Eleven of the animals were killed in Hwange National Park, the same park where Cecil the lion lived prior to his death earlier this year. —> Read More
A new study suggests the Red Planet had some blue on it around 3.5 billion years ago.
Bull trout are dwindling in Montana as their home-waters warm, and invasive fish devour them. Scooping up threatened fish and moving them higher up the mountain could backfire. Is the risk worth it?
Could the U.S. bombing of a hospital in Afghanistan be considered a punishable crime? —> Read More
Doug G. Ware
PASADENA, Calif., Oct. 8 (UPI) — Scientists running NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity say new data indicate ancient lakes once existed on the Red Planet billions of years ago. —> Read More
Machines won’t bring about the economic robot apocalypse — but greedy humans will, according to physicist Stephen Hawking.
In a Reddit Ask Me Anything session on Thursday, the scientist predicted that economic inequality will skyrocket as more jobs become automated and the rich owners of machines refuse to share their fast-proliferating wealth.
If machines produce everything we need, the outcome will depend on how things are distributed. Everyone can enjoy a life of luxurious leisure if the machine-produced wealth is shared, or most people can end up miserably poor if the machine-owners successfully lobby against wealth redistribution. So far, the trend seems to be toward the second option, with technology driving ever-increasing inequality.
Essentially, machine owners will become the bourgeoisie of a new era, in which the corporations they own won’t provide jobs to actual human workers.
As it is, the chasm between the super rich and the rest is growing. For starters, capital — such as stocks or property — accrues value at a much faster rate than the actual economy grows, according to the French economist Thomas Piketty. The wealth of the rich multiplies faster than wages increase, and the working class can never even catch up.
But if Hawking is right, the problem won’t be about catching up. It’ll be a struggle to even inch past the starting line.
Also on HuffPost:
– This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.