Opinion – As Robots Grow Smarter, American Workers Struggle to Keep Up – NYTimes.com -John Gelmini

BigDog robots trot around in the shadow of an ...

BigDog robots trot around in the shadow of an MV-22 Osprey. BigDog is a dynamically stable quadruped robot created in 2005 by Boston Dynamics with Foster Miller, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the Harvard University Concord Field Station. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr Alf raises interesting points, as does Professor Larry Summers of Harvard, and Eric Schmidt of Google who thinks that 50% of American jobs will be lost within 20 years courtesey of robotics, cybernetics, self-replicating machines, 3D printers, AI and automation.

I think that the genie is out of the bottle and that we must embrace these technologies as ways to eliminate backbreaking manual labour,call centre jobs,the drudgery of housework,supermarket checkout work and controlled parking and many of the jobs in care homes.

People will have to up-skill and do things to make themselves economically self sufficient and we will have to find a fairer way to distribute wealth which will be problematic.

John Gelmini

Opinion – Russia’s shriveling economy becomes a global threat | The Japan Times – John Gelmini

Dr Alf is right a wounded ‘Russian’ bear is very dangerous.

We risk causing a financial vortex into which the rest of us could be drawn in and I cannot see Vladimir Putin sitting pat, while people like George Soros profits at his country’s expense. Faced with financial ruin in Putin’s position, I might unleash my two-million cyber warriors on all the bank accounts of currency speculators and drain them down to the last penny. I might do the same with regimes like Saudi Arabia, who finance ISIS and trouble on my southern borders.

We (in the West) have more money than Russia and higher living standards and are thus at greatest risk.

If the Russian people turn on Putin, we have no guarantee that his successor will be any easier to deal with than he is, and he has powerful friends in China who have their own interests to look after and may not see what we are doing as aligned with those interests.

The perception in Beijing must be that the West is making trouble for them over the “umbrella revolution” in Hong Kong and the colour revolution in the Ukraine.

The pro Ukrainian militias are clearly identifiable as Neo-Nazis by their SS tattoos emblazoned onto their shaven heads, so all our talk of international law will be seen as hypocrisy. The Ukraine is not part of NATO and we are not obliged to defend its sovereignty. It is bankrupt, corrupt and a source of trouble for the West, which has bigger problems to deal with, in the so called Islamic world, particularly those countries to whom we sell arms, who are now financing a Global Caliphate and our own destruction with our own money.

Already the Chinese are pouring scorn on the West about human rights now that the Senate Report on torture and “enhanced interrogation techniques” is in the public domain.

A wounded bear with a friendly vet with money and millions of cyber warriors is dangerous indeed, so our so called “elders and betters” need to think long and hard about the consequences of what they are doing

John Gelmini