first_imgOTTAWA — U.S. authorities say companies in Canada were among the targets of two Chinese citizens charged with carrying out an extensive hacking campaign to steal data.An indictment was unsealed today against Zhu Hua and Zhang Shillong, who prosecutors said were acting on behalf of China’s main intelligence agency to pilfer information in several countries.Papers filed in Manhattan federal court allege the hackers were able to breach the computers of enterprises involved in activities ranging from aviation and space to pharmaceutical technology.U.S. prosecutors allege the hackers were able to steal “hundreds of gigabytes” of data from targets in 12 countries.In Canada, the RCMP had no immediate comment on the U.S. charges.In the last several months, the U.S. Justice Department has filed charges against several Chinese intelligence officials and alleged hackers.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Toronto’s made jumpers throughout the playoffs have been by far the most suspenseful of those of any of the final eight teams, taking an average of 0.117 seconds to fall into the basket. That hang time was 44 percent longer than the average of the other seven clubs. And looking at a larger sample size doesn’t change much about the result: At an average of 0.108 seconds, the Raptors’ successful regular-season jumpers at Scotiabank Arena took longer to fall through the basket than any other team’s makes on their home courts, too, according to the SportVU analysis. You might remember that Leonard hit a game-winner in March against Portland — a fadeaway from Scotiabank’s right baseline, with the shooter’s bounce and all — that looked almost identical to the one he would eventually make against Philadelphia.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/KawhiBLAZERS.mp400:0000:0000:12Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.To be clear, even though the Raptors have the longest hang time at home, their numbers are far from an outlier in the data set. The arena did have an odd rim-related issue last season, when officials had to delay a game because one of the rims was slightly crooked and required an adjustment. But no one could look at the numbers presented here and realistically suggest that anything about them is crooked, or that the arena’s rims are fundamentally different from others in the NBA.Still, there’s no doubting the fact that Toronto has gotten a couple of very friendly bounces over the course of the playoffs — not just from Leonard, but also from Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet, who told me somewhat candidly, “I hate our rims.” (While that might sound odd, given his incredible hot streak lately, VanVleet had struggled mightily the last two postseasons from the perimeter.)Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/BOUNCES.mp400:0000:0002:21Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.There are a number of potential factors to consider with unusual data like this. One counterintuitive example: A team with dead-eye shooters, for instance, often won’t get opportunities for much hang time on the rim because their jumpers will swish through the net, registering a minuscule amount of time around the basket as a result. At the same time, though, players and teams who use considerable arc might be better positioned to get a beneficial bounce or roll, regardless of how soft or tight the rims are.2Midrange shots usually require less arc than 3-pointers, so a team taking more triples — like the Raptors, who have taken more than 40 percent of their shot attempts from that distance this postseason — might ultimately get more soft bounces. And no team has put more air under its 3-pointers this postseason than Golden State.In fact, while the Raptors’ shots have had the most hang time on the rim during home games, the Warriors have seen the league’s biggest home-road disparity in terms of how much longer the ball has teetered on the basket while playing in familiar confines. Golden State’s jumpers have stayed in the vicinity of the rim 0.02 seconds longer at Oracle Arena this postseason than on the road, by far the biggest gap of any playoff club. By contrast, Toronto’s shots actually hang near the rim slightly longer on the road than they do at home, so it’s hard to claim a soft-rim advantage at home for the Raptors. Trail Blazers-0.001 76ers0.216 Raptors0.224s Raptors-0.008 On jump shots of 10 feet or more, among teams that advanced beyond the first round of the playoffs.Sources: STATS SportVU, SECOND SPECTRUM Celtics-0.004 The notion of shot arc is where Leonard’s series-ending jumper comes into play. While Kawhi generally doesn’t put much arc on his shots at all, he had to loft the one against Philly over the outstretched hand of 7-footer Joel Embiid to avoid having it blocked. Leonard’s shot reached a peak height of 18.2 feet before bouncing on the rim — a night-and-day difference from the league-average peak height of just 15.1 feet. The extra height almost certainly gave the shot a greater chance of going in from a physics standpoint.And that shot is the first thing that comes to mind now whenever the Raptors benefit from seemingly lucky bounces. VanVleet, even with his expressed hate for the Toronto rims, has fully leaned into the idea that something magical — with the baskets or otherwise — is happening here.