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Bill Gates - Robots and Artificial Intelligence

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Bill Gates, meet Ned Ludd. Ned, meet Bill.


Bill Gates, meet Ned Ludd. Ned, meet Bill.

Ludd was the 18th-century folk hero of anti-industrialists. As the possibly apocryphal story goes, in the 1770s he busted up a few stocking frames—knitting machines used to make socks and other clothing—to protest the labor-saving devices. Taking up his cause a few decades later, a band of self-described "Luddites" rebelled by smashing some of the machines that powered the Industrial Revolution.

Apparently this is the sort of behavior that would make Mr. Gates proud. Last month in an interview with the website Quartz, the Microsoft founder and richest man alive said it would be OK to tax job-killing robots. If a $50,000 worker was replaced by a robot, the government would lose income-tax revenue. Therefore, Mr. Gates suggested, the feds can make up their loss with "some type of robot tax."

This is the dumbest idea since Messrs. Smoot and Hawley rampaged through the U.S. Capitol in 1930. It's a shame, especially since Bill Gates is one of my heroes.

When I started working on Wall Street, I was taken into rooms with giant sheets of paper spread across huge tables. People milled about armed with rulers, pencils and X-Acto Knives, creating financial models and earnings estimates.

Spreadsheets, get it? This all disappeared quickly when VisiCalc, Lotus 1-2-3 and eventually Microsoft Excel automated the calculations. Some fine motor-skill workers and maybe a few math majors lost jobs, but hundreds of thousands more were hired to model the world. Should we have taxed software because it killed jobs? Put levies on spell checkers because copy editors are out of work?

Mr. Gates killed as many jobs as anyone: secretaries, typesetters, tax accountants—the list doesn't end. It's almost indiscriminate destruction. But he's my hero because he made the world productive, rolling over mundane and often grueling jobs with automation. The American Dream is not sorting airline tickets, setting type or counting $20 bills. Better jobs emerged.

Mr. Gates may be worth $86 billion—who's counting?—but the rest of the world made multiples of his fortune using his tools. Society as a whole is better off. In August 1981, when Microsoft's operating system first began to ship, U.S. employment stood at 91 million jobs. The economy has since added 53 million jobs, outpacing the rate of population growth.

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Bill Gates, meet Ned Ludd. Ned, meet Bill. Ludd was the 18th-century folk hero of anti-industrialists. 
As the possibly apocryphal story goes,  in 1779, Ludd is supposed to have broken two stocking frames in a fit of rage. 
After this incident, attacks on the frames were jokingly blamed on Ludd. When the "Luddites" emerged in the 1810s, his identity was appropriated to become the folkloric character of Captain Ludd, also known as King Ludd or General Ludd, the Luddites' alleged leader and founder.



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105-year-old marathoner shares healthy living advice

Fauja Singh is seen at the finish line of the Toronto waterfront marathon in 2011, when he set a world record for oldest runner, and first centenarian, to run that distance.
Fauja Singh is seen at the finish line of the Toronto waterfront marathon in 2011, when he set a world record for oldest runner, and first centenarian, to run that distance.

105-year-old marathoner coming to town to share healthy living advice

Fauja Singh to speak at Stop Diabetes Foundation’s annual healthy living event

CBC News Posted: May 20, 2016

 If a 105-year-old isn't using his age to get out of running regularly, what's your excuse?

Fauja Singh is a world record-holding runner and the first 100-year-old to complete a marathon (a feat he achieved in Toronto in 2011).

He retired from marathons just before his 102nd birthday but still runs and walks for recreation, and he's in town from England for an event promoting diabetes prevention and healthy living.

Endocrinologist Dr. Harpreet Singh Bajaj, founder of the STOP Diabetes Foundation, invited Singh to speak at this weekend's event, which is aimed at a community with a high rate of diabetes.

"He runs for health and he wants to inspire people to take up running for health," Bajaj said Friday in an interview on CBC Radio's Metro Morning. "He's inspired me to start running. Last year I completed my first marathon."

According to Bajaj, Peel Region, which has a large South Asian community, has the highest rate of diabetes in Canada. Worldwide, South Asians have three to four times the risk of developing diabetes, he said.

The key components of Singh's healthy lifestyle — eating less, exercising more and keeping a positive attitude — are major parts of disease prevention, Bajaj said.

"One of the things people can learn from him is nothing is impossible," said Bajaj. "If you take your health into your hands, you can prevent diseases from happening to you."

Singh has much to teach the community about healthy living and reducing their risk of developing a disease that has no cure, he said.

So how is it possible that a man more than a century old can continue running, when 40-year-olds bow out due to joint pain and other ailments.

Singh said a positive outlook is essential. 

"It's all in the mind," he said. "People complain of joint pain because they are sitting too long." 
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