Welcome to DU! The truly grassroots left-of-center political community where regular people, not algorithms, drive the discussions and set the standards. Join the community: Create a free account Support DU (and get rid of ads!): Become a Star Member All Forums Issue Forums Culture Forums Alliance Forums Region Forums Support Forums Help & Search


(72,631 posts)
Wed Jan 22, 2014, 09:33 PM Jan 2014

Tell Me... What Are YOUR Tea Leaves... Saying To You...

Locally: California is supposedly about to have the worst drought in 500 years.

You know... California which feeds a large portion of the planet. Let alone basic drinking, cooking, showering water...


Or the rest of us...

And apparently there are enough Dems who have been bought off as well.

Globally: Governments warned: Robots may take half our jobs in 20 years, so prepare for revolution
By Travis Gettys - RawStory
Friday, January 17, 2014 10:44 EST


Nearly half of today’s jobs could be automated within the next two decades, according to one recent study, and no one seems to be prepared for what that will mean for society.

Study (.pdf file): http://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/downloads/academic/The_Future_of_Employment.pdf

The digital revolution, just as the industrial revolution before it, is increasing productivity but also transforming the workforce – putting workers out of some jobs and into others. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as many of the newly created jobs are higher-paying or less physically demanding, but rapidly changing economies dislocates many workers and transforms societies in unpredictable ways.

The technological “tornado” will hit the rich world first, reported The Economist, but will eventually sweep through poorer countries, reshaping politics and social organizations.

The Economist Article: http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21594298-effect-todays-technology-tomorrows-jobs-will-be-immenseand-no-country-ready

Oxford University researchers predicted that 47 percent of U.S. jobs are “at risk” for being automated in the next 20 years – especially in transportation, logistics, office and administrative support work.

The researchers also expressed surprise that service occupations, where most recent U.S. job growth has occurred, are “highly susceptible” to computerization.

For example...


More: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/01/17/governments-warned-robots-may-take-half-our-jobs-in-20-years-so-prepare-for-revolution/

Sometimes I wonder... if 2014/2016 is gonna do the trick.

I'm gonna vote... and hope for the best... but I doubt it will be enough...

10 replies = new reply since forum marked as read
Highlight: NoneDon't highlight anything 5 newestHighlight 5 most recent replies
Tell Me... What Are YOUR Tea Leaves... Saying To You... (Original Post) WillyT Jan 2014 OP
Damn Califoreigners! Let it burn! They's mostly libruls anyways! brewens Jan 2014 #1
IMO deathrind Jan 2014 #2
Alaska's late governor Wally Hickel decades ago Blue_In_AK Jan 2014 #3
Yep... National Aquaducts Might Become A Necessity... WillyT Jan 2014 #5
Well.....if you want to know the truth... KoKo Jan 2014 #4
Make me up and drink me... Oh and also get more chai Arcanetrance Jan 2014 #6
A 3d printer that will print a house in 24 hours is under development. Agnosticsherbet Jan 2014 #7
Tell Me...Will It Effectively Print Money ??? WillyT Jan 2014 #8
They use another printer for that. Agnosticsherbet Jan 2014 #9
CA drought is HUGE concern... 1/3 or more of your food comes from here. alittlelark Jan 2014 #10


(1,786 posts)
2. IMO
Wed Jan 22, 2014, 09:54 PM
Jan 2014

President Carter was right on target with his national address about the consumer society that was evolving. The chasing of profit and growth (over basic human conditions/standards of living) has caused humanity to simply lose sight of...humanity. At some point in the future this will self correct, unfortunately this correction will take place because survival will depend upon it and not by choice to just be a better species. It will be a very different planet when this happens and I doubt any of us alive today will live to see it. Future generations will look back upon us with distain and wonder how we could have let it happen as we look back on past generations. This is what my "Tea Leafs" tell me.


(46,436 posts)
3. Alaska's late governor Wally Hickel decades ago
Wed Jan 22, 2014, 09:57 PM
Jan 2014

used to cause Alaskans to roll their eyes when he suggested that Alaska should build a water pipeline to the Lower 48 and sell our water. Now it sounds like an idea whose time has come.


(11,619 posts)
7. A 3d printer that will print a house in 24 hours is under development.
Wed Jan 22, 2014, 10:39 PM
Jan 2014
Researchers Are Making A 3D Printer That Can Build A House In 24 Hours

They of the loss of construction jobs. The article glosses over the loss of jobs. What will it be like living in a civilization where the majority don't work at anything but the most menial labor? If we do all our work with robots and other new technologies, what happens to the vast majority of humans. somehow, I don't foresee us become a civilization of Lotus eaters that lay back on our couches whle machines toil away for us.


(18,884 posts)
10. CA drought is HUGE concern... 1/3 or more of your food comes from here.
Thu Jan 23, 2014, 01:12 AM
Jan 2014

....that said, the agricultural model for 95% of the Central Valley farms is unsustainable. The huge agri-business interests have used synthetic (ie:salt-based) fertilizers for so long that their crops need huge amts of water to overcome the salinity. They need more and more water every year.... it is quite literally unsustainable.

Those that only look at profits and not sustainability are running the show.

I wish a board member or 2 would sit in on some of our Horticulture classes at Foothill College. They would be shocked/horrified.... but perhaps the %age w/a moral compass or foresight would be able to convey the message.

Latest Discussions»General Discussion»Tell Me... What Are YOUR ...