“I think we’ve got a special thing going. Just kind of the aura, and the magic in the air, you can feel it a little bit,” VanVleet told me. “We have a lot to do with that, our fans have a lot to do with that, and things are just going the right way for us.”Check out our latest NBA predictions. Bucks0.206 Celtics0.210 Are the Raptors getting lucky rolls on their home rims?How long shots hang on the rim by team in home games, 2019 playoffs TEAMADDED HANGTIME AT HOME On jump shots of 10 feet or more, among teams that advanced beyond the first round of the playoffs.Sources: STATS SportVU, SECOND SPECTRUM The Warriors’ shots survive on the rim longer at Oracle ArenaHow long shots hang on the rim at home vs. on the road by team, 2019 playoffs Warriors+0.020s Trail Blazers0.220 Rockets+0.006 Bucks0.000 Rockets0.181 TEAMBALL IN VICINITY OF RIM 76ers-0.006 Nuggets0.208 Warriors0.214 Nuggets-0.014 Kawhi Leonard’s rainbow arc game-winner in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals over Philadelphia — a buzzer-beating miracle that bounced on the rim four separate times, for 1.8 seconds, before falling through — was historic the second it went down. And that shot will arguably become even more iconic if and when the Toronto Raptors dethrone the Golden State Warriors’ dynasty in the coming days. Few shots have provided that sort of drama while also indirectly ushering in what figures to be a changing of the guard in the sport as we know it.Because of that shot, it’s been hard not to notice the others that have all but taken up residence on the cylinder at Scotiabank Arena. “Those rims are really soft,” Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said.But do shots really hang on the rims more in Toronto? Will the Raptors have some hidden advantage when they take their home court and try to close out the NBA Finals in Game 5? As it turns out, yes, the Raptors’ jump shots do roll on and around the rim longer in Toronto than other teams’ jumpers do in their respective arenas. But no, that isn’t somehow evidence of anything underhanded at play.In an analysis of Second Spectrum shot-tracking data run by Matt Scott of STATS SportVU, we looked at all jumpers of 10 feet or greater, both in the regular season and the playoffs, and pulled the time measured between when the ball hit the rim and when it left the vicinity of the cylinder for a miss or went through the net for a make. The Raptors’ jump-shot attempts at home this postseason have bounced on or around the rim for an average of 0.224 seconds, the longest of any team to advance beyond the first round.1Even if you exclude Leonard’s wild shot against the Sixers from the data set, the Raptors’ jump-shot attempts have still hung on or around the rim longer, on average, than any other team that made it to the second round. read more

first_imgCardiff City manager Neil Warnock has hit out against the Premier League’s top players for their diving anticsThe Bluebirds will take on third-place Tottenham later today hoping to build on last Saturday’s 1-0 win at Leicester City.Victory over Mauricio Pochettino’s side will move Cardiff six points above the relegation zone.But, for Warnock, top players getting away with diving in the area is becoming a growing concern with Spurs striker Harry Kane being booked for diving in their 3-1 defeat to Wolves at the weekend.Meanwhile, the manner in which Mohamed Salah won penalties against Newcastle and Arsenal over the past week has also raised eyebrows.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“It’s so difficult to see diving, you can’t blame referees,” said Warnock, according to Evening Standard.“I say to my players about the top players ‘try not to breathe on them’.“I said that before the Manchester United game, if they get in the box ‘Don’t breathe on them at all’ because they’ll be down.“That’s how it is nowadays.”The Cardiff and Spurs match will begin at 18:30 (CET) today.last_img read more

first_img Red House Records Purchased By Compass Records Group Compass Records Group Absorbs Red House Records red-house-records-purchased-compass-records-group The full roster and catalogue of the folk/Americana label will be integrated into Compass Records Group Brian HaackGRAMMYs Nov 7, 2017 – 11:43 am Over the past 34 years, Red House Records has built a reputation as a trusted source of quality folk and Americana music, having launched the early careers of multi-GRAMMY winners like Larry Campbell while supporting younger artists on the rise such as the Wailin’ Jennys and the Cactus Blossoms.As Billboard reports, representatives for Nashville-based independent label group Compass Records have announced they have finalized a deal to purchase Red House and fully integrate its roster of artists and catalogue of recordings under the Compass umbrella.Compass Records is known for its diverse stable of artists, with a catalogue of