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The Vast Majority of All Futures Trading Is Now Automated

Who’s up for a friendly neighborhood reminder that the global marketplace is underpinned by automated, high-frequency trading to a nearly incomprehensible degree? Good, then—a new report highlights the still-growing dominance of automation in futures markets: For starters, over two-thirds of livestock futures trading…Read more...
Tags: Automaton, Automation, Economy


The Mueller Report Reminds Us How Cheap Automation Fueled the Russia Mess

Like everyone else in journalism or the journalism-adjacent world, or anyone who owns a television or internet-connected device, or pretty much anyone who lacked the foresight to drive into the desert yesterday, I found myself powerless but to stare into the semi-redacted collapsing star that is the Mueller Report.…Read more...
Tags: Science, Russia, Automation, Donald Trump, Automaton


One of the Amazon Workers Behind the Push to Get Jeff Bezos to Address Climate Change Speaks Out

Rebecca Sheppard is a 28-year-old senior product manager at Amazon. She’s been working for the Seattle tech giant for two and a half years. It’s a good job, in a field she likes. But this month, along with a couple dozen other employees, she has risked that stability to help to launch what the New York Times has…Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Artificial Intelligence, Fossil Fuels, Automation, New York Times, Jeff Bezos, Seattle, Automaton, Amazon She, Amazon Workers, Rebecca Sheppard


An Amazon Organizer Explains Why Workers Are Demanding the Company Get Serious About Climate Change

Rebecca Sheppard is a 28-year-old senior product manager at Amazon. She’s been working for the Seattle tech giant for two and a half years. It’s a good job, in a field she likes. But this month, along with a couple dozen other employees, she has risked that stability to help to launch what the New York Times has…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Climate Change, Artificial Intelligence, Fossil Fuels, Automation, New York Times, Seattle, Automaton, Amazon She, Rebecca Sheppard


6,000 Amazon Employees, Including a VP and Directors, Are Now Calling on Jeff Bezos to Stop Automating Oil Extraction

On Monday, a group of Amazon employees began circulating an open letter that calls on CEO Jeff Bezos and the board of directors to adopt a companywide plan to address climate change. By Wednesday, over 3,500 Amazoners had signed on. By Friday, that number had surpassed 6,000—meaning a number equivalent to about 1/10th…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Climate Change, Artificial Intelligence, Fossil Fuels, Jeff Bezos, Automaton, Amazoners


6,000 Amazon Employees, Including a VP and Directors, Now Call on Jeff Bezos to Stop Automating Oil Extraction

On Monday, a group of Amazon employees began circulating an open letter that calls on CEO Jeff Bezos and the board of directors to adopt a companywide plan to address climate change. By Wednesday, over 3,500 Amazoners had signed on. By Friday, that number had surpassed 6,000—meaning a number equivalent to about 1/10th…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Climate Change, Artificial Intelligence, Fossil Fuels, Jeff Bezos, Automaton, Amazoners


Amazon Is Aggressively Pursuing Big Oil as It Stalls Out on Clean Energy

In 2014, Amazon announced that it would power its rapidly expanding fleet of data centers with 100 percent renewable energy. Apple, Facebook, and Google made similar pledges two years before that, and pressure from consumers and environmental groups drove Amazon to follow suit. For the next two years, the tech giant…Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Science, Climate Change, Fossil Fuels, Clean Energy, Automaton, Apple Facebook


How Automation Turns Us Into Trump Voters

In the olden days, when machines were brought in to replace human workers, the workers revolted—the Luddites famously rose up to smash the automated looms that had been deployed by factory owners and were erasing their livelihoods. In modern times, when machines are brought in to replace human workers, the workers…Read more...
Tags: Politics, Science, Labor, Automation, Donald Trump, Automaton


With 1.5 Million UK Workers Slated to Lose Their Jobs to Automation, Calls for a Shorter Work Week Intensify

On Monday, the UK’s Office of Data and Statistics released a report that found 1.5 million of that nation’s workers are at “high risk” of losing their jobs to automation. “In 2017, out of the 19.9 million jobs analysed in England, 7.4% people were employed in jobs at high risk of automation,” the report notes. Women…Read more...
Tags: UK, England, Science, Labor, Automaton, Office of Data and Statistics


