a paper in the World Economic Review finds that the poorest 60% of the world’s people receive only 5% of the additional income generated by rising GDP.Black Friday is right: our relentless consumption is trashing the planet | George Monbiot
A global growth rate of 3% means that the size of the world economy doubles every 24 years.Black Friday is right: our relentless consumption is trashing the planet | George Monbiot
Research by Oxfam suggests that the world’s richest 1% (if your household has an income of £70,000 or more, this means you) produce about 175 times as much carbon as the poorest 10%.Black Friday is right: our relentless consumption is trashing the planet | George Monbiot
real wages for the top 1% of earners fell by 3.1% in 2016, and were lower that year than they were in 2007.Blue-collar wages are surging. Can it last?
At 89%, male prime-age participation remains close to a record low.Blue-collar wages are surging. Can it last?
In the five years following the end of the recession in June 2009 wages and salaries rose by only 8.7%, while prices increased by 9.5%.Blue-collar wages are surging. Can it last?
In 2015 median household income, adjusted for inflation, rose by 5.2%; in 2016 it was up by another 3.2%. During those two years, poorer households gained more, on average, than richer ones.Blue-collar wages are surging. Can it last?
Eighth graders who spend 10 or more hours a week on social media are 56 percent more likely to say they are unhappy than those who spend less time.How Evil Is Tech?
Teens who spend three or more hours a day on electronic devices are 35 percent more likely to have a risk factor for suicide, like making a plan for how to do it.How Evil Is Tech?
Eighth graders who are heavy users of social media increase their risk of depression by 27 percent.How Evil Is Tech?
Aggregate labor productivity growth in the U.S. averaged only 1.3% per year from 2005 to 2016, less than half the 2.8% annual growth rate sustained from 1995 to 2004.Artificial Intelligence and Productivity: NBER Takes a Look
The unweighted average annual labor productivity growth rates across a group of 29 countries, (excluding the US, and excluding emerging market nations) tracked by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), were 2.3% from 1995 to 2004 but have been only 1.1% since 2005.Artificial Intelligence and Productivity: NBER Takes a Look
The warehouse industry employed 960,400 Americans in October, up 42 percent over the past decade, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Now the industry is struggling to find the workers it needs: 219,000 employees were hired by transportation, warehousing, and utilities companies in September, while another 246,000 open positions went unfilled.Robot Makers Fill Their War Chests in Fight Against Amazon
Beijing announced in October 2015 that it now had 100% coverage.China to have 626M surveillance cameras within 3 years
the UK is still considered to be the most monitored country overall, with previous research showing it had 20% of the world’s cameras for just 1% of the world’s population.China to have 626M surveillance cameras within 3 years
Only 5% of consumer spending globally currently happens onlineThe world's youngest self-made billionaire
In the United States alone, production and use of construction sand and gravel was valued at $8.9 billion in 2016, and production has increased by 24 percent in the past five years.The World Is Running Out of Sand
Analyst firm Gartner predicted that 85% of all customer interactions will take place without a human agent by 2020.Everyone is freaking out about artificial intelligence stealing jobs and leading to war — and totally missing the point
The United States also stands out in terms of how much money its elite professionals earn relative to the median worker. Workers at the 90th percentile of the income distribution for professionals make 3.5 times the earnings of the typical (median) worker in all occupations in the United States.Dispelling misconceptions about what’s driving income inequality in the U.S.
In the United States, the richest 1 percent have seen their share of national income roughly double since 1980, to 20 percent in 2014 from 10 percent.Dispelling misconceptions about what’s driving income inequality in the U.S.
there is no correlation across countries between the change in labor’s share of G.D.P. since 1980 and an increase in the income share of the top 1 percent.Dispelling misconceptions about what’s driving income inequality in the U.S.
tech industries in the United States have contributed just a tiny bit to the rise of the 1 percent, and the salaries of engineers and software developers rarely reach the 1 percent threshold of an annual income of $390,000.Dispelling misconceptions about what’s driving income inequality in the U.S.