more than 600 titles and a roster that includes names such as Colin Hay (Men At Work) and Bobby Osborne (Brothers Osborne). The record group’s founders, GRAMMY-winning country/bluegrass musician Alison Brown and producer Garry West, were friends and peers of late Red House Records founder and label boss Bob Feldman for nearly twenty years prior to his death in 2006.Regarding the purchase announcement, Brown said, “It’s incredibly meaningful for us to be able to carry Red House’s legacy into the future. We are really excited to work with such a fine roster of artists and are committed to keeping Red House’s brand of folk and Americana music alive.”Singer/songwriter and Red House artist John Gorka added, “I understand the economics and I think Compass is the best place to go. Compass has a lot of artists I admire and respect, and I think Red House will be in good company.”Tom Waits, Tracy Chapman, N.W.A. Among 2018 Songwriters Hall NomineesRead more Twitter Email Facebook News last_img read more

first_imgTv celebs on HoliPR HandoutAs and when the festival of Holi arrives, there is an incredible zeal of celebration in the hearts of the people. Whole of India gets into a celebratory mood, wishing their near and dear ones. Holi is the festival of color and joy. It is the day when the colors diminish all the discriminations of caste and creed in society.The colors of Holi also bring the spirit of joy, passion and enthusiasm. It is a festival to celebrate the divine love of Radha and Krishna as well as the commemoration of the fact that ‘Goodness always triumphs over evil”.On the occasion of Holi, some television stars expressed their views and emotions associated with the festival of colour. They said this festival sends out a special message of unity. There is an eternal meaning of Holi beyond the ‘color play’ and ‘grand feasts’, they opined.Here is what various TV stars said on the occasion of Holi:Romil Chaudhary: Holi is a time to reach out with the colors of joy. It is the time to love and forgive. It is the time to express the happiness of being loved and to be loved through colors.Tejasswi Prakash : Holi is the apt time to break the ice, renew relationships and link yourself with those that you wanted to with a bit of color.Adnan Khan : Holi is the festival to burn all negativity and bring positivity in life.Helly Shah : Holi is a special day of the year to enjoy and spend time with those who are close to our hearts.Kunal Jaisingh: Enjoy the harmony with colors on Holi and the rest of the days with the colors of love.Shubhangi Atre : Dipped in hues of love and trust, the festival of Holi has come. And that’s why the festival of Holi is very special among other occasions.Pearl V Puri : Holi is not only about colors and sweets. It reminds of the divine and eternal love of Krishna and Radha. It also reminds one of Narashima, Prahlada and Hiranyakashyapa and thus the fact that truth and humanity are invincible forces in the universe.Roop Durgapal : Holi is the day to express love with colors. It is a time to show affection. All the colors that are on you are of love.Manish Goplani : Holi is the day to let the colors shower love, which dewells in our hearts.Devoleena Bhattacharya : A true and caring relation doesn’t have to speak loud, a soft message is just enough to express the heartiest feelings. Enjoy the festival of Holi with lot of fun.Zebby Singh : Holi is a great time for celebrating the colors of our beautiful relationships, and all the bright hues of life with colors.Mahika Sharma : God gifted us all the colors of life, colors of joy, colors of happiness, colors of friendship, colors of love and all other colors we want to paint our life with as the occasion of Holi.Anuj Kohli : Bright colors, water balloons, lavish gujiyas and melodious songs are the ingredients of perfect Holi. It also reminds us to share positivity and avoid negativity.Arshi Khan : The colors of Holi spread the message of peace and happiness. Hence, the festival is reminds of humanity.last_img read more

first_imgMain opposition leader and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia (C) looks on as she is escorted back to prison from a hospital visit in Dhaka on 8 November, 2018. Photo: AFPBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Thursday said the Niko deal was signed when Awami League was in power and the BNP government just maintained its continuity, reports UNB.Khaleda came up with the remarks when she was produced before a makeshift court at the abandoned central jail in the Niko graft case, said Khaleda’s lawyer Sanaullah Miah.