Another round of Rory’s Daily Four questions for our consideration.
Here we go.
How often do you read magazines as in daily, weekly and what magazines do you enjoy and why do you read them as opposed to simply reading articles online?
I read my daily hometown newspaper and I read one weekly magazine, “The Week.”Why do I read “The Week”? Well, it’s typically only around 40 pages long and it has short, interesting articles about world and national news. Many of the featured articles state the facts (“What Happened”) and then highlight opinions on a bipartisan basis in “What the Editorials Said” and “What the Columnists Said.” In addition to highlighting what’s going on geopolitically, it’s got business news, entertainment news, witty snippets, selected editorial cartoons, and even a crossword puzzle. Here’s last week’s Table of Contents:It’s a great, quick update that lives up to its tagline, “All you need to know about everything that matters.”
What will you never answer about yourself if asked?
I don’t know. Ask me anything and I’ll let you if you ask me something that I will never answer.
If you had to pin point with a certain amount of commitment your top five environmental concerns what would they be?
- The air that we breath.
- The water that we drink.
- Rising temperatures. It reached 95°F in San Francisco yesterday. That’s about 25° above “normal” for this time of year. And my house isn’t fucking air conditioned because it just doesn’t get this hot in San Francisco. Well, it never used to.
- Melting glaciers.
- More severe weather (hurricanes, floods, etc.).
What are your views on ‘robots’ at work and the impact they could have on the human workforce in our future?
Interestingly, if you noticed on the cover of “The Week” magazine above, one of the highlighted articles is “Will Robots Take Over Most Jobs.” The subheading reads, “Over the next decade, automation and artificial intelligence could throw 54 million Americans out of work.” Scary, huh?
Generally speaking, those jobs involving repetitive physical tasks in predictable environments are at a high risk to be replaced by robot-like devices. But jobs that involve managing people, demand creative thinking, and require social interaction are less prone to being replaced by automation.
What I think is likely to happen is that many low-tech, blue collar jobs will disappear forever, due to robots and artificial intelligence. But they will be more than replaced by different kinds of jobs that require humans. Just look what has happened in the coal and fossil fuel industries. The nearly 3.3 million Americans working in clean energy jobs now outnumber fossil fuel workers by 3-to-1. Nearly 335,000 people work in the solar industry and more than 111,000 work in the wind industry, compared to 211,000 working in coal mining or other fossil fuel extraction.
Of course, this optimistic outlook is dependent upon humanity getting its act together to save our environment and the planet. Because if we don’t, the whole matter of the human workforce in the future will be a moot issue.