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Where are all the Contingent Workers
BLS released 2017 Contingent Worker Supplement (CWS). The results showed a slight decline in the percent of workers whose sole or main job was an alternative work arrangement from 10.7 in 2005 to 10.1 in 2017. How do we reconcile these findings with the CWS results? Where are all the contingent workers? We offer a few possibilities. A recent paper linking household survey respondents to tax filing data illustrates just how inconsistently people respond in different data sources: just 35 percent of respondents who filed the self-employment (SE) schedule on their taxes reported in the CPS that they are self-employed. Importantly, this discrepancy is increasing.
ESB6  ch1  ch5  ch6  part-time  parttimebusiness  surveys  data  contrarian  analysis  self-employment 
18 hours ago by jeromekatz
Ocean Protocol
A Decentralized Data Exchange Protocol to Unlock Data for AI
analysis  ai  blockchain 
yesterday by Z303
The Internet: Another 10 Years Later
In thinking about the technology of the Internet over the last ten years, it appears that it’s been a very mixed story about what’s changed and what’s stayed the same.

I’ll start with the underlying transmission media and then looking at IP, the transport layer, then applications and services, and closing with a look at the business of the Internet to highlight the last decade’s developments.
2018  analysis  networking  security  australia 
yesterday by bignose
Welcome to the Archives Unleashed Project
Jefferson Bailey is Director of Web Archiving at Internet Archive. Jefferson joined Internet Archive in Summer 2014 and manages Internet Archive’s web archiving services, including Archive-It, used by over 450 institutions to preserve the web. via Pocket
analysis  archives  data  nlp  people  places  tools 
2 days ago by kintopp
Henry Kissinger: ‘We are in a very, very grave period’
“I think Trump may be one of those figures in history who appears from time to time to mark the end of an era and to force it to give up its old pretences.”

Kissinger likes that question but declines to give odds as to its likelihood. “In the 1940s, the European leaders had a clear sense of direction,” he says. “Right now they mostly just want to avoid trouble.” They are not doing a very good job of it, I interrupt. “That’s true,” says Kissinger with a cryptic smile. “One eminent German recently told me that he always used to translate tension with America as a way to move away from America but now he finds himself more afraid of a world without America.” So could Trump be shocking the rest of the west to stand on its own feet, I ask. “It would be ironic if that emerged out of the Trump era,” Kissinger replies. “But it is not impossible.”

The alternative, Kissinger adds, is not appealing. A divided Atlantic would turn Europe into “an appendage of Eurasia”, which would be at the mercy of a China that wants to restore its historic role as the Middle Kingdom and be “the principal adviser to all humanity”. It sounds as though Kissinger believes China is on track to achieve its goal. America, meanwhile, would become a geopolitical island, flanked by two giant oceans and without a rules-based order to uphold. Such an America would have to imitate Victorian Britain but without the habit of mind to keep the rest of the world divided — as Britain did with the European continent.

Kissinger is more circumspect on AI — a subject, he concedes, with which he is still grappling. But he is troubled by the unknown consequences of autonomous warfare — a world in which machines are required to take ethical decisions. “All I can do in the few years left of me is to raise these issues,” he says. “I don’t pretend to have the answers.”
analysis  politics  trump  world  europe 
2 days ago by corrales

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