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Taxi Drivers’ Last Stand: “Are You Not Talking to Me?”

Written by Gary North on December 24, 2014

In Europe and now in South Korea, taxi drivers have pressured their governments to make Uber illegal. Uber supplies taxis ordered by cell phone to people who want a ride. It’s illegal, city governments say. The drivers are not licensed as taxi drivers. Taxi drivers want guaranteed jobs and above-market wages. So, they get the […]

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Back-Lit E-Readers Are Bad for Our Sleep

Posted on December 23, 2014

If you curl up under the duvet with an e-book for a bedtime read then you are damaging your sleep and maybe your health, US doctors have warned. A team from Harvard Medical School compared reading paper books and light-emitting e-readers before sleep. They found it took longer to nod off with a back-lit e-reader, […]

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KleptoBots “Steal” the Best Online Deals

Posted on December 19, 2014

Everyone knows the story of how the world wide web made the internet accessible for everyone, but a lesser known story of the internet’s evolution is how automated code—aka bots—came to quietly take it over. Today, bots account for 56 percent of all website visits, says Marc Gaffan, CEO of Incapsula, a company that sells […]

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Skype vs. Babel

Written by Gary North on December 18, 2014

Once upon a time, the world wanted to build a tower reaching to heaven. Close, but no cigar. Now there is this in beta.  It will be here within a year. Free. How will governments control this? It’s encrypted. Think 20 years into the future. Or 40. Illegal aliens? They will not be illegal. But […]

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“Dr. Gort Will See You Now.”

Posted on December 16, 2014

. . . look at the future of the general practitioner of medicine. This is considered the epitome of the high-skilled, secure, remunerative job. Four years of college! Four years of medical school! Internship! Residency! Government-protected cartel membership! And yet, this profession is going the way of the dodo bird. To understand why, the first […]

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Video: Baxter, A Robot Who Will Not Join a Union

Written by Gary North on November 24, 2014

How will trade union organizers deal with Baxter?  Unsuccessfully. How will low-skilled workers compete? By becoming more skilled. How will lower prices, fewer defects, and faster production times hurt consumers? Not a bit. Or byte. This is coming. Get used to it. Adjust to it.

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Huge Encryption Breakthrough. NSA & FBI Apoplectic.

Posted on November 19, 2014

Good news for people who love privacy and security! Bad news for black-hat hackers and government surveillance agencies. WhatsApp, the wildly popular messaging app, has partnered with the crypto gurus at Open WhisperSystems to implement strong end-to-end encryption on all WhatsApp text messages. . . . WhatsApp, of course, has hundreds of millions of daily […]

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Lantern + Khan Academy = Free Education Everywhere

Written by Gary North on November 19, 2014

Consider this video of the proposed Lantern technology. It is an online Web connection for free. It is aimed at the Third World. Add to this the Khan Academy, which is free. For those who speak English, this is the wave of the future. It will be here next year. When there is automatic translation […]

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Robot Journalists Never Sleep

Written by Gary North on September 29, 2014

This is an interesting development. At dawn on 17 March the inhabitants of Los Angeles were woken by a mild tremor. Less than three minutes later the Los Angeles Times website published an initial piece on the subject, at first sight a wire drafted in haste by a press agency: “A shallow magnitude 4.7 earthquake […]

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