How inevitable is the AI takeover of jobs? And where does UBI fit in?

How inevitable is the AI takeover of jobs? And where does UBI fit in?

[Guest post by Nathan Mizrachi] KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE -- Inside a giant warehouse that’s bigger than 4 football fields put together, humans unpack boxes from containers before shuttling them onto a series of robotized conveyor belts. The low rhythmic grunts of people working alongside the hum of machines fill this massive space. It’s just another day at Red Stag Fulfilment, a logistics company that specializes in ecommerce fulfillment and employs around 60 full-time and contract workers who inventory and ship everything imaginable to locations around the USA and worldwide. In 2027, the idea of humans working alongside intelligent machines might seem like a quaint, even backwards notion. Everything from Tesla’s autopilot to Amazon’s Alexa shows that artificial intelligence (AI) is smarter than ever and improving fast. Think pieces from left and right have decried (or celebrated) the inevitable rise of AI. People like Elon Musk have said that yes, eventually the robots really will take our jobs, and it’s the responsibility of society...
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6 Reasons Why Same-Day Shipping Will be The New Standard in Ecommerce

6 Reasons Why Same-Day Shipping Will be The New Standard in Ecommerce

[Guest post by Nathan Mizrachi] Chances are high that you’re reading this on your smartphone, so you don’t need reminding that technology is pervasive in society. Since everyone seems to be watching Black Mirror these days, you can’t exactly blame people for being a little bit skeptical of this technology-dependent world we live in. But before we get caught up in the possibility of social media “likes” determining your ability to take out a mortgage, let’s acknowledge that there are some serious benefits to living in the digital age. Especially if you’re in ecommerce, the future looks bright; the latest research shows that retail spending will continue shifting to ecommerce. The explosive growth and innovation we’ve witnessed -- from mobile apps making it possible to buy offline to embedded cookies that offer custom suggestions for online purchasers -- have placed ecommerce on an arc of ever-greater accuracy and expediency. Amazon’s Prime Now service has proven that retail goods such as groceries can...
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