Economics

BEELINE TO THE FUTURE: The Aims of 'Occupy Wallstreet'

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Recently, a group of largely youthful protestors have been “occupying Wall Street.” There has been a great deal of controversy in the press about the goals of the protesters: do they have coherent demands? Are their positions reasonable and consistent? Do they even know what they want?

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BEELINE TO THE FUTURE: 3D Printing

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3D printing has always struck me as either the beginning of an entirely new economic model or a geeky hobby that will ultimately peter out. I tend to think more the former but only time will tell. In the current state of technology, a 3D printer prints objects in plastic rather than words on paper. This technology remains in its infancy and is heavily used by geeks and hobbyists to print toys and iPod cases, but it can manufacture many objects in a garage that in the past required a factory.

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BEELINE TO THE FUTURE: Is Your Job Robot Proof?

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People don’t take me seriously when I tell them that robots will be taking over many jobs in the next five to ten years, but I keep running into more and more information suggesting I’m right. Businessweek has an article, “The Robot in the Next Cubicle,” which describes a robot that costs $350,000 and can “deliver mail, pour coffee, and recognize its co-worker’s faces” (http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/11_04/b4212069774202.htm).

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So Why is Stargate:Atlantis *REALLY* being cancelled?

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I figured out why SGA is ending a year early last night: Exchange rates. It’s not ratings, it’s not even a typically annoying lack of direction from the Sci Fi Channel, it’s just exchange rates pure and simple.

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