60 percent of low-digital jobs are susceptible to automation, while the same is true for only about 30 percent of the tasks in high-digital occupations.America's Growing Gap in Digital Job Skills
Wages are not only higher for more highly digitalized occupations, they have grown faster, increasing at 0.8 percent a year for high- digital jobs compared to 0.3 percent for medium-digital jobs and 0.2 percent for low-digital jobs.America's Growing Gap in Digital Job Skills
there has been a massive increase in the share of highly digital jobs between 2002 and 2016, when these jobs jumped from less than five percent to nearly a quarter of all U.S. jobs.America's Growing Gap in Digital Job Skills
Britain recorded 2,255 modern slavery offenses across England and Wales last year, a 159 percent increase from the previous year.Slavery Ensnares Thousands in U.K. Here’s One Teenage Girl’s Story
60% of shoppers think they typically know more about products than the store associates. 43% of millennials (43%) even think that robots could replace human store associates.Retailers Use AI to Improve the Connected Shopper Experience
40% of millennials (ages 18-36) are using voice-enabled digital assistants, such as Amazon Echo and Google Home to research products online.Retailers Use AI to Improve the Connected Shopper Experience
87% of shoppers have visited a retail store within the past month. In fact, millennials are more likely to visit stores than baby boomers (78% versus 70%).Retailers Use AI to Improve the Connected Shopper Experience
existing cancer immunotherapy drugs work in only 20% to 30% of patients.Nanoparticles awaken immune cells to fight cancer
According to Gartner Amazon Web Services (AWS) will soon have 80 percent of the public cloud market.Amazon Is Becoming the New Microsoft
Single dog owners seemed to benefit the most - with a 33% reduction in risk of early death and 11% reduction in risk of heart attack compared to single non-owners.
The National Association of Realtors commissioned a recent study that predicted that the elimination of the deduction for state and local taxes could result in a decrease in home valuations of between 10 percent and 17 percent.“It’s a Ponzi Scheme”: Wall Street Fears Trump’s Deranged Tax Plan
restaurant jobs have a high turnover. The rate was 76 percent last year, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics.Robot restaurants put a new spin on fast casual
Norway derives about 20 percent of its economic output from oil and gas.Norway Idea to Exit Oil Stocks Is ‘Shot Heard Around the World’
Norway’s fund is the world’s largest equity investor, controlling about 1.5 percent of global stocks.Norway Idea to Exit Oil Stocks Is ‘Shot Heard Around the World’
Only 5% of all the inventors surveyed had applied for a patent before the age of 25.Studies suggest that many inventors do their best work at later stages
The warmer the planet gets, the more ozone forms, and by mid-century, Americans will likely suffer a 70 percent increase in unhealthy ozone smog, the National Center for Atmospheric Research has projected.When Will Climate Change Make the Earth Too Hot for Humans?
the basic rule for staple cereal crops grown at optimal temperature is that for every degree of warming, yields decline by 10 percent. Some estimates run as high as 15 or even 17 percent.When Will Climate Change Make the Earth Too Hot for Humans?
Today, trucks carry 70 percent of all goods shipped in the US, about 10.7 billion tons this year, pulling in $719 billion in revenue.What Does Tesla's Automated Truck Mean for Truckers? | WIRED
The American Trucking Associations reports the annual driver turnover for large truckload carriers reached a whopping 90 percent this year, and it projects 50,000-driver shortage by the end of 2017.What Does Tesla's Automated Truck Mean for Truckers? | WIRED
The median annual wage for delivery and heavy truck drivers is $34,768, 11 percent higher than the country's median wage.What Does Tesla's Automated Truck Mean for Truckers? | WIRED
From 2014 to 2016, transit ridership declined 4.5 percent across the U.S., while vehicle miles traveled have increased steadily in recent years, thanks mainly to cheap gas prices and the economy’s uptick.Denver Radically Expanded Its Transit, So Why Are More People Driving Cars?
