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Daily Digest 3/1 - Algorithmic Wilderness, Cash For All?

Thursday, March 1, 2018, 11:11 AM

Economy

CEOs Choose Sides on Gun Control at Their Own Risk (sign-in required, TS)

In the two weeks since a gunman killed 17 people at a Parkland, Fla., high school, many companies have taken a stand on gun control, prompted partly by a movement with the online rallying cry #NRABoycott.

CHART: How Have Your Members Of Congress Voted On Gun Bills? (tmn)

While the president and members of Congress consider how to respond to the Florida shooting, the tool below allows you to see how your state's representatives and senators have voted on major gun legislation over the past two-and-a-half decades.

Cash for all: Support mounts for universal basic income programs (thc0655)

These examples are an opportunity to debunk many of the myths about a universal basic income, said Guy Standing, co-founder of the Basic Income Earth Network. He recently spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on the subject.

"The claim is often made that if you give people a basic income, they'll become lazy and stop doing work," Standing said. "It's an insult to the human condition. Basic incomes tend to increase people's work rather than reduce it."

Children struggle to hold pencils due to too much tech, doctors say (Suzie G.)

His mother, Laura, blames herself: “In retrospect, I see that I gave Patrick technology to play with, to the virtual exclusion of the more traditional toys. When he got to school, they contacted me with their concerns: he was gripping his pencil like cavemen held sticks. He just couldn’t hold it in any other way and so couldn’t learn to write because he couldn’t move the pencil with any accuracy.

Bitcoin Can’t Exist Without Silver - Mike Maloney & David Morgan (Diane C.)

As well as being true honest money, silver is an irreplaceable industrial metal that is used throughout the entire chain that all cryptocurrencies and blockchain projects need to operate. Mining rigs: Silver. Computers: Silver. Servers: Silver. Solar: Silver. Routers: Silver. Cellphones: Silver. Electrical grid: Silver. The entire infrastructure of Distributed Ledger Technology relies on silver. That simple. Not such a crazy bet, huh?

Oil Market Fears: War, Default And Nuclear Weapons (Michael S.)

In this case, Iraq stands out. Verisk Maplecroft says that Iraq “has a business-friendly upstream environment” and the forecast is for stability to improve. However, even if it seems somewhat reasonable that things could trend in the right direction, the downside risk is massive. And there are is no shortage of potential catalysts: The report points to elections in May, plus the “deep ethno-sectarian divisions and weak institutions.”

Algorithmic wilderness (blackeagle)

Yet the tech community has always had its hippies and its environmentalists. What if technologies were to become part of the natural world, woven more closely into its rhythms and processes? You might have heard of smart cities; now we have the conceptual seeds of smart countryside, forests and wetlands too. Picture green landscapes populated by an army of self-guided bots, responding to the shifting needs of the environment in which they’re embedded, and evolving alongside it, too. After all, the most recent wave of innovation has been driven by ‘machine learning’ or ‘deep learning’ – self-teaching algorithms that get better and better at detecting and predicting patterns in data, a computer-science version of an adaptive process.

Sighing, Resigned Climate Scientists Say To Just Enjoy Next 20 Years As Much As You Can (humor, Adam)

Attending a conference to discuss alarming new data on rising sea levels, a weary group of top climatologists suddenly halted their presentation Friday, let out a long sigh, and stated that the best thing anyone can do at this point is just try to enjoy the next couple decades as much as possible. “You know what, guys? Just go out there and have a good time—don’t worry about any of this,” said climate scientist Annalisa Feldt who tore in half the report she had compiled and suggested everyone consider traveling to a place they’ve never been before, or taking up a pastime they’ve always imagined might be fun.

Gold & Silver

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