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These Jobs Are Most Likely To Be Taken by a Computer

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Gerard Julien—AFP/Getty Images A man moves his finger toward SVH (Servo Electric 5 Finger Gripping Hand) automated hand made by Schunk during the 2014 IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots in Madrid on November 19, 2014.

Great news, dentists!

Telemarketers’ jobs have the highest chance of being automated, according to recent report. Other positions with huge potential for being overtaken by robots? Cashiers, tellers and drivers, among others, according to this new NPR interactive.

While telemarketers have a 99% chance of one day being totally replaced by technology (it’s already happening), cashiers, tellers and drivers all have over a 97% chance at being automated. Many positions within the “production” category put together by NPR, including packaging and assembly jobs, tend to rank highly as well.

The job with the lowest shot at being overtaken by technology in the future? Mental health and substance abuse social workers. They have a 0.3% chance, according to the data. Occupational therapists also rank at 0.3%, while dentists, surgeons and nutritionists appear pretty safe at just 0.4%.

Per NPR:

The researchers admit that these estimates are rough and likely to be wrong. But consider this a snapshot of what some smart people think the future might look like. If it says your job will likely be replaced by a machine, you’ve been warned.

To play around with the complete data, check here. But beware, it’s pretty addicting.

TIME Apple

Everybody With an Apple Watch Is Now an Amateur Meteorologist

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Justin Sullivan—Getty Images An attendee inspects the new Apple Watch during an Apple special event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on September 9, 2014 in Cupertino, California.

More like "cloudsourcing," right?

The latest update to popular iOS app Weather Underground lets Apple Watch wearers help crowdsource weather data straight from their wrists.

In a 5.0.1 update that was recently released for the free app, the new versions adds the following functionality: “Added crowd reporting, because your watch is waterproof, your phone is not. Tell us it’s raining from your wrist.” Basically, when you notice it’s starting to rain, you can tell the app, which then adds that to data from other users for more accurate weather reporting.

“Powered by 100,000+ weather stations, Weather Underground provides the world’s most accurate hyper-local weather forecasts, radar, maps, and severe weather alerts,” according to the app’s website.

In addition, the app boasts that it allows Apple Watch users to get all their weather data “at a glance,” including viewing current conditions both hourly and for the next 10 days.

The news of the app’s update comes after reports showed that Apple Watch third-party apps are expected to get a boost in quality by the fall, as developers will be able to create apps that run natively on the device.

 

 

TIME Apple

Apple Is Getting an Unexpected Huge New Customer

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Ben Hider—Getty Images A general view of the IBM The International Business Machines Corporation offices on Madison Avenue on March 11, 2014 in New York City.

Big Macs for Big Blue

As its newfound partnership with Apple ramps up, IBM has announced that it’ll be offering its employees Mac computers, 9to5Mac reports.

A memo to employees said that IBM workers would be able to select from a MacBook Pro, a MacBook Air, or a PC when a new workstation is set up. The company reportedly plans to have around 50,000 MacBooks in use by the year’s end.

The move is another step in a stunning reversal of Apple and IBM’s longstanding rivalry. Last year, IBM and Apple announced a partnership to launch “made-for-business apps” for iPhones and iPads. That historical deal came as IBM is doubling down on the enterprise and service offerings, rather than personal computers. IBM sold its PC unit to Chinese technology company Lenovo in 2005.

TIME legal

At Least 20 Years in Prison Awaits Silk Road Founder

This Feb 4, 2015, file courtroom sketch, shows defendant Ross William Ulbricht as the deputy recites the word “guilty” multiple times during Ubricht’s trial in New York.
Elizabeth Williams—AP This Feb 4, 2015 courtroom sketch shows defendant Ross William Ulbricht as the deputy recites the word “guilty” multiple times during Ubricht'’s trial in New York.

Ross William Ulbricht regrets his "very naive and costly idea"

(NEW YORK) — Prosecutors are asking a Manhattan judge to sentence a San Francisco man who created the online drug-peddling site Silk Road to decades in prison, while the defendant is asking to be freed soon enough to show he’s a changed man.

Ross William Ulbricht, 31, is set to be sentenced Friday following his February conviction in federal court.

In a letter to U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest, Ulbricht said he regrets what he calls a “very naive and costly idea.”