U.S. labor productivity increased just 0.3 percent a year between 2011 and 2016, and it hasn’t grown more than two percent in any given year since the tech boom.If You Want to get More Done, Stop Equating Mobile Tech with Productivity
the British public believes tax avoidance to be commonplace (around one third of taxpayers are assumed to have exploited a tax loophole). In moral terms, people seem rather ambivalent; less than half (48%) thought that legal tax avoidance was “usually or always wrong”.Why do we care more about benefit ‘scroungers’ than billions lost to the rich?
two out of three patients with the most severe form of locked-in syndrome, called complete locked-in syndrome, could communicate using the system with about 80% accuracy.mindBEAGLE Brain-Computer Interface Gives Non-Speaking, Immobilized People a Voice
At M.I.T., 43 percent of graduate students are foreign nationals, many of whom receive international funding.The House Just Voted to Bankrupt Graduate Students
older adults who practice specific computer training exercises that test how fast they respond to visual stimuli could face a 29 percent lower chance of developing dementiaPlaying video games reduces dementia risk in seniors, says study
more than half of the carbon humanity has exhaled into the atmosphere in its entire history has been emitted in just the past three decades; since the end of World War II, the figure is 85 percent.When Will Climate Change Make the Earth Too Hot for Humans?
There is a 12 percent chance that climate change will reduce global output by more than 50 percent by 2100, they say, and a 51 percent chance that it lowers per capita GDP by 20 percent or more by then, unless emissions decline.When Will Climate Change Make the Earth Too Hot for Humans?
their median projection is for a 23 percent loss in per capita earning globally by the end of this century (resulting from changes in agriculture, crime, storms, energy, mortality, and labor).When Will Climate Change Make the Earth Too Hot for Humans?
Every degree Celsius of warming costs, on average, 1.2 percent of GDP (an enormous number, considering we count growth in the low single digits as “strong”).When Will Climate Change Make the Earth Too Hot for Humans?
For every half-degree of warming, they say, societies will see between a 10 and 20 percent increase in the likelihood of armed conflict.When Will Climate Change Make the Earth Too Hot for Humans?
Credit Suisse Group recently estimated that reducing attrition by 1 percentage point saves the bank from $75 million to $100 million a year.The Fight to Mine Your Data and Sell It to Your Boss
the Amish that carried this mutation also seemed to have longer telomeres than those who did not—about 10 percent longer.The Amish may hold the secret to long life in their genes
animals now make up some 49% of agricultural emissions in the United StatesWhat would happen if all Americans went vegan?
Before the casino opened, Costello found that poor children scored twice as high as those who were not poor for symptoms of psychiatric disorders. But after the casino opened, the children whose families’ income rose above the poverty rate showed a 40 percent decrease in behavioral problems. Just four years after the casino opened, they were, behaviorally at least, no different from the kids who had never been poor at all.Free Money: The Surprising Effects of a Basic Income Supplied by Government
more money in the household meant children stayed in school longer. The impact on crime was just as profound: A $4,000 increase in household income reduced the poorest kids’ chances of committing a minor crime by 22 percent.Free Money: The Surprising Effects of a Basic Income Supplied by Government
Since 1980, average income for the top .01 percent of Americans has more than tripled. For the bottom 90 percent, it’s basically flat-lined.Free Money: The Surprising Effects of a Basic Income Supplied by Government
The International Monetary Fund predicts that inflation in Venezuela will hit 650% this year and 2,300% in 2018.Venezuela just defaulted, moving deeper into crisis
Individuals over the age of 65 make up more than a quarter of Japan’s total population, which is 127 million. By 2065, 40 percent of the population is estimated to belong to this demographic.Meet the robots caring for Japan’s aging population
McKinsey estimates, for instance, that 25% of a CEO’s job can be automated, including tasks like analyzing reports and preparing staff assignments.Automating my job taught me that robots aren’t as scary as we think
male actors spent more time on screen than female actors and also spoke more, accounting for 71.8 percent of the words spoken across all movies.AI tool quantifies power imbalance between female and male characters in Hollywood movies
2017 will see a 2 percent increase in the burning of fossil fuels, after nearly no growth in 2014, 2015 or 2016.Global Carbon Emissions Are Rising Again after 3 Flat Years
The reason for the increase, the report suggests, falls largely on China, whose 2017 emissions are projected to grow by about 3.5 percent, thanks to increases in the consumption of coal, oil and natural gas. India is also projected to see an increase in emissions by about 2 percent.Global Carbon Emissions Are Rising Again after 3 Flat Years