“Sheikh Hasina was an accused in the same case; she got acquittal, but not me. If I’m produced before the court then prime minister Sheikh Hasina should also be produced before the court in the graft case,” Sanaullah Miah quoted her as saying.In response to Khaleda’s statement, Dhaka Special Judges’ Court-9 judge Mahmudul Kabir said Sheikh Hasina has already been acquitted from the graft case by the High Court, so there’s no question of producing her before the court in the case.The court also set 14 November for the next hearing in the case.Earlier, Khaleda Zia was discharged from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) upon approval from the medical board formed for her treatment, said BSMMU director brigadier general Abdullah-Al-Harun.Later, a black SUV carrying Khaleda reached the old central jail in the capital’s Nazimuddin Road around 11:40am, according to jail sources.Several police vehicles escorted her to the jail from the hospital in the morning.Following the hearing, she was taken back to the jail, they said.Earlier on Wednesday, the law ministry issued a gazette notification saying that the trial of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and others accused in the Niko corruption case will be held at the makeshift court in the abandoned central jail.The ministry issued the gazette notification transferring the court citing security reasons.According to the gazette, room No. 7 of the old central jail’s administrative building will be the venue for the makeshift court.A large number of police, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Detective Branch (DB) of police and Ansar members was deployed in and around Nazimuddin Road to maintain law and order.On 6 October, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia was admitted to the BSMMU after prison authorities shifted her there from jail for better treatment in response to a court order.On 4 October, the High Court directed the government to immediately admit Khaleda Zia to the BSMMU and form a 5-member medical board afresh for her treatment.Khaleda Zia was in the erstwhile abandoned central jail at Nazimuddin Road since she was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case on 8 February last.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Bidhannagar City Police arrested a person on charges of sexual assault on a woman at New Town and another three for assaulting her husband and son. The victims are residents of DD 94 under the jurisdiction of New Town police station.The sexual assault victim’s husband Biren Pradhan is the caretaker of an under-construction building adjacent to their residence.According to police sources, Pradhan and his son Sujoy had ventured out of their house at around 1 am on Thursday night, after hearing a ruckus in front of their residence. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAs they protested, they were beaten up by three miscreants. When the woman came out to rescue her husband and son, she was taken to the first floor of the under-construction building and was sexually assaulted.The person who committed the offence also took away her mobile phone and a small bag containing some money and the voter ID card and pan card of her husband.The woman lodged a written complaint on Thursday night at New Town police station and the police immediately took action and arrested one Kamaluddin Dhali (25), a resident of Thakurdari Muslimpara in New Town, on charges of sexual assault.The sleuths also conducted the medical examination of the victim at Bidhannagar Sub Divisional Hospital.The police also arrested three persons: Jakir Hossain Dhali (18), Kamal Dhali alias Chotobabu (28) and Sadique Hossain Dhali (25) alias Notu, residing at the same police station area, for being involved in the assault of the victim’s husband and son.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: A Bangladeshi national has been arrested at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport, Kolkata, with a huge amount of foreign currency on Saturday morning. Suspicion grew within the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel during the baggage checking as the currency was visible at the time of scanning.According to CISF authority, at around 11 am, when baggage checking for a Dhaka-bound flight was in progress, an on-duty CISF officer noticed a suspicious image on the scanner screen. To investigate the matter, the CISF personnel decided to check the baggage physically. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe passenger, identified as Alam Shah, was also detained for inquiry. After opening the baggage, no suspicious items could be located. But the CISF personnel was not convinced as the bag seemed unusually heavy in respect of the items that were packed inside. The items inside the baggage were then taken out and was passed through the scanner again. It was found that a false compartment had been created at the bottom of the bag. Immediately, the portion was cut open and the huge amount of US dollars were found. During counting, it was revealed that Shah was carrying US $70,000 approximately worth Rs 47.42 lakh. Shah was later handed over to the Customs officials for further action.last_img read more