He said he ruined his life and destroyed his future by what he now calls his “terrible mistake,” and he promised to no longer be the “rebellious risk taker” he was if he is given less than the life sentence recommended by the Probation Department.

“Please leave a small light at the end of the tunnel, an excuse to stay healthy, an excuse to dream of better days ahead, and a chance to redeem myself in the free world before I meet my maker,” he wrote.

Prosecutors, though, asked for a sentence substantially longer than the 20-year mandatory minimum, saying Ulbricht “developed a blueprint for a new way to use the Internet to undermine the law and facilitate criminal transactions” before he was nabbed in a San Francisco library in 2013, two years after launching Silk Road.

He was convicted of seven drug and conspiracy counts by a jury that deliberated only three hours.

Prosecutors said Ulbricht collected over $18 million in bitcoin commissions operating a website with thousands of listings under categories like “Cannabis,” ”Psychedelics” and “Stimulants.” They said he brokered more than 1 million drug deals worth $213 million.

To support a lengthy sentence, prosecutors said in a legal brief that Ulbricht’s massive narcotics-trafficking enterprise had resulted in at least six drug-related deaths, including a 27-year-old Microsoft employee and a 16-year-old boy in Perth, Australia. They also said he solicited multiple murders for hire in attempts to eliminate perceived threats, though authorities found no evidence anyone was killed.

“The site enabled thousands of drug dealers to expand their markets from the sidewalk to cyberspace, and thereby reach countless customers whom they never could have found on the street. The consequence was to vastly expand access to illegal drugs,” prosecutors said.

TIME Transportation

Setback for Uber as South Korea Bans Private Taxis

The Uber Technologies Inc. application and logo are displayed on an Apple Inc. iPhone 5s and iPad Air in this arranged photograph in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Andrew Harrer—Bloomberg via Getty Images The Uber Technologies Inc. application and logo are displayed on an Apple Inc. iPhone 5s and iPad Air in this arranged photograph in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

It's the first country to introduce a nationwide prohibition

In a largely symbolic move that appears to be aimed directly at Uber’s cheap UberX service, South Korea passed legislation on Friday banning unlicensed drivers from providing taxi services — becoming the first country to institute a nationwide prohibition of the practice.

According to Reuters, the bill is a blanket ban on private taxi services but lawmakers who pushed the bill did so citing UberX, a service that matches commuters with individuals using their personal cars as a taxi.

Uber already pulled UberX out of Seoul in March because of backlash from the taxi industry and local authorities. But the company still maintains a presence via UberTaxi (matching passengers with licensed drivers) and UberBLACK (which can be used by the disabled, elderly and foreigners).

[Reuters]

TIME Tech

Photo-Sharing App Path Sells to Korean Internet Firm

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Steve Jennings—Getty Images Path founder and CEO Dave Morin speaks on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt at Pier 48 in San Francisco on Sept. 10, 2014

The long-troubled photo-based social network Path has finally found an end to its story: Daum Kakao, a Korean Internet company, will buy it.

Path’s founder and CEO Dave Morin announced the news on Thursday evening via a blog post while much of the tech industry was still distracted by Google’s developer conference happening this week in San Francisco.

Morin didn’t disclose terms of the deal, except that Daum Kakao is acquiring its flagship social network, Path, and Path Talk, a separate app that lets users chat with local businesses as well as with other users. Kong, a mobile app for taking and sharing selfie photos that the company recently released, will remain under the ownership of Path, the company.

Under Daum Kakao’s ownership, “nearly everything you have come to love about Path and Path Talk will remain as is,” Morin writes, adding that the new owners will continue to update and improve the services.

In short, Path seems to be doing what so-called “mobile app labs” do — building various smartphone apps, dumping the duds, and focusing on the ones that take off. Twitter co-founder Biz Stone’s new venture recently ditched Jelly, its social Q&A app, in favor of Super, an app for creating and sharing brightly colored posts.

Despite a much-hyped initial launch and multiple rounds of venture capital funding, Path, which focused on connecting smaller circles of people than others like Facebook, ultimately fell out of favor. The company, however, maintained that it was still quite popular in Southeast Asia, which makes its acquirer a natural fit. Daum Kakao was born in 2014 as a result of a merger between Korean Internet company Daum Communications and KakaoTalk, a popular mobile messaging service in Asia. Daum Kakao is inheriting a community of more than 10 million monthly active users, who view about 400 million pieces of content every day, according to Morin’s post.