Transit Unions Are Drawing Up a Plan to Confront Autonomous Vehicles

As institutional embrace of automation continues to create a mounting threat to existing jobs, unions are formally taking note. Last year, the largest Las Vegas service workers union organized a strike partly over casinos’ plans to embrace automated systems, and the union won language in the resulting contract that…Read more...
Tags: Science, Labor, Automation, Las Vegas, Automaton


Aviation Experts Have Predicted Automation Will Lead to Disasters Like the Boeing Max Crashes for 15 Years

The two tragic crashes of Boeing’s best-selling 737 Max planes increasingly look to be caused in part by a malfunctioning automated system—and the pilots’ lack of training around how to deal with it—that was designed to keep the aircraft from stalling out. The final reports aren’t in yet, but the similarities between…Read more...
Tags: Science, Boeing, Automaton, Boeing 737 MAX 8


You Can Help Train AI to Pinpoint NYC's Noisiest Neighborhoods in an Effort to Shut Them Up

New York City is very loud, as you might infer from a place whose principal mythology insists it never sleeps. Or you might know firsthand from having lived there and somehow never managed to stray more than three blocks from a clanging jackhammer or an incessant car alarm. It’s so loud that in 2014, a city…Read more...
Tags: Science, New York City, Automaton


Why Self-Checkout Is and Has Always Been the Worst

Automation is often presented as an inexorably advancing force, whether it’s ushering in a threat to jobs or a promise of increased leisure or larger profits. We’re made to imagine the robots rising, increasingly mechanized systems of production, more streamlined modes of everyday living. But the truth is that…Read more...
Tags: Science, Labor, Automaton, Shitty Automation


Automation Is Coming for the Oil Jobs, Too

When pundits, politicians, or advocates have talked about the need to reduce fossil fuel production to combat climate change, one of the most common rejoinders has been to appeal to that most central of American concerns—it creates a lot of jobs. Oil industry backers are often touting the notion that it creates lots…Read more...
Tags: Science, Labor, Climate Change, Automation, Automaton


How Google, Microsoft, and Big Tech Are Automating the Climate Crisis

In a deal that made few ripples outside the energy industry, two very large but relatively obscure companies, Rockwell Automation and Schlumberger Limited, announced a joint venture called Sensia. The new company will “sell equipment and services to advance digital technology and automation in the oilfield,” according…Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Science, Microsoft, Climate Change, Automaton, Google Microsoft, Rockwell Automation, Schlumberger Limited


Will Tech Workers Rise Up Around Automation, Too?

Over the last year or two, it’s sure felt like a seismic shift’s been underfoot in the way tech employees think about labor conditions and work—or, at least, in the way the media portrays them doing so. Maybe it’s a bit of both. Regardless, a number of stories have documented both an ascendent drive for representation…Read more...
Tags: Science, Labor, Automation, Automaton


Someone Needs to Tell Trump About Automation

The first substantive claim President Donald Trump made in his second State of the Union address concerned what is perhaps his favorite non-Wallean topic: blue-collar jobs. If there are two professions that Trump has awkwardly and effusively embraced during his tenure as president, it’s coal and manufacturing—you…Read more...
Tags: Science, Labor, Donald Trump, Automaton, Trump


The Case for an Automation-Powered 4-Day Work Week

If the robots are indeed taking our jobs, shouldn’t we all probably be working less? A movement is picking up momentum in the United Kingdom based on that very reasonable logic. On Thursday, a proposal backed by eminent British progressives like John McDonnell, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor (the party’s chief economic…Read more...
Tags: Science, Labor, United Kingdom, Automation, John, Automaton, McDonnell Labour


This Automation Platform Helped Eliminate 40,000 Jobs, and Now It's Available to Companies Everywhere

Over the last five years, the global management consulting company Accenture has developed proprietary automation software called the SynOps platform that it says has helped it cut 40,000 jobs within the company.Read more...
Tags: Science, Labor, Automation, Accenture, Automaton


Automation Software That Helped Consulting Firm Cut 40,000 Jobs Is Reportedly Now for Sale

