The fast rise and fall of two industries show the coming singularity. Let’s prepare now.

Singularity

Summary: A new industrial revolution has begun. Here are two small examples to illustrate what it will be like. Extrapolate these a thousand fold. Then do so again. That's what will happen in the next 70 years. Let's start to prepare now. "One conversation centered on the ever accelerating progress of technology and changes in … Continue reading The fast rise and fall of two industries show the coming singularity. Let’s prepare now.

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The new industrial revolution has begun. Research shows more robots = fewer jobs

Automation robot

Summary: Here is a milestone economics paper, showing that the new wave of automation is already a net destroyer of jobs. The next industrial revolution has begun, and the effects will accelerate from here. We have to start thinking about ways to divide the new wealth it produces -- and handle the massive unemployment. "On … Continue reading The new industrial revolution has begun. Research shows more robots = fewer jobs

The new industrial revolution hits retail: prepare for mass firings.

Retail Technology

Summary: The new industrial revolution will have its greatest effect on industries that have large imbalances. Like retail, after decades of overbuilding stores. Lots of jobs will be destroyed. Watch closely, other industries will be hit with similar shocks. Hayley Petersen at Business Insider points to the next wave of the industrial revolution: "The retail apocalypse … Continue reading The new industrial revolution hits retail: prepare for mass firings.