Tagged: Amazon

Reading past the job-loss headlines - FutureworkNZ

Dave Heatley Jul 01, 2019

“Machines take jobs” cry the headlines. A journalist friend once said the media only publish two stories: “it’s that terrible” and “isn’t that wonderful”. “Machines take jobs” is clearly “terrible”. But its logical opposite, “machines create jobs”, is unlikely to make the grade as “wonderful”. Such selection effects mean that bad news crowds out the good. Today I’m going to … Read More

Making a list of books to share? Link to review or author sites, not that company - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Dec 08, 2018

It’s that time of year that people share lists of books that others might like to read. Often book lists offer a link to where a reader might get the book. Please don’t link to companies. Link to review or author sites. If you’re like me, you love to see new reading ideas. Even if they make your wallet wince… … Read More

‘Please Alexa’: are we beginning to recognise the rights of intelligent machines? - Guest Work

Guest Author Jun 22, 2018

Paresh Kathrani, University of Westminster Amazon has recently developed an option whereby Alexa will only activate if people address it with a “please”. This suggests that we are starting to recognise some intelligent machines in a way that was previously reserved only for humans. In fact, this could very well be the first step towards recognising the … Read More

Amazonian dirt roads are choking Brazil’s tropical streams - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 07, 2018

Cecilia Gontijo Leal, Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi, Belém This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. The first time I traveled to the Amazon, in 2010, I had no idea what to expect. A doctoral student from the far-off Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte, I imagined that my field work – studying … Read More

Delivering packages with drones might be good for the environment - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 16, 2018

Constantine Samaras, Carnegie Mellon University and Joshuah Stolaroff, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. There are more than 1 million drones registered in the U.S. Most of them belong to people flying them for fun, but a growing number are used commercially. Companies … Read More

Why Amazon and friends’ plan could be a major disrupter of health care system - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 09, 2018

J.B. Silvers, Case Western Reserve University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase’s announcement that they will create an independent company to offer health care to their employees “free from profit-making incentives and constraints” sent a shock through the health care industry, with … Read More

Adventures in the Anthropocene - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Jul 28, 2014

Science journalist Gaia Vince left her desk at Nature and spent two years visiting places around the world, some of them very isolated, where people were grappling with the conditions of what is sometimes described as a new epoch, the Anthropocene. It dates from the industrial revolution and represents a different world from the relatively […] … Read More

The Climate Show #3: Cancún and cooling - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Dec 02, 2010

Climate talks heat up in Mexico, snow blankets Britain and much of Europe, and The Climate Show is at the heart of the action. Glenn and Gareth set the scene for COP16 in Cancún and then interview Oxfam NZ’s Barry Coates at the conference to find out how things are shaping up. Gareth explores the [...] … Read More

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