They experimented with knocking out a few different genes expressed by hepatocytes, but focused most of their attention on the cholesterol-regulating Pcsk9 gene. The researchers were able to eliminate this gene in more than 80 percent of liver cells, and the Pcsk9 protein was undetectable in these mice. They also found a 35 percent drop in the total cholesterol levels of the treated mice.CRISPR-carrying nanoparticles edit the genome
Using the new delivery technique, the researchers were able to cut out certain genes in about 80 percent of liver cells, the best success rate ever achieved with CRISPR in adult animals.CRISPR-carrying nanoparticles edit the genome
Sixty-four percent of the U.S. population now wants to lift the federal ban on marijuana, according to a Gallup poll released last month.Budweiser's ex-marketing chief: Weed is the new craft beer
That's the largest rating since the firm started asking about the topic in 1969, the year of the Woodstock music festival, when only 12 percent approved.Budweiser's ex-marketing chief: Weed is the new craft beer
In September 1977, about 18.3 million people, or more than 18 percent of the U.S. labor force, worked in U.S. manufacturing. Forty years later, that number has since slipped to 12.4 million, or less than 8 percent, even as the general U.S. population has surged to 326 million, U.S. Census figures show.Trade school, not 4-year college, is a better bet to solve the US income gap
Those who swap processed meats and fatty foods for a mostly plant-based diet are 42 per cent less likely to develop heart failure.Going vegetarian slashes the risk of heart failure by 42%
80 percent of people with sleep apnea -- a disorder that disrupts your breathing during sleep -- don't even realize they have it.DeepHeart AI IDs sleep apnea, hypertension via Apple Watch
wearables can suggest the presence of hypertension and sleep apnea with 82 percent and 90 percent accuracy, so long as they come equipped with heart rate sensors and accelerometers.DeepHeart AI IDs sleep apnea, hypertension via Apple Watch
Mozilla has a distributed workforce which arose organically from its volunteer-based business model. The company employs 1,100 workers spread out among 24 different countries and has 43 percent of its paid staff working remotely.Digital Nomads Went from Niche to Normal
the average telecommuter is college educated, 49, and earns a salary of $58,000. Three quarters of remote workers earn more than $65,000 per year, placing them in the 80th percentile of all workers—including those that work in offices.Digital Nomads Went from Niche to Normal
The number of workers who telecommute across industries rose 5.6 percent between 2013 and 2014 from 3.4 million to 3.6 million workers, according to Global Workplace AnalyticsDigital Nomads Went from Niche to Normal
GitHub is considered a leader in the space of distributed work. Although GitHub is headquartered in San Francisco, the company’s roughly 600 employees are dispersed: 44 percent are based in the Bay Area, 35 percent are scattered around the US, and 20 percent are located internationally.Digital Nomads Went from Niche to Normal
By 2025, coal-fired power plant capacity will dip to 226,380 MW, down about 30% from 2011, according to EIA.Coal's Future Remains Bleak One Year After Trump's Election
U.S. coal production is on track to rise more than 8% in 2017 over the previous year, to 790 million tons, according to the Energy Information Administration. But 2018 output is expected to decline.Coal's Future Remains Bleak One Year After Trump's Election
The same number of stories also swayed public opinion by about 2.3 percent in the direction of the stories' ideological positions.Unusual experiment reveals the power of non-mainstream media
it only takes three or more stories from small news outlets covering the same topic to make discussions of that topic go up by 62.7 percent on Twitter.Unusual experiment reveals the power of non-mainstream media
A major investor is projecting Lyft will have boosted its share of U.S. ride-hailing business some 61 percent by the end of the year, climbing to about a third of the market.Lyft Set to Claim Third of U.S. Market in 2017
Forrester predicts that will eliminate 6 percent of all US jobs within the next three years, and while AI will create new jobs, the net loss by 2025 will be 7 percent.AI is synonymous with job automation in the minds of American workers
According to a new study conducted by my team at SYZYGY, 70 percent of the American public fear that AI will have a negative impact on employment in the US.AI is synonymous with job automation in the minds of American workers
On average, Americans in work today believe that 30 percent of their work could be replaced by AI-enabled automation technology within five years.AI is synonymous with job automation in the minds of American workers
96 per cent of childhood cancer survivors suffer a chronic illness by age 45, including cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancers unrelated to the original cancer.