first_imgNovember 5, 2013 Apple Inc. is interested in sapphires. No, the tech giant isn’t getting into the jewelry business. It has plans to build a manufacturing facility in Mesa, Ariz. to create sapphire material likely to be used in production of Apple devices.The news was announced by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, who hailed the technology company’s choice as a significant capital investment in the state that will create at least 700 permanent jobs and 1,300 construction jobs.”Apple will have an incredibly positive economic impact for Arizona,” Gov. Brewer says. “Their investment in renewable energy will also be greening our power grid, and creating significant new solar and geothermal power sources for the state.”Related: 10 Questions to Ask When Shopping for Your Next SmartphoneApple is partnering with Merrimack, N.H.-based GT Advanced Technologies to open the manufacturing plant. GT says it specializes in innovative crystal growth equipment solutions for a number of industries, including consumer electronics. In addition to occurring naturally, sapphire material can be manufactured for industrial purposes.Apple will give GT a prepayment of $578 million which will be repaid over the course of five years, beginning in 2015, GT says. Apple will own the facility but GT will own and operate the production furnaces.So far, Apple is mum about what exactly it will be manufacturing, but reports have speculated that the sapphire material could be used in screen production for devices like iPads and iPhones.Related: Apple Sells Record Number of iPhones 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more

first_imgApril 3, 2018 “The future is right now — it’s just unevenly distributed.”  — William GibsonI am writing from inside the tech bubble to let you know that we are coming for your jobs.I recently met a pair of old friends for drinks in Manhattan. One is an executive who works at a software company in New York. They replace call center workers with artificial intelligence software. I asked her whether she believed her work would result in job losses. She responded matter-of-factly, “We are getting better and better at things that will make large numbers of workers extraneous. And we will succeed. There needs to be a dramatic reskilling of the workforce, but that’s not going to be practical for a lot of people. It’s impossible to avoid a lost generation of workers.” Her confidence in this assessment was total. The conversation then quickly shifted to more pleasant topics.Related: The How-To: Using Chatbots As A Tool For Customer ServiceI later met with a friend who’s a Boston-based venture capitalist. He told me he felt “a little uneasy” about investing in software and robotics companies that, if successful, would eliminate large numbers of jobs. “But they’re good opportunities,” he noted, estimating that 70 percent of the startups he’s seeing will contribute to job losses in other parts of the economy.In San Francisco, I had breakfast with an operations manager for a large tech company. He told me, “I just helped set up a factory that had 70 percent fewer workers than one even a few years ago would have had, and most of them are high-end technicians on laptops. I have no idea what normal people are going to do in a few years.”Normal people. Seventy percent of Americans consider themselves part of the middle class. Chances are, you do, too. Right now some of the smartest people in the country are trying to figure out how to replace you with an overseas worker, a cheaper version of you or, increasingly, a widget, software program or robot. There’s no malice in it. The market rewards business leaders for making things more efficient. Efficiency doesn’t love normal people. It loves getting things done in the most cost-effective way possible.A wave of automation and job loss is no longer a dystopian vision of the future — it’s well underway. The numbers have been telling a story for a while now that we have been ignoring. More and more people of prime working age have been dropping out of the workforce. There’s a growing mass of the permanently displaced. Automation is accelerating to a point where it will soon threaten our social fabric and way of life.Experts and researchers project an unprecedented wave of job destruction coming with the development of artificial intelligence, robotics, software and automation. The Obama White House published a report in December 2016 that predicted 83 percent of jobs where people make less than $20 per hour will be subject to automation or replacement. Between 2.2 and 3.1 million car, bus and truck driving jobs in the U.S. will be eliminated by the advent of self-driving vehicles.Read that last sentence again: The government is confident that between 2 and 3 million Americans who drive vehicles for a living will lose their jobs in the next 10 to 15 years. Driving a truck is the most common occupation in 29 states. Self-driving vehicles are one of the most obvious job-destroying technologies, but there are similar innovations ahead that will displace cashiers, fast-food workers, customer service representatives, administrative assistants and even well-paid white-collar jobs like wealth managers, lawyers and insurance agents, all within the span of a few short years. Suddenly out of work, millions will struggle to find a new job, particularly those at the lower end of the skill ladder.  