Robots won't just take our jobs – they'll make the rich even richer

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It may sound strange, but a number of prominent people have been asking this question lately. As fears about the impact of automation grow, calls for a "robot tax" are gaining momentum. Earlier this month, the European parliament considered one for the EU. Benoît Hamon, the French Socialist party presidential candidate who is often described as his country's Bernie Sanders, has put a robot tax in his platform. Even Bill Gates recently endorsed the idea.


Robots won't just take our jobs – they'll make the rich even richer

The Guardian

It may sound strange, but a number of prominent people have been asking this question lately. As fears about the impact of automation grow, calls for a "robot tax" are gaining momentum. Earlier this month, the European parliament considered one for the EU. Benoît Hamon, the French Socialist party presidential candidate who is often described as his country's Bernie Sanders, has put a robot tax in his platform. Even Bill Gates recently endorsed the idea.


Robots won't just take our jobs – they'll make the rich even richer

#artificialintelligence

It may sound strange, but a number of prominent people have been asking this question lately. As fears about the impact of automation grow, calls for a "robot tax" are gaining momentum. Earlier this month, the European parliament considered one for the EU. Benoît Hamon, the French Socialist party presidential candidate who is often described as his country's Bernie Sanders, has put a robot tax in his platform. Even Bill Gates recently endorsed the idea.


Cognitive computing can lead to thoughtful solutions, expert says - The MSP Hub

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The most vexing and important issues of the present and the future likely will be solved using the power of supercomputers, a renowned expert says. In fact, supercomputers already are being used to tackle problems in disciplines such as medicine, education, energy exploration and criminal investigation, explained Katharine Frase. That kind of readily available technology, she said, is leading to increased capabilities in policing and other disciplines "in an actionable way." Frase was the keynote speaker Tuesday at SC16, the top international convention showcasing how high-performance computing, networking, storage and analysis are advancing commerce, education, medicine, scientific research, space exploration, weather forecasting and many other disciplines. Frase served as chief technology officer and vice president of public sector at IBM from March 2013 to September 2015.


Determined Parents are Moving the Needle on Gene Therapy

MIT Technology Review

Alison Frase remembers the first moment when she thought gene therapy had a chance of curing patients like her son Joshua of a rare genetic muscle-wasting disease called X-linked myotubular myopathy. It was 2007, and she was viewing a video of a crippled mouse on her home computer. Four weeks earlier, the mouse had been injected with an engineered virus carrying a new strand of DNA intended to correct a genetic mutation that made its muscles limp and weak. Frase watched in awe and began to cry as the mouse's limbs started to twitch. Eventually, it picked itself up and walked for the first time.