Who are the workers forced to bear the costs of the increase in workplace robots? According to Acemoglu and Restrepo, men take about twice as big a hit in terms of lost jobs as women do. Although both sexes suffer wage losses when robots replace people, the size of the drop in employment for women was about half that of men. In political terms, the workers who experience the highest costs from industrial automation fit the crucial Trump voter demographic: white non-college voters, disproportionately male, whose support for the Republican nominee surged from 2012 to 2016 -- as shown in the accompanying graphic, which is based on data from the Pew Research Center. In 2016, less-educated whites sharply increased their support of the Republican candidate, while those with more education significantly reduced it.
In the Trump era, the desire for great sex appears to have taken a back seat to fears about lousy pillow talk. According to internal data the dating service OkCupid provided, its millennial users overwhelmingly care more about their partners' politics than how good they are in bed. In the nation's capital, 70% of millennials would prefer romantic partners who shared their political opinions than their sexual proclivities. In Chicago, Portland, Brooklyn and Philadelphia, the majority of millennials are more invested in a partner's position on climate change than their preferred position in the "Kama Sutra". Last year, we learned that younger millennials are having astonishingly little sex to begin with.
AI's War on Manipulation: Are We Winning? The next day was going to be a big day: Citizens of Bitotia would once and for all establish which byte order was better, big-endian (B) or little-endian (L). Little Bit Timmy was a big supporter of little endian because that would give him the best position in the word. However, the population was split quite evenly between L and B, with a small minority of Bits who still remembered the single-tape Turing machine and preferred unary encoding (U), without any of this endianness business. Nonetheless, about half of the Bits preferred big-endian (B L U), and about half were the other way round (L B U).
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From political campaigning to social good, AI is proliferating the political process faster than we imagine. Sam is a politician from New Zealand who is running for Prime Minister in 2020. He can answer all questions on policy, education, and immigration. He interacts with everyone and is active on Messenger, responding to messages promptly. However, there is one thing that makes him stand apart from politicians across the world -- he is artificially intelligent.
Cognovi Labs, developer of the SaaS platform for emotion-based artificial intelligence, saw their Oct. 22 prediction of a Doug Jones victory realized in Tuesday's Alabama Senate election. Acting well ahead of poll data, Cognovi made the prediction almost three weeks before the sexual harassment claims surfaced against Moore. The prediction was based around Cognovi Emotion AI findings that showed Jones' superior ability to trigger an intense emotional bond with the electorate, which allowed him to generate the required turnout to win the election. This result follows a string of successful Cognovi predictions for several high-profile outcomes, including predicting the Brexit referendum hours before the polls closed; and foretelling the results of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. In addition to political events, Cognovi utilizes its AI platform to make predictions for businesses, investors, corporations, ad agencies and public figures.
A virtual assistant, Alisa, is throwing its name in the hat to run against incumbent Vladmir Putin in the 2018 Russian presidential elections. First, let's just dismiss this idea as stupid. Okay, now let's give it a second look – because it actually makes a lot of sense. Maybe it's time to, academically at least, consider alternative political systems based on more logical and rational thought processes – like one that could elect Russia's Alisa. So far, the virtual assistant has over 80,000 "votes" from citizens requesting a place for it on the ballot next year.
We've all seen the stories and allegations of Russian bots manipulating the 2016 U.S. presidential election and, most recently, hijacking the FCC debate on net neutrality. Yet far from such high stakes arenas, there's good reason to believe these automated pests are also contaminating data used by firms and governments to understand who we (the humans) are, as well as what we like and need with regard to a broad range of things. Social bots -- which is what we're talking about here; "bot" is a catch-all term for many different types of AI -- can be a nuisance for social media platforms. A recent report estimated as many as 48 million Twitter accounts are actually bots, and they are responsible for as many as 1 in 4 tweets. Depressingly for Taylor Swift fans, a study in 2015 revealed that 67 percent of her followers were bots, and a new study from the University of Cambridge revealed that celebrities with more than 10 million followers behave in bot-like ways themselves.