Today’s BattleBot Competitor, Tomorrow’s Engineer

Today’s BattleBot Competitor, Tomorrow’s Engineer

By Hunter Chase, Reporter

A 250-pound machine created purely for destruction may sound like something from a science fiction movie, but it’s reality for five students from Palos Verdes. They designed and built a robot with solid steel armor that spins three blades at 200 miles an hour. Rancho Palos Verdes residents Sean Stassi and Trevor Heise were featured in the third season of BattleBots , a fighting robot reality series.

The show consists of robots competing in three-minute one-on-one bouts with the goal of destroying or disabling the opponent. If there is no knockout during the battle, a panel […]

Neo-Socialism and the Rise of the Machines

Neo-Socialism and the Rise of the Machines

Diego Rivera, “Man at the Crossroads” detail (Wikimedia Commons) Today’s emergent socialism is less an attack on liberalism than a wake-up call to mainstream politicians sleeping through the tech revolution.

Socialism hasn’t been as popular as it is today since the late 19 th and early 20 th century, when the Wobblies were a force to be reckoned with and public figures such as George Orwell, W.E.B. Du Bois, Paul Robeson, and Bertrand Russell identified as socialists. Today, a self-described socialist is currently a serious contender for President of the United States and more Americans under age 30 view have […]

We all get replaced

We all get replaced

Danville’s original iron foundry began in 1829 fabricating farm and kitchen tools. It lasted three years. Danville’s iron industry was ultimately snuffed out by the depression of 1873. Iron was only a 40-year run. That’s the nature of economies. Keelboats that steer downstream and pole upstream get replaced by steamboats. In 1811, a steamboat traveled from Pittsburgh to New Orleans in 14 days. Fine, until railroads. Fine, until auto assembly lines.

We all get replaced. Technologies invariably change. Coal plants close not from EPA regulations but from corporate decisions (cheaper, cleaner alternatives) and improved technologies like automation. The real question […]

Lure of the long-shot

Lure of the long-shot

A few days ago, the Washington Post ran a feature cleverly titled “Random Man Runs for President” quite literally describing Andrew Yang, one of the 20-something candidates running for the Presidential Elections of the United States in 2020—against one Donald Trump. Except he isn’t random anymore. His campaign is powered by young, neoliberal-leaning, meme-ready, predominantly online supporters calling themselves the ‘yang gang’. Pitching himself as the data guy, Yang hails modest success in business. Like Trump, he is an outsider but unlike him, he comes with no baggage, or public notoriety. And though his candidacy is a long-shot, in […]

America’s Finest Economists Have Been Needlessly Undermining Growth, Study Confirms

America’s Finest Economists Have Been Needlessly Undermining Growth, Study Confirms

This board could have been more decorated. For much of the past decade, America’s foremost economic thinkers have been struggling to resolve two “mysteries”:

1. Why was the prime-age labor-force participation rate (i.e., the percentage of workers ages 25 to 64 who have a job or want one) stuck so far below its precrisis level?

2. Why was wage growth tepid , even as the unemployment rate dropped near historic lows? Which is to say: If jobs were relatively plentiful, and available labor relatively scarce, then why weren’t workers feeling more emboldened to demand higher pay? Or, viewed from the other […]

This Lunatic Ten Hour Working Week Idea!

This Lunatic Ten Hour Working Week Idea!

Just when you thought you’d heard it all, along comes the Labour bigwigs backing an absolutely loony-tunes proposal for a ten hour working week.

PLEASE WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW:

Doesn’t it sound so attractive, no-one will work more than ten hours a week and we can save the environment from the climate emergency and have a much better work-life balance in the process.The numbers in the report by Philipp Frey for Autonomy all crunch out right in the spread sheets and the formulas all add up.What it seems to be saying is that, if the country is economically much […]

Letter — Limited government approach to income inequality

One idea, proposed by conservative economist Milton Friedman. is to provide a minimum income for the poor. Such a program would be more efficient since it would eliminate many welfare programs requiring fewer government workers to run.

Besides the poor, we need to address the problem of disappearing jobs. Globalization has been a factor where some have been displaced by competing workers that pay lower wages as compared to our country. Another factor eliminating jobs has been automation reducing the number of workers required. One example has been the coal industry. Lastly, Artificial Intelligence (AI) threatens to destroy millions of […]

Letter — Limited government approach to income inequality

One idea, proposed by conservative economist Milton Friedman. is to provide a minimum income for the poor. Such a program would be more efficient since it would eliminate many welfare programs requiring fewer government workers to run.

Besides the poor, we need to address the problem of disappearing jobs. Globalization has been a factor where some have been displaced by competing workers that pay lower wages as compared to our country. Another factor eliminating jobs has been automation reducing the number of workers required. One example has been the coal industry. Lastly, Artificial Intelligence (AI) threatens to destroy millions of […]

‘The UK is a long way behind in terms of productivity’: Mike Wilson, BARA

Chairman of the British Automation and Robot Association (BARA) Mike Wilson discusses the ‘underperforming’ state of the UK’s manufacturing robot industry. He says without an increased commitment to automation, it will find itself with bigger problems on its plate than Brexit.

“The UK is a long way behind in terms of productivity,” says Mike Wilson of the British Automation and Robot Association (BARA). “The increased use of robotics is an important element of addressing that shortfall.” Wilson is the chairman of BARA, an organisation that represents “the supply chain for robot and automation products into the UK”. Its membership consists […]

We Must Restore the Dignity of Work. All Work.

We Must Restore the Dignity of Work. All Work.

A McDonald’s employee prepares an order. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) The value and dignity of work—any work—used to be one of the core principles of conservative and Republican thinking. It drove the welfare reform push in the 1990s, and the support for the Earned Income Tax Credit in the present day. It is why people on the right work so hard to remove barriers to work like occupational licensing or required union membership so that opportunity does not remain out of reach for the poorer and more unfortunate. Work, to the mind of the conservative, possesses an intrinsic […]