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Study: Millennials most concerned about losing their jobs to robots

Smartsheet last week released its “State of Automation 2017” study which provides a breakdown of industry attitudes toward automation. While an overwhelming percentage of those surveyed believe that automation can improve their workplace (97 percent), it’s clear that millennials are far more likely than any other group to consider automation a threat to their employment. The study was based on a survey conducted on behalf of Smartsheet by Market Cube and took into account answers provided by 1,000 information workers. Respondents were considered information workers if they were over the age of 18, spend at least half of their day…

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What the media gets wrong about Donald Trump, according to the NYT’s Maggie Haberman

“Shrill” outrage and grandstanding only hurt the media’s credibility, Haberman says.

New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman is known for her deeply sourced stories about what’s really happening at the Trump White House. She says the gap between what people close to Trump know and what everyone else believes has been a defining trait throughout his public life — and also a potential pitfall for reporters.

“The five-borough view in New York City, of Trump, is so unbelievably different than the national view of Trump,” Haberman said on the latest episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher, recorded live in Austin, Texas at the 2017 Texas Tribune Festival. “The national view was formed over 14 years of ‘The Apprentice.’ I was amazed and people would go to Iowa and people would describe him like Thomas Edison: ‘He’s this innovator, he formed this huge business, he’s decisive’ and it’s, like, he fired Gary Busey. That’s who we’re talking about.”

“It’s always a mirage,” she added. “There was a side that was like, ‘Everybody knows this!’ Well, actually, everybody doesn’t know this. That, I would say, is one of my biggest failings during the campaign.”

And “everybody” doesn’t just mean “Apprentice”-watching voters. Haberman said her colleagues at the New York Times who had not covered the campaign but are now covering the White House were at a “severe disadvantage” when Trump took office.

“For the first six months, you were learning how strange this all is,” she said. “My then-colleague Ashley Parker, we did a briefing for the D.C. bureau just after the election, to tell them what to prepare for and people thought I was kidding. ‘He will point to this table and say it’s a sofa,’ just sort of along those lines.”

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On the new podcast, Haberman and fellow guest David Fahrenthold, who has covered Trump for the Washington Post, said many journalists have not handled the adjustment to Trump’s reality well. Haberman called out the often-“shrill” coverage of every @realDonaldTrump tweet as an equivalent outrage and cited the 1987 movie “Broadcast News.”

“There’s a scene where one of the new anchors is confronting a military general and he keeps in the clip of him confronting the guy,” she recalled. “John Cusack says, ‘I love that you left that in,’ and Albert Brooks says, ‘Yes, let’s never forget, we’re the real story! Not them.’”

“Some of the — ‘Oh my God, he’s being so harsh on the media!’” she added, alluding to social media grandstanding. “Like, nobody gives a shit about the media being treated poorly … We don’t need a hug. That’s not what we’re in this business for.”

Fahrenthold agreed, arguing that bashing the media is the easiest way for otherwise irrelevant “conservative activists” like former sheriff David Clarke to stay in the conversation.

“I think it’s a bad thing that he’s attacking the media and undermining our credibility,” he said. “The response from us, to your point, cannot be outrage. It cannot be that we make ourselves the story … By us being outraged and taking ourselves out of the job that we do to become spokespeople and activists, I think that ultimately helps it [media-bashing] and incentivizes people to continue doing it.”

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Short Trip is an aimless game that is all about a delightful web experience

Not every game needs a purpose or a thrilling ending to suck you in – and this little web experience nothing but proves this. Unlike most game, Short Trip has no apparent aim or a quest set in sight. It starts off unassumingly, without a bang and without any instructions. All you have to go by is its cat-like residents, its gorgeously drawn landscape and the soothing sounds that come along with it. The setting seems simple at first glance, but it feels palpably mysterious – and not in a threatening way. The controls are equally straightforward. Hold the right…

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Stephen Hawking Has Flawed Ideas About Alien Life, According to Former SETI Scientist

Calling All Aliens

As autumn brings with it cooler temperatures and clearer night skies, Douglas Vakoch, president of Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence (METI), wants you to take the opportunity to survey the glory of our galaxy — and to contemplate the existence of alien life.

“You look at the night sky — virtually all of those stars have planets,” Rosenberg said in an exclusive interview with Futurism. “Maybe one out of five has it at just the right zone where there’s liquid water. And so we know there are a lot of places that there could be life. Now the big question is, are they actually trying to make contact, or do they want us to try?”

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METI’s stance is that we should assume the latter, and the collection of scientists have taken it upon themselves to reach out to any potential alien civilizations. In fact, the next transmission planned for next year. However, there have long been voices opposed to this strategy — perhaps the most prominent of which being Stephen Hawking.

Hawking, a noted physicist and author, supports the search for aliens, but regularly cautions against attempting contact. Hawking argued in “Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places,” a video on the platform CuriosityStream, that aliens could be “vastly more powerful and may not see us as any more valuable than we see bacteria.”

Paying Our Dues?

These are not warnings that Vakoch takes lightly. “Well, when Stephen Hawking, a brilliant cosmologist, has said, ‘whatever you do, don’t transmit, we don’t want the aliens to come to Earth,’ You’ve got to take it seriously,” Vakoch told Futurism.

But there’s one key point that Hawking really doesn’t seem to take into consideration in this assessment, Vakoch said.

It’s the fact that every civilization that does have the ability to travel to Earth could already pick up I Love Lucy. So we have been sending our existence into space with radio signals for 78 years. Even before that, two and a half billion years, we have been telling the Universe that there is life on here because of the oxygen in our atmosphere. So if there’s any alien out there paranoid about competition, it could have already come and wipe us out. If they’re on their way, it’s a lot better strategy to say we’re interested in being conversational partners. Let’s strike up a new conversation.

It’s Vakoch’s belief that humanity’s first contact with alien life will occur within our lifetimes. But even if it does not, he believes the METI project will be foundational to any relationship our world builds with others.

“Sometimes people talk about this interstellar communication as an effort to join the galactic club. What I find so strange is no one ever talks about paying our dues or even submitting an application. And that’s what METI does,” Vakoch said. “It’s actually contributing something to the galaxy instead of saying gimme gimme gimme me. What can we do for someone else.”

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