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Technology Could Result In Loss Of 5 Million Jobs
Do not fear the immigrant, but the robot.

Economists and financial leaders gathering at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland are expressing their concerns about the “fourth industrial revolution.” That is the emergence of 3-D technology, smart computers and other advances which could result in a net loss of over 5 million jobs in 15 major developed and emerging economies by 2020.

The flip side of the tech coin is the disruptive impact on national economies. According to projections by the World Economic Forum (WEF), a total loss of 7.1 million jobs is expected with an offset of 2 million new positions.

The 15 economies covered by the survey account for approximately 65 percent of the world’s total workforce.

Not only will the move from humans to robots have a direct impact on jobs, it is expected to transform how business and commerce is conducted.

Syria Peace Talks Face Hurdles
Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, are meeting today to lay the groundwork for Syria peace talks next week, but the question of who will be allowed to attend is posing a challenge.

The United Nations said it could not send out invites to the talks until an agreement was reached on which opposition groups could attend. Syria has demanded to see a proposed list for approval.

The United States and Russia are part of the International Syria Support Group, which is backing the United Nations-led effort to bring the Syrian government and opposition together for negotiations. However, there remains substantial disagreements concerning the future of Syrian President Bashir al-Assad.

The Washington Post reports that Russian airstrikes in recent days have substantially tilted the playing field in favor of Assad “to such an extent that the Obama administration’s quest for a negotiated settlement to the war suddenly looks a lot less likely to succeed.”

Why Univision Turned Down An Interview With El Chapo
Gerardo Reyes of Univision was offered an interview with Joaquín Guzmán Loera, better known as El Chapo, Mexico’s infamous and deadly drug lord, with the understanding the cartel leader would have vetting approval. Unlike actor Sean Penn, who authored a lengthy piece glorifying El Chapo, Reyes turned the offer down.

Reyes engaged in a long negotiating process while pursuing his investigation, but the drug leader’s insistence that he review the article before publication was the one hurdle over which Univision would not leap.

“The moment I heard about Penn’s interview, I felt as if I had lost a long and grueling obstacle race. But still, I never regretted rejecting Guzman’s conditions because I knew the capo would omit so much, especially his role in Mexico’s violent drug wars,” he concludes.




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