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Prepare Now: Artificial Intelligence To Take Jobs Defeat Human Intelligence

Prepare Now: Artificial Intelligence To Take Jobs Defeat Human Intelligence
Above Photo: Image Credit: Katja Grace/University of Oxford A recent report on the predictions of AI experts on when AI would surpass human intelligence provide a range of answers. However, there is no doubt that the time to prepare for the ascendancy of AI is now. TIMELINE FOR AI’S ASCENDANCE Researcher Katja Grace at the University of Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute and a team surveyed 1,634 of the leading artificial ... Read more

Coal To Solar Switch Could Save 52,000 US Lives Per Year

Coal To Solar Switch Could Save 52,000 US Lives Per Year
Above Photo: Oxfam International/flickr  So about those coal jobs: Turns out replacing coal with solar could keep a lot more people alive. Swapping out coal energy for solar would prevent 52,000 premature deaths in the United States every year, according to a new analysis from Michigan Technological University. Amid all the talk from the Trump Administration that regulations targeting coal are hurting people, this shows “many more lives are ... Read more

How Minnesota Doubled Its Solar Capacity

How Minnesota Doubled Its Solar Capacity
Above Photo: TIM CHAPMAN MIAMI HERALD STAFF The state’s cities and counties embarked on a rare kind of collaboration. Americans love solar. Almost 9 in 10 adults favor expanding it, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center. But not everyone can put panels on their homes. For one thing, the upfront cost of solar can be prohibitive. For another, some people don’t have the space, or their rooftops may be too shady or may face the wrong ... Read more

France Declares All New Rooftops Must Be Topped With Plants Or Solar Panels

France Declares All New Rooftops Must Be Topped With Plants Or Solar Panels
Above Photo: From csglobe.com A new law recently passed in France mandates that all new buildings that are built in commercial zones in France must be partially covered in either plants or solar panels. Green roofs, as they are called, have an isolating effect which helps to reduce the amount of energy needed to heat a building during the winter or cool it in the summer. They are capable of retaining rainwater and reducing problems with ... Read more

Impact Investing And Employee Ownership

Impact Investing And Employee Ownership
With income inequality in the United States at record high levels, employee ownership is increasingly being lauded as a potential solution to spreading wealth more broadly. Most recently, research from the National Center for Employee Ownership released in May shows that employee owners have a household net worth that is 92 percent higher than non-employee owners. They also make 33 percent higher wages, and are far less likely to be laid ... Read more

Shell Will Test Energy-Generating Kites This Summer

Shell Will Test Energy-Generating Kites This Summer
Above Photo: Kite Power Systems (KPS). Source: KPS Power from kite would work more often than wind turbines Start-up received funding from Shell, Schlumberger, EON Power-generating kites backed by Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Schlumberger Ltd. and EON SE will start tests in the U.K. this summer, with the aim of developing a technology that could eventually replace offshore wind turbines. Kite Power Systems, known as KPS, is working on a 17-meter ... Read more

Reflections On A Visit To Cuba’s Urban Cooperatives

Reflections On A Visit To Cuba’s Urban Cooperatives
Above Photo: From geo.coop Note : Include a “New Economy” TAG — that will ensure the article also goes on the ItsOurEconomy.US page as well as its Facebook page. Let me start by summarizing why I wanted to go to Cuba now. My learning objectives were the following: It seemed important to me to visit Cuba before it is overrun with American tourists and global businesses entering its economy. I wanted to understand the impact of years of the ... Read more

U.S. Renewable Energy Jobs Employ 800,000+ People And Rising: In Charts

U.S. Renewable Energy Jobs Employ 800,000+ People And Rising: In Charts
Above Photo: China leads the world in renewable energy jobs. In the U.S., solar and wind industry employment has skyrocketed in recent years, but now the Trump administration is trying to stop it. Credit: Kevin Grayer/Getty Note: Some of the renewable energy sources included in this article are controversial. For example, biomass which often involved growing plants for energy puts energy production in competition with food production at a ... Read more