NEW TECHNOLOGIES and LABOUR
“Shut down the Internet and we’ll take it away from you.” This is a new response, from telecom industry advocates, to African governments threatening to shut down the Internet in the face of political uncertainty. globalvoices.org/
As the world marks World Press Freedom day on Wednesday, African journalists are facing a new trend of attack – social media threats. africanews.com/
When new employees join Uber, they are asked to subscribe to 14 core company values, including making bold bets, being “obsessed” with the customer, and “always be hustlin’.” The ride-hailing service particularly emphasizes “meritocracy,” the idea that the best and brightest will rise to the top based on their efforts, even if it means stepping on toes to get there. nytimes.com/
Get rid of those pesky sailors who eat, sleep, get sick and drink and get paid!
“The technologies needed to make remote and autonomous ships a reality exist – the sensor technology needed is sound and commercially available and the algorithms needed for robust decision support systems – the vessels’ ‘virtual captain’ – are not far away.” worldmaritimenews.com/
The smart technology leading to an explosive growth of robotic replacement for human labor has begun to flourish beyond the traditional manufacturing bases, but also in China’s service industry. Robots have replaced humans in manual work in 5,000 industrial programs over the past four years in Zhejiang Province. china.org.cn/