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Will Robots Replace Writers?

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A few years ago, researchers at Oxford University analyzed industries to determine which were most susceptible to job loss due to technological innovation. Several occupations like retail salespersons, accountants, telemarketers, and technical writers are very likely to see job losses due to automation. Other jobs like dentists and athletic trainers, are far less likely to feel the impact. I was heartened to see that editors have a probability of job loss due to automation of .06 (a “1” in their…

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What If An App Could Read Your Mind?

What If An App Could Read Your Mind?

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The other day, my eight year old daughter showed me an app she had downloaded on our iPad mini. By facing the camera at her forehead, she can supposedly gauge the degree to which she has been “naughty” or “nice”. The amusingly fake “metrics” it uses as part of its “algorithm” include things like “baths refused”, “tantrums”, “swear words”, and “school buses missed”. As my daughter knows, children who are deemed “naughty” by Santa Claus, receive no gifts. A “naughty”…

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