The robots are coming edition

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Posted on March 31, 2017

The CEO of Taco Bell and KFC says, yes, robots are coming for your job | The Outline

Can Amazon’s Alexa Be Your Friend? ~In 1966, Joseph Weizenbaum sat in MIT’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, a room crowded less by people than hulking frames of computer hardware. | digg

Elon Musk’s Billion-Dollar Crusade to Stop the A.I. Apocalypse ~Elon Musk is famous for his futuristic gambles, but Silicon Valley’s latest rush to embrace artificial intelligence scares him. And he thinks you should be frightened too. Inside his efforts to influence the rapidly advancing field and its proponents, and to save humanity from machine-learning overlords. | Vanity Fair

The Genius of Pinheads: When Little Brains Rule ~Bigger brains are not always better | Scientific American

Automation is set to hit workers in developing countries hard ~The Fourth Industrial Revolution could bring mass global unemployment | The Outline

Youth at risk of unemployment with future entry-level jobs replaced by automation | CBC

Bret Easton Ellis: Barbra Streisand, Lena Dunham Shouldn’t Blame Trump for Their Own ‘Neuroses’ ~Ellis says ‘childish meltdowns’ by liberals are ruining his dinners out and even hurting his relationship with his boyfriend | The Wrap

Sapiosexual is the latest it word on dating sites ~’Sapiosexual’ is defined as an attraction to intelligence or emotional maturity, although some have called the term pretentious. | Toronto Star

A world without retirement ~the population is getting older and the welfare state can no longer keep up. After two months talking to people in Britain about retirement, it’s clear that old age is an increasingly scary prospect. | The Guardian

Email vs. E-mail | Daily Writing Tips

The life-saving treatment that’s being thrown in the trash ~Diagnosed with leukaemia in his early 40s, Chris Lihosit was saved by umbilical cord blood from three babies. But why is cord blood banking still the exception rather than the norm? Bryn Nelson finds out. | Mosaic Science

The 50 Best Britpop Albums ~Blur, Suede, Elastica, Pulp, Oasis—here are the mis-shapes who made the scene great | Pitchfork

A Thousand Feet Per Second: OK Computer’s Sublime Velocity ~How the album manages to suspend time at the speed of sound. | Pitchfork

What Trump and Obama Have in Common | The New York Times

The Fundamental Dishonesty of the Gorsuch Hearings ~The confirmation process has shed little light on the philosophy of President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court or on what kind of justice he will be. | The Atlantic

After the smoke clears: inside Samsung’s quest for redemption ~The Galaxy S8 is Samsung’s most ambitious project yet | The Verge

Democrats burned by polling blind spot ~The party didn’t just lose among rural white voters, it may have missed them altogether. | Politico

They’re watching you ~University of Toronto professor and counterespionage hacker Ron Deibert has made plenty of enemies—including Canada’s own intelligence services | The Globe and Mail

The Strange Case of the Alien Passport | Roads and Kingdoms

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