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The asymmetry in our perception of technological unemployment

I have been believing for a couple of years that Robots and automation will steal millions of jobs. And we are seeing how some companies are even trying to transform themselves into “black factories”. This means to have a couple of humans to manage everything and the rest will be the work of the machines. This process is great for us, because we will stop doing things that are not meant to do by us, but we can delegate to a machine. Specially the ones that are repetitive and require strength. And since many global experts such as Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk are asking to pay attention to the growth of artificial intelligence we need to discuss […]

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Robots should be the populist not you (human)

Until we reach the technological singularity (which according to Raymond Kurzweil will happen in 2040) we have the power to redefine the role of humans in every activity. After watching the successful german film “Look who’s back” (Er ist wieder da) based on the satirical book by Timur Verme discussing the possibility of Adolf Hitler revisiting the world in 2014, a lot of questions struck me during the weekend. The movie has many lessons and I don’t want to spoil you, so if you haven’t watched, check it on Netflix, I will try to be spoiler free in this article. In this satirical film, Hitler goes around the country asking people how do they feel about their lives, imitating his […]

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Whose fault is if I’m kicked out of my job due to a robot?

I know, losing the job is always a terrible event in life, even if you hate it still is bad. Your manager just send you a letter (still they exist) telling you that the company decided to lay out you because they are in an automation process. You have been working a couple of years for the company, possible decades. Always on time, being as productive as possible, being as a great worker as people recognize you are. Never cheating on the company and sometimes working your ass off to meet some deadlines. But this news was unexpected, you have heard the news about people losing jobs due to robots, but never crossed your mind that you will be the […]

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Never stop dreaming

Since I was a child I have always had the biggest dreams. I remember drawing dinosaurs and creating stories during class. It as all about a group of adventurers discovering new worlds. Our ship transformed into a submarine and allowed us to find new creatures. Growing up, I imagined myself as an electromechanical engineer working with robotics at NASA. When I was finishing my school years, I decided I wanted to be a film director, just like Peter Jackson, capable of creating complex Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) worlds with unforgettable stories. View from the Peace Revolution Meditation Retreat in Thailand Source: Peace Revolution Facebook But my life has turned into a better story. This year I published the Beat the […]

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Is Better to Ask for Forgiveness Than for Permission?

This quote is from a mentor I had years ago. He was the CEO of a big company who always wanted to share with the youth his secrets to enjoy life. I remember he had a big room in the house of his foundation and he call it: “Think Tank”. All the white walls were written with phrases, quotes, sketches and many other ideas that he and his collaborators had during a meeting. He always asked us to sit down, see the wall, get inspired and keep our work.

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Should we tax the robots as Bill Gates believes?

In an interview to Quartz, Bill Gates discussed about the possibility and necessity to establish a ‘Robot Tax’. Since robots are stealing human jobs, it is a necessity to compensate the net loss through the establishment of a new type of tax. Gates believes that this will slow down the adoption of robots at our workplaces and will help funding programs dedicated to reduce inequality. It was not clear where the tax should appear, maybe in the company’s income or maybe in the service of the robot (like every year) as some type of income tax? There is a myriad of reactions from writers on these topics, from the ones praising the idea such as Ian Morris from Forbes as […]

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Will the robots help us to improve our Pareto principle of 80/20?

The Pareto principle states that 20% of our time when used effectively could lead to 80% of the results, therefore we can use the rest 80% to do more menial activities. This is the epitome of productivity and many authors like Tim Ferris believe we need to only work for four hours per week to produce the results we want. However, there is not even one billionaire who only works for a few hours per week, instead they are the ones that suffer a lot of health problems because they spend a lot of time working. In an article written by Steve Palominio, the director of financial transformation at Redwood Software he believes that “Robots will empower finance professionals to […]

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Introduction: From the book Beat the Robots

This piece is part of the book Beat the Robots. This is call for a better life. Yes, a call for your better life. Maybe you feel the world is on a path of self-destruction. Maybe you think nothing can be done to save it from our own creations. Maybe you have been fired from a job you liked, from a job you thought would give you the same level of security that your parents had. You thought that if you worked hard enough and dedicated your time to that job, you would be safe. But there isn’t a safe job anymore. The world is changing so fast that the elements you believed were permanent are now shadows from a […]

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