s what one view of New York City’s “solidarity economy” looks like, mapped.
Talk about a Basic Income led Demos’ Matt Bruenig to develop a basic income calculator for the US. Cost of halving the poverty level in the US? A little less than a trillion dollars.
Think it’s going to be Google that cracks the market on driverless cars? Anki Drive might beat them to the punch–by building a better robot car for your kids, first.
Can you copyright a ringtone? Some thoughts on why intellectual property rights and 3D printing might not get along.
The Ethical Consumer held an essay contest last year on “Co-Operative Alternatives to Capitalism. Here’s one of the winning essays, “Open Source Capitalism” on why open source capitalism can’t look exactly like open source coding.
UNI has a new report out showing how multi-national retailers are squeezing the global supply chain, making their labor force live much more precariously, over the past five years.
Want to hack a new app to help advocate for comprehensive immigration reform? FWD.us, the tech industry’s immigration reform campaign is holding a hackathon in late November–if you want in, apply here.
A group of Spaniards who’ve been forced to emigrate, due to the terrible joblessness caused by austerity programs have formed a new transnational movement–say hello to the Garnet Tide.
“Resilient organizations, instead, are masters of ‘survival of the fittest.’ They have the capacity to evolve better stuff faster than rivals by letting the bad stuff fail. Instead of protecting yesterday’s uncompetitive business models, products and services, they expose products, services, and entire businesses to the freest and fairest exchange so they can evolve what is more competitive. They are driven by competitive selection. By evolving more and faster than rivals, like Google, they are able to survive and thrive in the fiercest of conditions.”
Umair Haque, The New Capitalist Manifesto