90 percent of Americans overconsume sodium.Opinion | It Matters How We Eat Every Day
A 2017 Edelman survey found that 64 percent of respondents trusted search engines for news and information, a slight increase from the 61 percent who did in 2012, and notably more than the 57 percent who trusted traditional media.It’s time to stop trusting Google search already
AI-related industries are expected to generate up to 26% of China’s gross domestic product (GDP) by 2030.China's powerhouses focus on AI to surpass the US
China is the world’s second-largest investor in AI after the US — 66% of AI investments in 2016 were in US-based companies.China's powerhouses focus on AI to surpass the US
80 percent of all offices now have an open floor plan.You’re working in the wrong place if you’re working in an open office
By 2020, 20% of companies will dedicate workers to oversee AI neural networks for their businesses.Artificial Intelligence Is Already Common -- and It's About to Take Over
Market-leading companies could have 30% of their revenues siphoned off AI software platforms by 2019.Artificial Intelligence Is Already Common -- and It's About to Take Over
no state has passed legalization legislatively, despite Gallup putting national support at 64 percent.Legal pot in 100 days? New Jersey's next governor aims for national first
The robots correctly identified the murderer during the final part of an episode 60 per cent of the time. Although this lagged behind humans, who guessed correctly 85 per cent of the time, scientists claim it represents a big step forward in human understanding by computers.Computers trained with episodes of CSI to solve murder cases (but not as well as humans yet)
Despite being the most common medical procedure, 33% of first vein puncture attempts fail.Low-cost, non-invasive melanoma detector wins award
Given a ten percent chance of a 100 times payoff, you should take that bet every time. But you’re still going to be wrong nine times out of ten.Forget The 10,000-Hour Rule; Edison, Bezos, & Zuckerberg Follow The 10,000-Experiment Rule
In any given field, the top 10% of performers produce more than 50% of breakthroughs.Forget The 10,000-Hour Rule; Edison, Bezos, & Zuckerberg Follow The 10,000-Experiment Rule
A 2014 review of 88 previous studies found that “deliberate practice explained 26% of the variance in performance for games, 21% for music, 18% for sports, 4% for education, and less than 1% for professions.Forget The 10,000-Hour Rule; Edison, Bezos, & Zuckerberg Follow The 10,000-Experiment Rule
One response to the loss of store-based retail jobs is to note that the industry is adding positions at distribution centers to bolster its online operations. While that is true, many displaced retail workers don’t live near a shipping facility. The hiring also skews more toward men, as they make up two-thirds of the workforce, and retail store employees are 60 percent women.America’s ‘Retail Apocalypse’ Is Really Just Beginning
There is an 83 per cent chance that artificial intelligence will eventually takeover positions that pay low-wages, says White House's Council of Economic AdvisorsRobots could replace tens of thousands of employees at Deutsche Bank
70 per cent of Americans fear that their role will soon be taken by a robot.Robots could replace tens of thousands of employees at Deutsche Bank
Six per cent of the respondents said that they themselves have either lost a job or seen their hours or incomes cut because of automationRobots could replace tens of thousands of employees at Deutsche Bank
Three in 10 black households and 27% of Latino ones have zero or negative wealth, compared with 14% of white families.Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffett Are Richer Than Poorest Half of US
wealthiest 400 now have more wealth combined than the bottom 64% of the US population, an estimated 80m households or 204 million peopleBill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffett Are Richer Than Poorest Half of US
