With AI getting smarter — being able to learn rules of games without human intervention — people are naturally anxious about losing their jobs to automation. Aaron Bastani suggests we embrace automation and adopt fully automated luxury communism (FALC). FALC proposes automation to take over all human work while people sit back and reap the fruits of their labour. Automation, in this case, would serve human needs, which would bring about a science fiction-esque “post-work, post-scarcity society” where we would hopefully live like modern-day billionaires.
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With drug overdose deaths on the rise, authorities are attempting to curb the epidemic by tracking and sharing information in real time. In one unique effort, a nonprofit in New York City is using drug-testing equipment and stamping or marking habits of dealers to identify drug batches that may endanger users. Other approaches are also being used, such as monitoring drug-related chatter on Reddit and analyzing local wastewater for opioid and other drug levels. With the combination of these efforts, researchers hope to put a dent in the opioid crisis and reduce overdose deaths. Read full article here