The rise of the robots, coming first for our jobs, then maybe our lives, is a growing concern in today’s increasingly automated world. The World Bank chief said the world is on a “crash course” to automate millions of jobs. But a recent report from Germany paints a less dramatic picture: Europe’s strongest economy and manufacturing powerhouse has quadrupled the amount of industrial robots it has installed in the last 20 years, without causing human redundancies.
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The Long-Awaited Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa Aims to Let the Continent Tell Its Own Story. Built in 1921, the Grain Silo Complex was for more than half a century sub-Saharan Africa’s tallest structure, a symbol of the role that agriculture—in this case maize, or mealie-meal, in local parlance—played in driving the continent’s economic growth. The factory sorted, packed, and shipped grain until 2001. It will now house art from Africa and abroad made in the years since then.
Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit enters the secretive world of the surveillance industry. Spy Merchants reveals for the first time how highly-invasive spyware, which can capture the electronic communications of a town, can be purchased in a 'grey market’ where regulations are ignored or bypassed. Mass surveillance equipment can then be sold onto authoritarian governments, criminals or even terrorists.
An investigation dossier by Al Jazeera
Even after the subsequent decades of mainstream discovery, critical reassessment, and massive cultural influence, Blade Runner 2049 remains the rarest of Hollywood propositions: an R-rated, $150 million sequel to a movie that not a lot of people liked (or even fully understood) when it first came out. Wired offers an interesting glimpse behind the much feared but celebrated Blade Runner sequel.
The last time Australia suffered a recession the web browser had just been invented and Bryan Adams topped the charts. Figures released today will show that its economy has racked up the longest stretch of growth in modern history: 104 quarters. The Netherlands, the previous title-holder, dipped into recession—defined as two consecutive quarters of contraction—after 103. In these 26 years, Australia has navigated the Asian financial crisis, the collapse of the dotcom bubble and the Great Recession, largely without scars. Its once-in-a-generation mining boom ended in 2014. Yet it has managed to avoid a bust. How did it break the record for economic growth?
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This is the story behind the failure to capture the attention of the gaming audience - what should have been a playful deception about creative rights became an example of what not to pull in the current media climate. Waypoint's editorial is an insightful perspective on the team's original intention for Tokyo42 marketing campaign and its real consequences.
“There was no reward to sticking to English language,” says Dhruv Batra, visiting research scientist from Georgia Tech at Facebook AI Research (FAIR). As these two agents competed to get the best deal–a very effective bit of AI vs. AI dogfighting researchers have dubbed a “generative adversarial network”–neither was offered any sort of incentive for speaking as a normal person would. So they began to diverge, eventually rearranging legible words into seemingly nonsensical sentences.
Qatar can afford to be generous. It shares the world’s largest gas field with Iran, yet has just 300,000 citizens, making it the richest country per capita. In recent decades, Doha has transformed into a gleaming metropolis of global ambition where luxury cars crowd the streets and world-renowned architects have traced its futuristic skyline. An army of imported laborers is building stadiums and subway lines for the 2022 World Cup. But among fellow Arab states, Qatar’s image has been shaped by its contentious policy of come one, come all.