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“O, brave new world that has such ROBOTS in it!”

The title of this post of course paraphrases Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”. However, whereas “The Tempest” concerns itself with the nature or art and theatrical illusion, this link shows the very real progress that is being made in the field of robotics:

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Speaking of which, Martin Ford’s “RISE OF THE ROBOTS – Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future” is on my reading list. Here’s a link to the NY Times’s review:

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“Those were the days my friend…” (Part 1)

“The Rise and Fall of American Growth:The U.S. Standard of Living since the Civil War” by Robert J. Gordon is attracting a considerable amount of attention.

I have yet to read it, but it’s on my reading list. That being said, some of the arguments within the book that the various reviewers tend to address seem far too linear. Consider the growth of a child versus that of the US economy. Certainly, there are certain major milestones that cannot be eclipsed: learning to walk (transportation innovations), learning to talk (communication innovations), toilet training (each reviewer mentions indoor plumbing…). This may be so, but is it not the things we do afterwards, when we are in possession of these fundamental skills/endowments, that start to make things truly interesting?

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