Automation has already eliminated about 4 million manufacturing jobs in the U.S. since 2000. Instead of finding new jobs, a lot of those people left the workforce and didn’t come back. The U.S. labor force participation rate is now at only 62.9 percent, a rate below that of nearly all other industrialized economies and about the same as that of El Salvador and the Ukraine. Some of this is driven by an aging population, which presents its own set of problems, but much of it is driven by automation and a lower demand for labor.Each 1 percent decline in the labor participation rate equates to approximately 2.5 million Americans dropping out. The number of working-age Americans who aren’t in the workforce has surged to a record 95 million. Ten years into the nation’s recovery from the financial crisis and 95 million working-age Americans not in the workforce — I’ve taken to calling this phenomenon The Great Displacement.Related: Learning to Work With Robots Is How You Can Save Your JobThe lack of mobility and growth has created a breeding ground for political hostility and social ills. High rates of unemployment and underemployment are linked to an array of social problems, including substance abuse, domestic violence, child abuse and depression. Today 40 percent of American children are born outside of married households, due in large part to the crumbling marriage rate among working-class adults, and overdoses and suicides have overtaken auto accidents as leading causes of death. More than half of American households already rely on the government for direct income in some form. In some parts of the U.S., 20 percent of working age adults are now on disability, with increasing numbers citing mood disorders. What Americans who cannot find jobs find instead is despair. If you care about communities and our way of life, you care about people having jobs.This is the most pressing economic and social issue of our time; our economy is evolving in ways that will make it more and more difficult for people with lower levels of education to find jobs and support themselves. Soon, these difficulties will afflict the white-collar world. It’s a boiling pot getting hotter one degree at a time. And we’re the frog.In my role as Founder of Venture for America, I spent the past six years working with hundreds of startups across the country in cities like Detroit, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Providence, Cleveland, Baltimore, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Birmingham, Columbus, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, Charlotte, Miami, Nashville, Atlanta and Denver. Some of these places were bustling industrial centers in the late 19th and 20th centuries only to find themselves faced with population loss and economic transition as the 20th century wound down. Venture for America trains young aspiring entrepreneurs to work at startups in cities like these to generate job growth. We’ve had many successes. But the kinds of jobs created tend to be very specific; every business I worked with will hire the very best people it can find — particularly startups. When entrepreneurs start companies and expand, they generally aren’t hiring a down-on-his-or-her-luck worker in need of a break. They are hiring the strongest contributors with the right mix of qualities to help an early-stage company succeed. Most jobs in a startup essentially require a college degree. That excludes 68 percent of the population right there. And some of these companies are lifting further inefficiencies out of the system — reducing jobs in other places even while hiring their own new workers.Related: AI and Robots Are Coming for Your Job. Here’s What You Need to KnowThere’s a scene in Ben Horowitz’s book The Hard Things about Hard Things in which he depicts the CEO of a company meeting with his two lieutenants. The CEO says to one of them, “You’re going to do everything in your power to make this deal work.” Then he turns to the other and says, “Even if he does everything right, it’s probably not going to work. Your job is to fix it.” That’s where we’re at with the American economy. Unprecedented advances are accelerating in real time and wreaking havoc on lives and communities around the country, particularly on those least able to adapt and adjust.We must do all we can to reduce the worst effects of the Great Displacement — it should be the driving priority of corporations, government and non-profits for the foreseeable future. We should invest in education, job training and placement, apprenticeships, relocation, entrepreneurship and tax incentives — anything to help make hiring and retaining workers appealing. And then we should acknowledge that, for millions of people, it’s not going to work.In the U.S. we want to believe that the market will resolve most situations. In this case, the market will not solve the problem — quite the opposite. The market is driven to reduce costs. It will look to find the cheapest way to perform tasks. The market doesn’t want to provide for unemployed truck drivers or cashiers. Uber is going to get rid of its drivers as soon as it can. Its job isn’t to hire lots of people — its job is to move customers around as efficiently as