“It is financially insane to buy anything other than a Tesla.”

Tesla to roll out robot-taxis by 2020


Wed, Apr 24th, 2019 09:32 by capnasty NEWS

Elon Musk, wno noted that a human-to-computer interface is "coming soon," has also announced that by the year 2020 Tesla will have fully functioning robot taxis competing with the likes of Uber and Lyft. If the video above is any indication, the claims sound credible.

For Tesla owners, there's significant money to be made as well, Musk said. A single robo-taxi could provide about $30,000 worth of profits per year and more than a couple hundred thousand dollars over the lifespan of the vehicle, he said.

"The fundamental message that consumers should be taking today is that it is financially insane to buy anything other than a Tesla," Musk said. "It will be like owning a horse in three years. I mean, fine if you want to own a horse. But you should…


“The idea of the self-empowered Uber driver or Airbnb host is a rarity if not an outright myth.”

The gig economy is creating the kind of horrible job conditions last faced by our great-grandparents


Tue, Apr 23rd, 2019 10:54 by capnasty NEWS

In The Outline, Pete Tosiello interviews Dr. Alexandrea Ravenelle, author of “Hustle and Gig: Struggling and Surviving in the Sharing Economy”, in which she argues that unlike Silicon Valley's glossy rethoric, the gig economy exploits workers and puts them in unsafe conditions.

In misclassifying workers as independent contractors rather than employees, Ravenelle writes, sharing economy platforms rob workers of bargaining power and force them into dangerous, even criminal, circumstances. Per Hustle and Gig, the casualization of labor makes for a regression to pre-New Deal workplace predation, with laborers treated as expendable and replaceable. In an interview with The Outline, Ravenelle spoke about the implications of her research, why the sharing economy remains poorly regulated, and the enduring stigma of gig work.


“The deadlines aren't the problem. It's our failure to heed them.”

Global warming deadlines approaching fast, nothing done yet


Mon, Apr 22nd, 2019 10:43 by capnasty NEWS

On CNN, John D. Sutter notes that albeit there are protests, movements, electric cars, and solar panels, we are still losing our battle against climate change due to inaction.

I mean, yes, I've met Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teen who is "schooling world leaders" on climate policy and who started a global school walkout movement. I've read the Green New Deal and seen the videos of young people demanding that US reps adopt it. Just this month, protesters in London shut down parts of the city in their calls for a reckoning. It's true that clean energy sources keep getting cheaper. Electric cars are more popular than ever.

But the scale of the outrage in no way matches the magnitude of this disaster, which, like WWII, threatens to cripple or even obliterate human life on…


“A mass of meat, ready for human consumption, with no brain or wings or feet.”

Real meat without real animals


Sat, Apr 20th, 2019 08:46 by capnasty NEWS

In The Atlantic Olga Khazan looks at the end of farmed meat with the growth of lab-grown meat— or as startups prefer calling, clean meat. The idea is to provide real meat without the meat ever having been attached to a live animal.

I am the ideal customer for this, because I enjoy meat-like flavors but don’t appreciate the more carnal elements of meat. I’m sure the Wrangler-clad Texan Council will revoke my Texanship for saying this, but I have never had a rare steak. I’ve never eaten something and thought, I wish this would make more of a murdery mess on my plate. And yet, I have no interest in passing up barbecue or Tex-Mex when I visit home or in telling my first-generation immigrant parents that I no longer eat meat. I would like…


“To be a creator, not only a consumer.”

Automation in Estonia


Fri, Apr 19th, 2019 11:30 by capnasty NEWS

Fascinating clip from VICE's The Future of Work which looks at how Estonia leveraged the power of both government and private sector to build a country of the 21st century.

"In the rest of the developed world, people rely on digitized services in the private sector. In Estonia, this is also true for the government."


“Impossible Aerospace founder and CEO Spencer Gore hopes to make self-flying electric planes.”

Impossible Aerospace


Thu, Apr 18th, 2019 10:59 by capnasty NEWS

CNBC has this video showing the work being done by Impossible Aerospace in order to develop self-flying electric planes in order to make jet fuel obsolete.

Before he caught the start-up bug, Gore worked as an intern at two Elon Musk-led companies, SpaceX and Tesla. He was offered an internship at the electric vehicle maker in 2014, and and later became a full-time battery engineer there. He accepted the internship even though he was still working on an engineering degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.


“We are undergoing the greatest economic transformation in our history, and we are dealing with it by pretending nothing is happening.”

The wave of automation is coming


Wed, Apr 17th, 2019 11:32 by capnasty NEWS

On CNN Andrew Yang warns that we are about to witness the greatest economic transofrmation of our history not because of immigrants taking jobs but because of the on going displacement caused by the growing use of automation.

If you doubt that this is already happening, consider that America's labor participation rate (the ratio of people who are working compared to the total population aged 16 and over) today has fallen to 63%, about the same level as Ecuador and Costa Rica. In the US, almost one out of five prime, working age men have not worked in the past year, and our life expectancy has declined for the past three years, in part due to surges in drug overdoses and suicides. This is before a projected 33% of American malls and retail stores…


“No one is coming to save us.”

A call to action


Tue, Apr 16th, 2019 11:18 by capnasty NEWS

On The Guardian George Monbiot points out that nobody is coming to save us from the ecological apocalypse headed our way and the only thing we can do is to engage in a mass civil disobedience to make the political class act.

The commonest current excuse is this: “I bet those protesters have phones/go on holiday/wear leather shoes.” In other words, we won’t listen to anyone who is not living naked in a barrel, subsisting only on murky water. Of course, if you are living naked in a barrel we will dismiss you too, because you’re a hippie weirdo. Every messenger, and every message they bear, is disqualified on the grounds of either impurity or purity.


“An ingenious con to squeeze everyone for more money through recurring subscription fees from multiple streaming services.”

There are too many streaming services


Mon, Apr 15th, 2019 10:10 by capnasty NEWS

On Mashable Raymond Wong argues that with the arrival of Disney+ we have reached streaming services peak making the whole point of cord cutting and saving money completely pointless.

The biggest issue I have with our new cord-cutting lifestyle is that the dream of paying less than cable seems to be over. The only difference now is that instead of paying one company for content, we're paying several different ones.

Because each service offers its own selection of content, many of which are exclusive, it's not a matter of, say, subscribing to Netflix or Hulu or Disney+. Increasingly, it's becoming Netflix and Hulu and Disney+, etc.

I want one streaming service that offers TV shows, movies, and live TV in one bundle for a single attractive monthly fee — nice and simple.


“Give the robots a sense of touch.”



Fri, Apr 12th, 2019 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

engadget brings to attention the RoCycle, a garbage sorting robot capable of recognising items by touch.

Its researchers have developed a recycling robot, RoCycle, that uses sensors in its hand to determine the nature of an item and sort it accordingly. A strain sensor gauges an object's size, while two pressure sensors determine how squishy that object may be, whether it's easily-crushed paper or more rigid plastic. It can even detect the presence of metal, since the sensors are conductive.

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