Most life on Earth will be killed by lack of oxygen in a billion years

Found on New Scientist on Friday, 19 March 2021
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One billion years from now, Earth’s atmosphere will contain very little oxygen, making it uninhabitable for complex aerobic life.

The researchers say that Earth’s atmosphere will maintain high levels of oxygen for the next billion years before dramatically returning to low levels reminiscent of those that existed prior to what is known as the Great Oxidation Event of about 2.4 billion years ago.

That problem is better tackled when we're getting there.

Should We Plan For a Future With Fewer Cars?

Found on Slashdot on Monday, 13 July 2020
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Automobiles are not just dangerous and bad for the environment; they are also profoundly wasteful of the land around us, taking up way too much physical space to transport too few people... And cars take up space even while they're not in use. They need to be parked, which consumes yet more space on the sides of streets or in garages.

Given these threats, how can American cities continue to justify wasting such enormous tracts of land on death machines?

As soon as you leave the center of the big city, this "we don't need cars" theory dies. If you want to live in a tiny appartment, feel free to; but don't tell others how to live their lifes. Plus, if it is parked on private property, you have no reason to complain at all.

Robots to take 20 mn jobs, worsening inequality: study

Found on France 24 on Wednesday, 26 June 2019
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The forecast set to be released Wednesday highlights growing concerns that automation and robots, while offering economic benefits, are disproportionately killing low-skill jobs and aggravating social and economic stress.

The research comes amid intense debate on the rise of technologies such as self-driving cars and trucks, robotic food preparation and automated factory and warehouse operations and their impact on employment.

In the end the gap between people who can afford things and those who can no will widen until everything falls apart. Despite what economists and politicians promise: you cannot train every low-skill worker for a high-skill job.

Sea Levels Are Rising. Time to Build ... Floating Cities?

Found on Wired on Saturday, 06 April 2019
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By the middle of the next century, many of the world’s major cities will be flooded, and in some cases, entire island nations will be underwater.

On Wednesday, the United Nations Human Settlements Program, or UN Habitat, convened its first roundtable to discuss the possibility of floating cities as a solution to this problem.

It’s about trying to create floating cities that meet the needs of the people whose coastlines are at risk of getting swallowed up.

That's a pretty old idea and everybody can read about how things will most likely be in the end. That aside, it would make more sense to finally start taking climate change seriously, instead of coming up with so-called "solutions" which, in the end, would only reduce the pressure on nations; but without serious changes, the weather extremes will only get worse. Not to mention that, from a financial point of view, building and maintaining floating cities won't be any cheaper than fixing the climate.

Automation could replace 1.5 million jobs, says ONS

Found on BBC News on Tuesday, 26 March 2019
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It says 70% of the roles at high risk of automation are currently held by women. Part-timers and the young are the next most at risk.

The three occupations with the highest probability of automation are waiters and waitresses, shelf fillers and elementary sales occupations, all of which are low-skilled or routine.

Unless those who get fired receive a monthly payment, things will get really ugly. Unlike what politicians keep on saying, you simply cannot re-educate everybody to do a new job; and if such a politician still keeps on insisting it is possible, let them have a re-education for a job that is actually useful and watch them fail.

Android Founder on VR, Voice & the Future of Human-Machine Collaboration

Found on Xconomy on Saturday, 14 October 2017
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Within 20 years, computer keyboards will be relegated to the technology dustbin, says Android co-founder Rich Miner.

Miner and others believe that the way humans communicate with machines is undergoing a fundamental change. The keyboard—which dates back to the 1800s—will be phased out over the next couple of decades, except for some “legacy applications,” Miner argues. Touchscreens have already kicked off this shift.

Miner will phase out long before keyboards. Touchscreens are not a decent replacement for anybody who uses a computer in a serious way. Not much of a surprise that the Android founder has no understanding of that. The keyboard is a tactile interface, and that's what makes it so successful; no touchscreen can beat that. Don't even think about brain-interfaces; at least not until viruses and malware are 100% under control (and even then you still have the three letter agencies).

Could Star Trek medical device become a reality?

Found on BBC News on Tuesday, 11 April 2017
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Two teams - one from the US and the other from Taiwan are competing to win the $10m (£8m) X-Prize to develop such a device. Clinical trials have already begun.

Take a look at an old cellphone. Now go back a few decades, or centuries. Nobody back then would have imagined that such a device could exist.

Netflix CEO Hastings: In Twenty, Fifty Years, ‘We May Be Entertaining A.I.’

Found on Barron's on Monday, 27 February 2017
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“I just can’t emphasize enough how much it’s just beginning,” he repeated. But, pressed Stock, what about ten years out or twenty years out? Hastings said at that point there will be “some serious virtual reality” to contend with.

“Over twenty to fifty years, you get into some serious debate over humans,” mused Hastings. “I don’t know if you can really talk about entertaining at that point. I’m not sure if in twenty to fifty years we are going to be entertaining you, or entertaining A.I.s.”

We all remember what happened with the ants that were entertaining us when we were little kids.

Volkswagen bets big on electric cars

Found on USA Today on Thursday, 16 June 2016
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Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller on Thursday articulated a new vision for the automaker through 2025, describing electric cars, ride-hailing services and cost-cutting as critical to the company's future.

"We believe in the future of this technology, its rapid spread and its revolutionary potential," Mueller said.

It just needs a littel Dieselgate, and one of the biggest car manufacturers changes its position.

Cybersecurity and recalls will mean over-the-air updates for 203M cars by 2022

Found on Computerworld on Thursday, 17 March 2016
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By 2022, there will be 203 million vehicles on the road that can receive software over-the-air (SOTA) upgrades; among those vehicles, at least 22 million will also be able to get firmware upgrades, according to a new report by ABI Research.

As the level of vehicle autonomy grows, cybersecurity will become increasingly critical. ABI Research anticipates the automotive industry will begin to see more mergers and acquisitions over the next two years as carmakers emphasize the value of software management solutions.

If the security will be taken as serious as in the current Internet, and even more so in the IoT world, then the safest car will be an oltimer.