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March 11, 2016



Americans are in denial about robots coming to take their jobs
By Jason Abbruzzese

Americans can see the robot-job apocalypse coming, but they choose to be in deep denial about it. About two-thirds of Americans expect that in 50 years robots will do "much of the work" currently done by humans, according to a newly released study from the Pew Research Center.  We're not too worried about it though. A whopping 80% of those surveyed by Pew said that they believe their job will exist in 50 years. Despite our collective denial, the prospect of an increasingly automated society — think driverless cars, drone delivery and robots that can do manual labor — has caused serious concern about how people will make a living in the future.

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Google’s AlphaGo wins second game against Go champion
Associated Press

Google’s Go-playing machine has scored a second victory against the best human player. The victory by AlphaGo against South Korea’s Lee Sedol, the winner of 18 world championships, puts the machine’s owners one victory away claiming a $1m (£700,000) prize. AlphaGo’s first win against Lee, on Wednesday, shook the Go-playing world, marking a milestone in the development of artificial intelligence. Many had believed it would take another decade for computers to conquer the ancient Chinese board game, one of the most creative games ever devised.

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Here’s a realistic plan to slash food wast
By Nathanael Johnson
The Grist

If you are unconvinced that food waste is a problem, then there are plenty of boggling stats to make you come to Jesus: The United States spends $218 billion a year producing food that nobody eats — amounting to 40 percent of all food grown. We devote roughly 80 million acres to grow food just for the garbage bin — an area three-quarters the size of California. That’s why I was excited to see the pragmatic, step-by-step plan just released by the nonprofit Rethink Food Waste Through Economics and Data(ReFED).

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Obama and Canada’s Justin Trudeau Promote Ties and Climate plan
By Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Michael D. Shear
The New York Times

President Obama on Thursday said the United States and Canada were more closely aligned than ever, using a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to announce joint efforts to curb emissions of planet-warming gases and to promote his personal rapport with the leader of a pivotal neighbor. On policy, Mr. Obama and Mr. Trudeau promised that their two countries would “play a leadership role internationally in the low-carbon global economy over the coming decades.” As part of the announcement, United States officials said they would immediately begin a new push to regulate methane emissions from existing oil and gas facilities, though finishing that process before the end of Mr. Obama’s tenure is unlikely.

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Big solar is heading for boom times in the US
By David Roberts

When people think of solar power, they tend to think of panels on rooftops. That kind of small-scale, distributed solar power is the most visible, gets the most press, and, from the consumer perspective, has the most sex appeal. But the humble workhorse of solar power is the utility-scale solar power plant, usually defined as a solar array larger than 5 megawatts. In 2007, there were zero utility-scale solar power plants in the US. Today there are hundreds, ranging from the 579 MW Solar Star project (the world's largest solar farm) in California down to dozens upon dozens of 10, 20, and 50 MW projects in communities across the country.

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Reviving the Working Class Without Building Walls
By Eduardo Porter
The New York Times

Can the government help Donald Trump’s supporters? The political system is in shock over the insurrection of the white working class, which has flocked to Mr. Trump’s candidacy. On the wrong side of globalization and technological change, no longer at home in an increasingly multiethnic America, these voters have eagerly embraced his simple proposal to make things better: walls against the imports and the people they believe have robbed them of a shot at prosperity.

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Protesters in France Take to Streets Over Changes to Labor Law
By Adam Nossiter
The New York Times

Firing an employee in France often means a court date, months of hearings and hefty payouts under the country’s 3,400-page labor code. Employers hate the thick book But workers — those lucky enough to have jobs — love it. On Wednesday, thousands went into the streets across France to protect it, demonstrating against a new government plan to make firings slightly easier and France’s trademark shortened workweek slightly longer Nothing for years has so revived labor tensions — or divided the Socialist Party — as the government’s plan to overhaul the voluminous labor code, removing, ever so slightly, a few layers of worker protection.

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The Obama Doctrine
By Jeffrey Goldberg
The Atlantic

In an extensive interview with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg President Barack Obama recounts his engagement--and disengagement--with foreign policy challenges during his presidency.

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Saudi Arabia, Houthi Rebels Hold Direct Talks on Yemen War
By Mohammed al-Kibsi
The Wall Street Journal

Saudi Arabia has begun direct talks with Houthi rebels over the nearly yearlong war in Yemen, which has become a test of Riyadh’s determination to defend its interests aggressively in the region. The Saudi-led military coalition and an official for the rebels said on Wednesday the talks were taking place near the Saudi-Yemeni border. But the two sides appeared to differ over the agenda of the negotiations, which began Monday.

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My dad’s incarceration punished me too
By Dominique Matti

I am 5 years old. I am playing on the kitchen floor when I hear it: J-A-I-L. My nana spells it out to my mom in the way adults do when they don't want children to know what they're saying. But I'm smart and I can spell, and I know what they're saying. That week, I go to kindergarten and I tell all of my classmates that my daddy is in j-a-i-l. I tell them that he beat up some bullies and that he is a hero. My teacher is mortified; my classmates are intrigued.

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