just 2 percent of Americans own or have owned the cryptocurrency, according to the surveyNearly a Third of Millennials Say They'd Rather Own Bitcoin Than Stocks
A survey by venture capital firm Blockchain Capital found that about 30 percent of those in the 18-to-34 age range would rather own $1,000 worth of Bitcoin than $1,000 of government bonds or stocks.Nearly a Third of Millennials Say They'd Rather Own Bitcoin Than Stocks
42 percent of millennials are at least somewhat familiar with bitcoin, compared with 15 percent among those ages 65 and up.Nearly a Third of Millennials Say They'd Rather Own Bitcoin Than Stocks
the World Economic Forum predicts that the rich world will lose 5 million jobs to robots by 2020, while a group of AI experts, writing in Scientific American, figures that 40 percent of the 500 biggest companies will vanish within a decade.You Will Lose Your Job to a Robot and Sooner Than You Think
PricewaterhouseCoopers recently released a study saying much the same. It predicts that 38 percent of all jobs in the United States are “at high risk of automation” by the early 2030s, most of them in routine occupations.You Will Lose Your Job to a Robot and Sooner Than You Think
From 1966 to 2012, 31 percent of the gunmen in mass shootings worldwide were AmericanWhat Explains U.S. Mass Shootings? We Have More Guns
Americans make up about 4.4 percent of the global population but own 42 percent of the world’s guns.What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings? We Have More Guns
Exxon predicts 90 percent of the transportation industry will rely on petroleum through 2040.Peak oil? Majors aren't buying into the threat from renewables
Exxon forecasts that transportation will require 25 percent more fuel by 2040, propelled by growth in Asia.Peak oil? Majors aren't buying into the threat from renewables
The International Energy Agency forecasts a 10 percent rise in oil demand through 2040, reflecting the consensus among oil firms.Peak oil? Majors aren't buying into the threat from renewables
Today, renewable power projects get about 3 percent of $100 billion in combined annual spending by the five biggest oil firms, according to energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie.Peak oil? Majors aren't buying into the threat from renewables
Revenge porn isn’t uncommon in the United States. Four percent of Internet users have fallen victim to it, and 10 percent of women under 30 have had someone threaten to post explicit photos of them online against their will, according to a 2016 study by Data & Society.Facebook says its needs your explicit photos to combat revenge porn
“Seventy-two percent of Americans say they feel worried about a future [in which] robots and computers can do many human jobs,”Artificial intelligence summit discusses impact of machines on jobs, productivity, and the global economy
The research and consulting firm thinks some 15% of the industry’s jobs are at risk.Deutsche Bank's CEO hints half its workers could be replaced by machines
California, Massachusetts and New York captured 75 percent of venture capital last year.'We've probably hit peak Silicon Valley,' AOL founder says
In many countries, up to 80% of the market is controlled by a handful of retailers, abusing their market power, marking up manufacturers’ prices by at least 30% to 50% and using inefficient supply chains, leading to higher costs and food waste.New disruptive platform promises UK brands the chance to sell direct to consumers - InternetRetailing
INS will enable consumers to save up to 30% on everyday shopping buying directly from grocery manufacturers.New disruptive platform promises UK brands the chance to sell direct to consumers - InternetRetailing
Estonia claims its online systems add 2% a year to its GDP.In Estonia virtually every process is digitized
Respondents expect their use of AI to increase a lot over the next five years. Currently, 30% of respondents use it “all the time” but 65% expect to use AI “all the time” in five years.There’s a fine line between what people want robots to do and not do for them