Linky Friday #139: Humans, Robots, & Onions
[SW1] Daniel Drezner writes of the catastrophic success of the Rebel Alliance, as revealed by the new Star Wars trailers.
[SW2] Trumwill favorite Jonathan Last, famous for making the original pro-Empire argument, explains why the Jedi are the bad guys. Ted Cruz, however, sides with the Rebels. Ever the politician, Marco Rubio seems wishy-washy on the whole thing, as does Drezner.
[SW5] Our own CK Macleod responded to Roland’s original post about Star Wars with his own, touching on Star Wars, leprous ideology, and alternate looks at the history and present through different eyes.
[Pr1] Technology Review writes about the emerging science of human computation.
[Pr2] Spinal chord simulation and robotic exoskeletons.
[Pr3] GMOs: Myth vs. Fact
[Pr4] Stowe Boyd writes of the emergence of algorithmic HR.
[Po1] Former Alabama Democrat turn Virginia Republican turn Alabama Independent Artur Davis is not eligible to become an Alabama Democrat again right away.
[Po3] Hillary Clinton is fun.
[Po4] Peter Beinart argues that Jeb Bush’s tumble is proof that democracy is winning. I think the most underreported story this cycle is that campaign finance reform has worked so impressively this cycle.
[Po5] If Attorney General Katherine Kane (D-PA) is going down, she’s not going alone.
[L1] Woohoo! This is what the economy has long needed.
[L3] This stands to reason: If your job is routine, there’s a good chance it’s going to disappear.
[L4] The oil slump has hit the petroleum engineering community hard. My Man in Texas says that this is a mistake, because they’re going to be needed down the road.
[L5] Steve Denning takes the consistent argument that the jobless future is a myth. Nobody should be worried about there not being work or things to do. What I’m worried about is that there work that is of enough value that the amount people are willing to pay for it can provide people with a reasonably comfortable life.
[S2] All he could say is that his life was pretty lame. I’m not sure any song captured the moment better than that one.
[S3] Christopher Orr is unimpressed with Truth, the movie that pretends the TANG documents might have been real.
[S4] Raising Baby Hitler.
[S5] It looks like we will have Phil Collins to kick around again soon.
[W1] I’m not gonna lie, a McDonald’s burger with a grey bun sounds intriguing to me.
[W2] I hope that Anonymous might consider leaving the UK rather than the medical profession. Montana and Idaho need you!
[W3] In an interview with Russian astronauts, of course you ask how they will cope without men and makeup because that’s the important thing.
[W4] Not good: Masked gangs are going after Syrians in Germany.
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