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- The Eccentric Genius Whose Time May Have Finally Come (Again) (Doug Hill, The Atlantic) Norbert Wiener was an early leader in the science behind automation and the interfaces between man and machine. He was the developer of cybernetics a discipline at the heart of robotics, artificial intelligence and all the jobs destroying technology of the 21st century. The article is written because there is a memorial engineering conference scheduled in Boston later this month dedicated to Wiener and modern research on cybernetics.
- China Now Has More Millionaires Than Any Country but the U.S. (Jason Chow, The Wall Street Journal) The number of millionaires in China increased 82% in 2013 to 2.378 million. This moved the country ahead of Japan which had 1.24 million millionaire households last year. The two countries had been in a virtual tie in 2012. If China were to experience two more years of 82% growth the country would reach a millionaire household count of nearly 8 million, eclipsing the current number of U.S. millionaires (7.135 million).
- Be brave, Republicans (The Economist) The Economist argues for nourishment of the good ideas within the Republican Party and not the use of the Cantor defeat as justification to strengthen their public face “yet again as a bunch of angry, old, white men“. See also Did Cooter From ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ Beat Eric Cantor? (Eleanor Clift, The Daily Beast)
- Paraplegic to Kick Off Soccer World Cup After Medical Miracle (Bill Neely, NBC News)
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