Apple’s numbers prove again that Silicon Valley is run by white and Asian men – Depending on where you have dinner in Napa, you can see this phenomenon play out anecdotally in terms of who has money to eat posh. And it follows the pattern asserted in this Quartz article. Diversity on the East Coast of the US and diversity on the West Coast are conceptualized differently, but the structure of diversity in companies like Apple is narrow within the context of California demographics in general.
At first glance, Apple has better workplace diversity statistics than many peers. But look at the numbers for technology employees and management—the people who have the most influence and the highest salaries within the companies—and consider the gender gap in each of these groups, and things start to get much more homogenous. Apple only slightly raises what’s a very low bar—which is something not lost on CEO Tim Cook. –Quartz
If Schools Don’t Change, Robots Will Bring On a ‘Permanent Underclass': Report – Although I tend to dislike scare pieces about how technology is displacing humans, I definitely agree that our tendency to routinize learning, even in the way we organize classroom seating and lesson planning, does not optimize creativity and critical thinking. Moreover, we know that it takes work to maintain the middle class, and the way the US middle class has been shrinking should frighten us, not necessarily because of technology, but because of the incredible importance the middle class plays in protecting economic and social stability.
If the education system doesn’t change to start pumping out technologically savvy, creative people as the rule, not the exception, the rise of robot workers is “certain to lead to an increase in income inequality, a continued hollowing out of the middle class, and even riots, social unrest, and/or the creation of a permanent, unemployable ‘underclass,'” the Pew report concludes.
Yes, historically, technology has killed certain types of jobs while creating others. But what we’re seeing happen right now isn’t merely a redistribution of unskilled jobs to other sectors over the course of a couple decades, or the outsourcing of factory workers to other countries or cities with better tax breaks.
Instead, it’s wiping out entire industries, entire swaths of the economy, in years, not decades. And it’s killing white collar jobs as frequently as it’s killing blue collar ones. –Vice
Is Twitter the worst place or the best after someone famous dies? I think it’s the latter – Matthew Ingram’s argument that the “shared sense of mourning” on social media is a positive thing, and that despite some of the unsavory side effects of the publicity tumult following the death of someone like Robin Williams, that the sense of communal exchange and sharing outweighs the negative. I have not been terribly immersed in social media lately, so I’m not weighing in with an opinion, but I have seen some pretty moving tributes to Williams online, and they have served as the catalyst for many cathartic and substantive real life discussions about the man and the very serious issues he was dealing with and that surround his death.
What I get from the network during such events is something similar to what happens when we hear about a friend who has passed away: a sense of shock and regret, but also funny stories about that person, snapshots in time that remind you of them and how they made you feel. Byers says in his post: “As for what I thought about — what movie, what stand-up routine, what quote — do you really care?” And my response would be yes, I do. Seeing people share their favorite movies and lines from Williams’ standup routines reminded me of what I loved about his comedy, and of the moments I remember watching his movies with others. –Gigaom
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