Opinion – First unmanned factory takes shape in Dongguan City – People’s Daily Online – John Gelmini

English: Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of G...

English: Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google Inc., at the press conference about the e-G8 forum during the 37th G8 summit in Deauville, France. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This unmanned factory will be the first of many because Eric Schmidt of Google has already said in 2013 and again in 2014 that 50% of American jobs will disappear by 2033.

He also said that he wanted to put chips in people but that the “technology is not quite there yet”. By that he meant that expert systems and “Matrix style jump programmes” would create people with “augmented reality and skillsets”(cyborgs), thus eliminating the need to train surgeons, mathematicians, soldiers, engineers, policemen, doctors, teachers, lecturers, call centre agents, or even Doctors in Business Administration, like Dr Alf.

Google’s Chief Futurist and CTO, Ray Kurzeweil, believes that AI will have caught up and overtaken human intelligence by 2019 and he is a heavy investor in the Geron Corporation and life extension technologies, along with people like Peter Thiel, CEO of Paypal and Bilderberg steering committee member.

The Bilderberg approach to AI is to augment the skills of workers and people who are wanted and lengthen their lives whilst not bothering with the rest.

Governments should help the rest by using business boot-camps to launch the more practically-minded into small businesses and greater self sufficiency within co-operatives.

Making individual watches for film stars at £175,000 gbp each, creating individually crafted humidors for Arnold Schwarnegger’s cigars as one craftsman does in Gloucestershire are examples of things which can be done by craftsmen rather than robots.

One of my late uncles in Italy used to make intricately inlaid musical boxes and sell those so with a myriad of craft based skills all sorts of people could after schooling and 2 years of national service become self-employed. See Dr Alf’s latest posting on the self-employed.

Governments have to end the fiction that the only alternatives are university, the professions, work or the dole and that there will be enough jobs for everyone.

John Gelmini

Nikkei buys Financial Times in $1.3 billion deal | The Japan Times

This is the lead story today in the Japan Times. It’s a good read. Check it out!

via Nikkei buys Financial Times in $1.3 billion deal | The Japan Times.

Personally, I’m not sure about editorial freedom as I highlight in my reblog of the Guardian’s view of this story.

If you’ve ever lived through a takeover, when two powerful groups face each other, it’s always the new owner’s power which prevails.

We’ve seen an editorial shakeup at the Telegraph and I wonder how long the FT will retain the editorial freedom of the Pearson years?