Robots Will Take Your Job
They might not know it yet, but some of the most educated workers in the nation are engaged in a fierce battle with machines. Doctors and lawyers beware. Here come the robots.
What's the Latest Development?
Artificial intelligence is getting closer to replacing high-skilled workers, a sector once thought to be beyond the reach of our technological abilities. "In the next decade, we'll see machines barge into areas of the economy that we'd never suspected possible—they'll be diagnosing your diseases, dispensing your medicine, handling your lawsuits, making fundamental scientific discoveries, and even writing stories just like this one." Following economic theory, higher productivity in these areas will drive down costs, benefiting society as a whole.
What's the Big Idea?
Just as the percentage of Americans working on farms dropped from 41 to 2 between 1900 and 2000, robots are on course to revolutionize our current labor market. Software developer Martin Ford was one of the first to write extensively about the coming changes: "There's no question that there will be new things in the future. But the assumption that economists are making is that those industries are going to be labor-intensive, that there are going to be lots of jobs there," Ford says. "But the fact is we don't see that anymore."
Scientists have developed new ways of understanding how the biological forces of death drive important life processes.
- Researchers have found new ways on how decomposing plants and animals contribute to the life cycle.
- After a freak mass herd death of 300 reindeer, scientists were able to study a wide range of the decomposition processes.
- Promoting the necrobiome research will open up new areas of inquiry and even commerce.
What do we see from watching birds move across the country?
- A total of eight billion birds migrate across the U.S. in the fall.
- The birds who migrate to the tropics fair better than the birds who winter in the U.S.
- Conservationists can arguably use these numbers to encourage the development of better habitats in the U.S., especially if temperatures begin to vary in the south.
Explore how alcohol affects your brain, from the first sip at the bar to life-long drinking habits.
- Alcohol is the world's most popular drug and has been a part of human culture for at least 9,000 years.
- Alcohol's effects on the brain range from temporarily limiting mental activity to sustained brain damage, depending on levels consumed and frequency of use.
- Understanding how alcohol affects your brain can help you determine what drinking habits are best for you.
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