Over the last five years, the global management consulting company Accenture has developed proprietary automation software called the SynOps platform that it says has helped it cut 40,000 jobs within the company.Read more...
Tags: Science, Labor, Automation, Accenture, Automaton


The 8 Signs That Machine Learning Will Automate Some or All of Your Job

When we talk about how artificial threatens to impact jobs, we’re usually talking about how machine learning threatens to impact jobs. As the ‘hottest’ subfield of AI going, i.e. the one receiving the lion’s share of the research dollars and commercial investment, it’s pretty crucial to understand how, specifically,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Labor, Automaton


Merger Is a Hellish Articulation of Our Increasingly Accelerated and Incomprehensibly Automated Working Lives

In the world of Merger, the worker sits alone in front of a screen or eight, surrounded by a sea of constantly compounding data, anxiously trying to handle tasks as they rapidly pile up, and attempting to make sense of the nearly incomprehensible world it all somehow fits into. It’s a film apparently set in the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Automation, Automaton


The Shutdown Reveals Just How Automated Our Government Already Is

If you call the White House right now, thanks to the government shutdown, you’ll be treated to an automated message: “We apologize but due to the lapse in federal funding, we are unable to take your call. Once funding has been restored, our operations will resume.” The switchboard operators, like so many federal…Read more...
Tags: Science, Labor, White House, Automaton


So You Automated Your Coworkers Out of a Job

During his first day on the job at a small 3D-modelling company, Griffith noticed that his new colleagues’ workstations were hopelessly out of date. So he took the initiative to suggest some automation upgrades to the higher-ups, who concurred. Two years later, 20 employees—some of them good friends—were out of work.Read more...
Tags: Science, Labor, Automaton, Griffith


Google's Nod to a Universal Translator Was a Smart First Move in a Bid for AI Dominance This Year

Last year was a rough one on AI’s public profile, and rightfully so. Major programs powered by machine learning, like Amazon’s recruiting software, were revealed to be biased against women. Others were dangerously ill-conceived, like Predictim’s babysitter-vetting algorithm. Even some of the biggest tech companies…Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Science, Automaton, CES 2019, Predictim


Google Kicked Off Its Bid to Dominate AI This Year by Moving Towards a Universal Translator

Last year was a rough one on AI’s public profile, and rightfully so. Major programs powered by machine learning, like Amazon’s recruiting software, were revealed to be biased against women. Others were dangerously ill-conceived, like Predictim’s babysitter-vetting algorithm. Even some of the biggest tech companies…Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Science, Automaton, CES 2019, Predictim


Google Is Clearing the Air of Foul AI With Its Stab at a Universal Language Translator

Last year was a rough one on AI’s public profile, and rightfully so. Major programs powered by machine learning, like Amazon’s recruiting software, were revealed to be biased against women. Others were dangerously ill-conceived, like Predictim’s babysitter-vetting algorithm. Even some of the biggest tech companies…Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Science, Automaton, CES 2019, Predictim


The World Bank Says Robots Aren't Killing Jobs Yet. Don’t Listen To It.

The World Bank has released its annual World Development Report, and the headline news this go round, as relayed by Bloomberg and others, is basically that “Robots Aren’t Killing Jobs.” Which, good news, if true.Read more...
Tags: Science, Labor, Bloomberg, Automation, Robots, World Bank, Automaton, World Bank Says Robots Aren


The Biggest Sign Yet That Automation Is Taking Over at Amazon

The day after Christmas, Amazon celebrated its own annual holiday tradition: announcing record-breaking sales in a very long press release that affirms its status as the largest retailer in the known universe. As such, Jeff Bezos’s Big Store said that in 2018, it surpassed its own sales records with “More Items…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Artificial Intelligence, Automation, Jeff Bezos, Automaton, Christmas Amazon, Big Store


The 'Godfather of Deep Learning' on Why We Need to Ensure AI Doesn't Just Benefit the Rich

Martin Ford made waves with his 2015 book, Rise of the Robots, which details the many accelerating trends in automation and how they’re slated to impact business and, especially, employment. For his next book, Architects of Intelligence: The Truth About AI from the People Building It, he, well, attempts to hone in on…Read more...
Tags: Science, Labor, Automaton, Martin Ford