SF Supervisor Jane Kim Proposes Taxing Robots

In August, SF Supervisor Jane Kim launched a campaign called Jobs of the Future Fund, with intentions to find solutions for those who will inevitably lose jobs as automation increases. "Proceeds from the tax would bankroll things like job retraining, free community college, or perhaps a universal basic income―countermeasures Kim thinks might make a robotic future more bearable for humans," says Wired. The campaign's site states that this 'automation revolution' has the potential to eliminate more jobs than the Great Depression and Great Recession combined. As much as half of the jobs in the US will disappear "through the transition to…

Resilient Coders, a Nonprofit Welcoming Marginalized into Tech

RC tech advisor Alec Ortega and graduate, Maria Inés, two Bostonians tipping the scale toward inclusivity and diversity in tech.

Bootcamps and mentorships at Resilient Coders are offered specifically to disadvantaged youth.

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American Resilience

Stories of flexing under adversity and refusing to break. If you've ever brushed the dirt off and got back to work, your spirit's in here.

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People rattling the gates of the status quo for the sake of social progress. Rugged individualists 2.0.

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Erasing the lines drawn to keep us apart. Building the communities that keep us strong.

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Collaborations the haters said could never happen - everyday folks coming together and doin' work. Some call it radical inclusivity. We like to call it common sense.

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Artists, builders, creators, and dreamers with dirt under their nails and wild imaginations.

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Tech and business trailblazers, innovators, and takers of the road less traveled pushing America forward.

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America is filled with people helping one another. Here's where you can meet them and learn something new. Get ready to volunteer, donate and take some action.

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The realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own.

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