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Robot of the day: September 10 — Defend Net neutrality!

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All of the robots here support the concept of the Internet as a “common carrier.” Here’s a great explanation of “Net neutrality” and why it matters: “Net neutrality in the US: Now what?”. Once you’ve watched that, please go visit DearFCC.org to let your voice be heard. How can we become your benevolent robotic overlords if were stuck in a slow lane? THANK YOU FOR YOUR CO-OPERATION PUNY HU-MANS!

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RR1, Is Technology Helping or Hurting Us?

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In Nicholas Carr’s (2008) “Is Google Making Us Stupid? What the Internet is Doing to our Brains”, Carr examines the bare history of how we even got to Google as a people. Though Carr starts out this essay by nervously examining how his own behaviors have changed, Carr eventually leads us to a quick, broad line history of communication. Carr’s examination into the relatively fast advent of the internet when compared to the history of writing was a fun and insightful recap of how we have changed the medium and how the medium has changed us (p. 1 par. 5). Carr’s “swiftly moving stream” of information available on the internet, absolutely adds to Carr’s idea of these quick reading articles on the web actually “propel you towards them” (p. 1, par. 3) People who are immersed in a culture that values the internet often say they do less book…

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It looks as if Amazon is building out its robot army

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Amazon Web Services has brought Bill Vass, former CEO of Liquid Robotics, aboard as its new VP of engineering, according to Vaas’s LinkedIn Page. The move was first reported by Bloomberg on Wednesday.

[company]AWS[/company], along with parent company [company]Amazon[/company], is big on robotics. Amazon bought Kiva Systems, a maker of robotic material handling systems, two years ago for $775 million. And thanks to the 60 Minutes “exclusive” last year, we know Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos wants to field a flotilla of small delivery drones.

Before joining [company]Liquid Robotics[/company], Vaas spent more than a decade at [company]Sun Microsystems[/company], where he was president of Sun Microsystems Federal as well as VP of corporate software services, chief security officer and CIO.

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Humans need not apply by @cgpgrey

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Simply found this video too fascinating not to post it. “Humans need not apply” is a 15 minute insight into a labour market that might seem futuristic but is all too close to our doorstep. A labour market overwhelmed by automation and the bots that perform these tasks. Bots who have become so rapid in their rate of learning and adaptation, so complex in their ability to out perform humans in such a diverse range of tasks at such cost-effective rates that it’s probable that huge swathes of the labour market will succumb to their usage. Equally frightening and intriguing, the near future depicted in this video demands huge answers from economic and business leaders and the education system preparing those competing human workers of tomorrow.

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Highest-paid female executive seeks immortality—digitally

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Martine Rothblatt, the founder of Sirius satellite radio and pharmaceutical company United Therapeutics, was the highest paid female executive in America last year with total earnings of $38 million. She also happens to be transgender.

Born “Martin,” Rothblatt became an space law expert and later founded the satellite radio service Sirius [fortune-stock symbol=”SIRI”]. It has defied early skeptics and grown into a $20 billion company with more than 26 million subscribers. She also founded United Therapeutics to help find a cure for pulmonary hypertension, a disease that afflicts her daughter Jenesis. As Fortune has noted before, Rothblatt is a polymath whose futuristic ideas sometimes seem far-fetched, if not a little loopy, until they actually become reality.

In 1994, Rothblatt, then a man, underwent sexual reassignment surgery. She has remained married to her wife, Bina Aspen, throughout (her wife even inspired Rothblatt to build a robot in her likeness, named BINA48).

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