Eighty years ago, Keynes famously predicted that within a century people would need to work no more than three hours per day. High living standards aided by technological breakthroughs would give human beings satisfying, minimal work and plentiful leisure, while robots and machines took over menial and repetitive labour. Less than twenty years before Keynes’ . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: Questions for robots
Media outlets recently publicized Amazon’s patent for what it calls “anticipatory shipping.” The premise is as simple as it is creepy: Amazon will charge and ship items before customers have the chance to buy them themselves. In other words, Amazon knows what you want and is happy to spare you the trouble and effort of . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: The more things change… Amazon’s “anticipatory shipping” and the village square
In regards to defining who we are, for all the importance we place on immaterial feelings, it is ironic that what is thought to make us human is that what makes us the most mechanical. Just as hearing a small baby laugh makes us instantly smile, seein… . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Understanding The Mechanics of Human Nature
“I agree with you, I want to do it, now make me do it.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1932, in a statement to labour leaders who had advocated for bold policies.
Leaders often explain that their failure to enact the right policies is because public support is either lacking or is in opposition to . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Make Us Do The Right Thing