Why have a Turing Test, if we could instead have the Turing Olympics?
I can’t even begin to describe this video of an AI-inflected Mario. You’re just going to have to watch it yourself. Bonus points if you imagine the narrator as a robot.
Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability
The Story of Stuff wants to know—what are your sustainability priorities for 2015?
Great story about Madison, WI’s decision to invest $5 million in worker-owned cooperatives—and what that will actually mean.
Peers has a set of tax tips for sharing economy workers up on their blog. Surprise! 1099 income gets reported!
It’s almost a Portlandia setup—but it’s taking place in Cleveland! Meet the worker-owned, bicycle-driving composter coop.
How about turning your house or apartment into a co-working space?
Greenpeace’s Mobilization Lab shares some of the new social media tools they’ve been testing—and looks for suggestions for new ones to try out.
Do you need to map strategy & make decisions remotely? Try WhatLeadsTo.
“There is not necessarily a direct connection between having a job and feeling like you’re doing things with your life that you care about or matter or make you happy.” In this week’s installment of updates on Studs Terkel’s Working, meet the Unemployed Person. Maybe I should also remind you of the first rule of the internet: Don’t Read the Comments.
What’s Going on in the Workforce?
“As workers, people in advanced industrial economies have not gained a lot from free trade and technological progress.” Huh. The Financial Times, on why tech companies need to figure out how not to destroy the economy.
Could Bitcoin someday serve as the launching pad for an organizational management structure run by machine intelligence?
Is a lack of app-savviness driving our inability to organize sharing-economy workers? With a judge or two poised to declare that Uber drivers are actually employees, that might become relevant pretty soon.
“When smart machines can do most routine work in the economy, the demand for human labor splits into two camps. A small group with the most valued skills and talents—creative, intellectual, entrepreneurial—will earn great rewards. For the remaining jobs that machines can’t do, the qualification will be ‘being a human,’ and the basic rules of supply and demand will drive those wages to the legal minimum.” h/t to reader Joe Dinkin for sending this one in.
Robot of the Week