Morin co-founded Path in 2010 with Dustin Mierau and Shawn Fanning of Napster fame, and raised a total of $77 million in funding from investors such as Kleiner Perkins, Shasta Ventures, and Greylock Partners.

This article originally appeared on Fortune.com

MONEY The Economy

Internet Subsidy Means More Jobs for Poorer Americans, Says FCC

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler wants broadband Internet for low-income families.

TIME Uber

Here’s Uber’s Plan for a New Sci-fi Headquarters

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Fast-growing company will be moving into fancy new offices

Ride sharing service Uber is planning a fancy new headquarters to go with its recent stratospheric $50 billion valuation.

Futuristic buildings will be connected by glass walkways, according to designs recently released by the company.

The new headquarters, located in San Francisco’s Mission Bay, is expected to open by late 2017 or early 2018, according to Quartz. It will be comprised of a six-story building at 1515 Third St. as well as an 11-story building at 1455 Third St.

The buildings were designed by Shop Architects PC, a New York City firm. The structures measure approximately 423,000 square feet, which the San Francisco Chronicle reported last year will triple Uber’s footprint in the city.

Business software giant Salesforce previously occupied the space.

It will be the eighth move for Uber, according to the Chronicle.

Here are a couple more images of the designs:

Uber headquarters
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Uber headquarters 3
Photo courtesy of Uber

 

TIME Autos

Ford’s Zipcar-Killer Is Launching in This City

Ford Brings Dynamic Car-Sharing Experiment to London; First Serv
Ford Ford Brings Dynamic Car-Sharing Experiment to London

It's an on-demand rental service called "GoDrive"

Ford is going head-to-head with Zipcar as it launches its new GoDrive car rental service in London.

The app-based service will allow users to pick up one of Ford’s 50 vehicles on-demand and drop it off at one of a number of hubs across central London. When a users books a car through the service, they automatically book a parking spot at one the 20 available locations, making one-way trips stress-free.

The service uses a pay-per-minute pricing approach that covers all fees, including congestion fees, insurance and fuel. A pilot program launched earlier this year with 100 members. Ford is now extending GoDrive’s reach to 2,000 members.

The global car-sharing industry is expected to exceed $6 billion by 2020, and the U.K. car-sharing sector alone is expected to grow 23% from 2013 to 2015, according to PwC research. But even as the industry booms, car-sharers are looking for more flexibility.

“Our research tells us that car clubs currently are perceived as inflexible when it comes to booking, time slots and return locations,”said Alicia Agius, project lead, GoDrive, Ford of Europe. “Features such as one-way journeys and pay-as-you-go extend the number of opportunities that drivers would want to car-share and could prove a game-changer.”

GoDrive is Ford’s move to take on car-sharing kings like Zipcar as well as ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft which are trying to become realistic replacements for car ownership, especially in major metropolitan areas. The service is also an opportunity for Ford to show off its electric vehicles. Half of the GoDrive fleet will consist of zero-emission Focus electric models.

The London launch is still in beta phase, and the automaker plans to tweak its service as it learns more about its members. Ford is also exploring car-sharing experiments in Germany, India and the U.S.

TIME Apple

Apple Exec: The Car Is the ‘Ultimate Mobile Device’

Amid rumors of an Apple Car

Apple Senior Vice President of Operations Jeff Williams hinted on Wednesday the company is interested in doing more with cars.

At the Code Conference in California, an Apple shareholder asked Williams if Apple has its sights set on the auto industry. “The car is the ultimate mobile device, isn’t it?” said Williams, according to Business Insider. “We explore all kinds of categories. We’ll certainly continue to look at those, and evaluate where we can make a huge difference.”

Williams’ response comes amid rumors that Apple may want to take on Tesla with an electric car of its own. The efforts are supposedly nicknamed Project Titan.

Still, Apple has other car plans in the works, too: Its new CarPlay software replaces vehicles’ infotainment systems with an iPhone-style interface.

Williams also spoke on Wednesday about third-party apps coming to the Apple Watch this fall.

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