Tess Roby Into icy synthpop and worship at the twin temples of Nico and Kate Bush? Then Montreal’s Tess Roby is the Toronto-raised singer-songwriter for you. A member of the Canadian Children’s Opera Company for almost a decade – presumably having to leave when she was no longer an actual child – her accomplished vocals are the real star here. If that doesn’t swing it, then you might be into the fact that year’s languid Given Signs sounds a bit like Foals at their dreamiest.Shacklewell Arms, E8, Monday 1 October … [Read more...] about Young arts run free: the 50 best things to do in the UK for zilch
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The current plans would see the 800 members of the House Of Lords move to the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in London - but the reported plans would be substantially more radical. … [Read more...] about Peers to pocket inflation-busting 3.1% allowance rise boosting pay to £323 a day
Sam Lessin, a former Facebook VP who co-founded the company Fin, describes a plausible vision for where all this is headed. Fin started as a personal assistant app before pivoting to the software it used to monitor and manage the workers who made the assistant run. (A worker described her experience handling assistant requests as being like a call center but with heavier surveillance and tracking of idle time.) Knowledge work currently languishes in a preindustrial state, Lessin wrote in a letter at the time of the pivot, with employees often sitting idle in offices, their labor unmeasured and inefficient. The hoped-for productivity explosion from AI won’t come from replacing these workers, Lessin wrote, but from using AI to measure and optimize their productivity, just as Frederick Taylor did with factory workers. Except this will be a “cloud factory,” an AI-organized pool of knowledge workers that businesses can tap into whenever they need it, much like renting … [Read more...] about How hard will the robots make us work?