Update 05/27/16

1. Black Panther, the first black superhero in mainstream American comics, #1 is this year’s best seller at +250,000 copies sold. Written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, the 2015 MacArthur Genius award winner.

2. The hip-hop Broadway musical about the Andrew Hamilton, “Hamilton” is in the top 5 highest-grossing shows at $74MM so far.

3. Foxconn, the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer (known for controversy around employee management — a history of suicides occurred potentially due to working conditions), replaces 60,000 humans with robots. Foxconn most notable contract partner products include the Apple iPhone/iPod/iPad, Blackberry, Amazon Kindle, Playstation 3 & 4, Xbox One, and WiiU.

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2 thoughts on “Update 05/27/16

  1. number 1&2…sign of the times???
    number 3…what do you think about this comment i read on another site talking about the future with robots? “Solution? Taxes. First base citizen income. Work or not, your paid. Then have a tax free income that is about 25% of the basic citizen income. Motivation to work. Then tax any income – or fortune – above that at a rate that pays for citizen income and welfare.

    Welfare in the robot age? Free healthcare. Free dentist. Free food (why? Because agriculture is todays proof of a industry that is broken with capitalism) It should not matter if your Donald Trump, a white trash slacker or just happened to loose your limbs in one of G.W.B wars of oildom.

    Wont work? It is already working in the top 5 best countries to live in the world. There is no reason it should not work in banana republics like USA. But it requires the top 5% to be taxed on a scale that pretty much removes the gap to the bottom 95%.”

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    • Number 1 & 2 are certainly a sign of the times. In many ways, we have President Obama to thank for the reigniting of being comfortable in one’s own blackness (skin, self, etc.). The benefit of the robots is it minimizing their mistreatment of employees — several thousand people committing suicide as a result of exposure to chemicals is not a good look; however, it’s highly unlikely that Foxconn did this to improve employee health so good point on the taxation, which is how most multinational companies make decisions these days. You’re spot on with the global citizen welfare comments.

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