Robots and tax: paying the freight

via Robots and tax: paying the freight –

The Future of Work/ Automation debate rumbles on. UBI seems to be back in the news, and even luminaries such as Bill Gates are positing there has to be some fiscal redistribution. CSIRO’s Data61 chief executive Adrian Turner presents the counter-argument. Well, actually, I’m not sure the article does that but Turner sees the displacement of jobs as inevitable, sector by sector and doesn’t agree with the idea of a robot tax, rather that society focus on re-skilling people out of disrupted industries into newly created jobs.

Aussie startup: Ancient sites in VR

via Australian archaeological startup raises $679,000 to rebuild ancient sites in VR | VentureBeat | AR/VR | by Dean Takahashi

Archaeology becomes easier in VR, where you can walk around ancient buildings as if they were still there. Lithodomos VR has raised $900,000 in Australian dollars ($679,000 U.S.) in a seed funding round.

“Have you ever stood in front of historic ruins, the Parthenon for example, and closed your eyes, imagining what the site before you would have looked like centuries ago? Thanks to virtual reality, seeing ruins as they looked in their heyday is both possible and easy” founder Simon Young recently told the Smithsonian Newsletter during an interview.

So, I have shelled out the $2.99 for the Ancient Jerusalem App and shall report back…

Mixed Reality (MR) Update

via Mixed Reality will be most important tech of 2017

A hybrid of both AR and VR, Mixed Reality (MR) is far more advanced than Virtual Reality because it combines the use of several types of technologies including sensors, advanced optics and next gen computing power. All of this technology bundled into a single device will provide the user with the capability to overlay augmented holographic digital content into your real-time space

Microsoft Hololens demo video

Preserving the past

via You Can Now Wear a Nanoscale Archive of 1,000 Languages Around Your Neck

Embedded in a sphere of steel and glass, the “Rosetta Disk” is a physical disk containing over 13,000 pages etched with information on over 1,500 different human languages. The disk itself is made of electroformed nickel, contains useful information down to the nanoscale, was built to withstand multiple generations, and only requires basic technology to read—a microscope.