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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

A Class-Only Approach Will Fail Women Of Color

A Class-Only Approach Will Fail Women Of Color
Above Photo: From rooseveltinstitute.org Last week President Trump released a budget that would gut public programs that lift up millions of American women and families. Contrary to its title, “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” the budget is a roadmap to a place where women and their families would be less safe, less healthy, and less economically secure. As we argue in a new report published by the Roosevelt Institute and the Ms. ... Read more

Almost Half Of Americans Die Nearly Broke

Almost Half Of Americans Die Nearly Broke
Above Photo: Popular Resistance, Revolution, Rebellion, Capitalism Americans aren’t known for being great savers. In a recent GoBankingRates study, 69% of adults admitted to having less than $1,000 in the bank, while 34% said they actually don’t have any savings at all. But apparently, this collective lack of savings doesn’t get all that much better with age. A study by the National Bureau of Economic Research found not so long ago that ... Read more

Nationwide Basic Income’s Effect After Six Years

Nationwide Basic Income’s Effect After Six Years
Above Photo: From theoutline.com The results surprised skeptics. In recent years, spurred by advances in workplace automation, researchers and industry titans like Elon Musk have espoused the necessity of a universal basic income, payments made by the government to all citizens regardless of their employment. The general idea started picking up steam from a policy perspective in the 60s, when Milton Friedman proposed a negative income tax ... 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

Whole Foods Represents The Failures Of ‘Conscious Capitalism’

Whole Foods Represents The Failures Of ‘Conscious Capitalism’
Above Photo:  People exit a Whole Foods Market in New York. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters It’s hard to think of a better poster child for “conscious capitalism” than Whole Foods Market, the high-end grocery store that made a name for itself selling organic produce in feel-good, mood-lit stores. These days, the chain is floundering and a potential buyout is on the horizon. What does that say about the conscious capitalism it ... 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

We’re Winning In The Fight Against Corporate Courts And Toxic Trade Deals

We’re Winning In The Fight Against Corporate Courts And Toxic Trade Deals
Above Photo: From waronwant.org In recent weeks two EU court rulings and a decision taken by Ecuador to scrap its investment treaties have dealt a heavy blow to secretly negotiated, corporate trade deals. The events have proved a major boost to social movements resisting these toxic deals in the UK and around the world, as part of a wider fight for trade justice and democracy. Growing opposition to ‘corporate courts’ The decisions have ... Read more