Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Sunday Review Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Sunday Review | Don’t Fight the Robots. Tax Them. Supported by news analysis Many companies invest in automation because the tax code encourages it, not because robots are more productive. ByEduardo Porter Mr. Porter is an economics writer for The Times. Feb. 23, 2019 When Bill Gates floated the idea of imposing a tax on robots a couple of years ago, Lawrence Summers, a former top economic adviser to President Barack Obama, called the Microsoft co-founder “profoundly misguided.” How do you even define a robot to tax it? And taxing innovation is a sure way to make a country poorer. Europe has also rejected the idea. In 2017 the European Parliament soundly defeated a draft motion, proposed by its committee on legal affairs, that recommended considering a tax on the owners of robots to fund … [Read more...] about Don’t Fight the Robots. Tax Them.
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Reader Center Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Reader Center | What if You Could Literally Talk to The New York Times? Supported by Dan Sanchez, editorial lead for our new voice initiative — enabling you to “hear the news,” straight from Times journalists, via Alexa — answers questions about what that conversation could be like. ByLela Moore Jan. 14, 2019 Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. More than two-thirds of smart-speaker owners in the United States use them to listen to the news, according to a 2018 Nielsen survey released at the end of September. Soon after that survey was released, a team of students who built an app for Alexa-enabled devices in a “computational journalism” class at Stanford concluded that opportunities for … [Read more...] about What if You Could Literally Talk to The New York Times?
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Science Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Science | Rocket Launches, Trips to the Moon and More Space and Astronomy Events in 2019 Supported by ByMichael Roston Jan. 1, 2019 Just as we’ve caught our breaths from 2018’s exciting and very busy year in space and astronomy, 2019 is already off to a rapid start. Before we finish the first week of this year, we’ll see NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft complete a flyby of the most distant object ever visited in the solar system. However much you love space and astronomy, we know it can be challenging to keep on top of the latest out-of-this-world news. We’ve put dates for these events and more on The Times’s Astronomy and Space Calendar, which has been updated for 2019. Subscribe on your personal digital calendar, and you’ll be automatically synced with our updates all … [Read more...] about Rocket Launches, Trips to the Moon and More Space and Astronomy Events in 2019
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Personal Tech Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by Tech We’re Using BySteve Lohr June 27, 2018 How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Steve Lohr, a technology reporter in New York, discussed the tech he’s using. You’ve worked for The Times for nearly 40 years, so you’re like our in-house historian. Tell us a little about that history. I joined The Times when I was 28 years old, in December 1979. I spent less than two years in New York, and then a decade as a foreign correspondent, based in Tokyo, Manila and London. Then, I did a couple of years in two editing stints, before I was able to get back to being a reporter. Over the years, the subjects have run the gamut, including magazine profiles that ranged from the star female impersonator in Kabuki theater to Steve Jobs. How … [Read more...] about Now He Pulls Data Off the Web. In 1979, It Was Clips From the ‘Morgue.’
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Business Day Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by Fast-growing economies in Eastern Europe have led to severe labor shortages, so companies are calling in the machines. ByLiz Alderman April 16, 2018 PRAGUE Raising wages didn’t help. Nor did offers to subsidize housing. So he turned to the robots. “We can’t find enough humans,” said Mr. Frolik, whose company, Linet, makes state-of-the art hospital beds sold in over 100 countries. “We’re trying to replace people with machines wherever we can.” Such talk usually conjures visions of a future where employees are no longer needed. In many major economies, companies are experimenting with replacing factory workers, truck drivers and even lawyers with artificial intelligence, raising the specter of a mass displacement of jobs. But in Eastern Europe, robots are being enlisted as … [Read more...] about Robots Ride to the Rescue Where Workers Can’t Be Found