News Roundup

Star Trek: In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of Star Trek every news and media outlet has made something about it. Vanity Fair has a history lesson and it offers a pretty unique look into what Star Trek inspired and influenced. Sure some things we all already know but there are other that make it worth a read.

Robots: According to The Guardian by 2021 robots will eliminate 6% of all US jobs. The report says that the biggest impact will be felt in transportation, logistics, customer service and consumer service. With everyone online and hyper-connected it seems inevitable that Amazon will be sending us things by drone that they know we will be needing, Uber and Google are working on self-driving cars and it seems like the trucking industry has been working on driver assist systems for ages, I think there’s a Simpsons episode about the trucking auto assist.

Election 2016: Libertarian Candidates Gary Johnson and Bill Weld are on the ballots in all 50 states. This is huge news as it is the first time since Ross Perot where a third party Candidate is on all state ballots. Now the biggest challenge is getting into the debates, according to the rules Johnson needs to be polling at 15% to make the debate stage however in an open letter in Wednesday’s New York Times Johnson/Weld ask the Commission on Presidential Debates to put an extra podium at the first debate and allow Johnson to participate and if they don’t poll at 15% after they won’t debate at the following ones. Currently Johnson is polling at like 9% and will not be included in the debate but citing the change in society since 1992 when these rules were formalized, as well as the general dire state that people have about the current slate of candidates it seems like a good idea for some other individual who is on all ballots to be allowed to debate the others.

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