possible. The market will continue to throw millions of people out of the labor force as automation and technology improve. In order for society to continue to function and thrive when tens of millions of Americans don’t have jobs, we will need to rethink the relationship between work and being able to pay for basic needs. And then, we will have to determine ways to convey the psychic and social benefits of work in other ways.There is really only one entity — the federal government — that can realistically reformat society in ways that will prevent large swaths of the country from becoming jobless zones of derelict buildings and broken people. Non-profits will be at the frontlines of fighting the decline, but most of their activities will be like Band-Aids on top of an infected wound. State governments are generally hamstrung with balanced budget requirements and limited resources.Related: Peter Thiel: Luck Is Just an Excuse For Not Working Hard EnoughEven if they don’t talk about it in public, many technologists themselves fear a backlash. My friends in Silicon Valley want to be positive, but many are buying bunkers and escape hatches just in case. One reason that solutions are daunting to even my most optimistic friends is that, while their part of the American economy is flourishing, little effort is being made to distribute the gains from automation and reverse the decline in opportunities. To do so would require an active, stable, invigorated unified federal government willing to make large bets. This, unfortunately, is not what we have. We have an indebted state rife with infighting, dysfunction and outdated ideas and bureaucracies from bygone eras, along with a populace that cannot agree on basic facts like vote totals or climate change. Our politicians offer half-hearted solutions that will at best nibble at the edges of the problem. The budget for Research and Development in the Department of Labor is only $4 million. We have a 1960s-era government that has few solutions to the problems of 2018.This must change if our way of life is to continue. We need a revitalized, dynamic government to rise to the challenge posed by the largest economic transformation in the history of mankind. The above may sound like science fiction to you. But you’re reading this with a supercomputer in your pocket (or reading it on the supercomputer itself) and Donald Trump was elected president. Doctors can fix your eyes with lasers, but your local mall just closed. We are living in unprecedented times. The future without jobs will come to resemble either the cultivated benevolence of Star Trek or the desperate scramble for resources of Mad Max. Unless there is a dramatic course correction, I fear we are heading toward the latter.Related: Emerging Ethical Concerns In the Age of Artificial IntelligenceOur society has already been shaped by large-scale changes in the economy due to technological advances. It turns out that Americans have been dealing with the lack of meaningful opportunities by getting married less and becoming less and less functional. The fundamental message is that we are already on the edge of dystopia, with hundreds of thousands of families and communities being pushed into oblivion.Education and retraining won’t address the gaps; the goalposts are now moving and many affected workers are well past their primes. We need to establish an updated form of capitalism — I call it Human-Centered Capitalism or Human Capitalism for short — to amend our current version of institutional capitalism that will lead us toward ever-increasing automation accompanied by social ruin. We must make the market serve humanity rather than have humanity continue to serve the market. We must simultaneously become more dynamic and more empathetic as a society. We must change and grow faster than most think possible.When the next downturn hits, hundreds of thousands of people will wake up to do their jobs only to be told that they’re no longer needed. Their factory or retail store or office or mall or business or truck stop or agency will close. They will look for another job and, this time, they will not find one. They will try to keep up a brave face, but the days and weeks will pass and they will become more and more defeated. They will almost always blame themselves for their lot. They will say things like, “I wish I’d applied myself more in school,” or “I should have picked another job.” They’ll burn through their meager savings. Their family lives and communities will suffer. Some will turn to substance abuse or watch too much TV. Their health will slip — the ailments they’ve been working through will seem twice as painful. Their marriages will fail. They will lose their sense of self-worth. Their physical environments will decay around them and their loved ones will become reminders of their failure.Related: Should Tipped Minimum Wage Still Exist?For every displaced worker, there will be two or three others who have their shifts and hours reduced, their benefits cut and their already precarious financial lives pushed to the brink. They will try to consider themselves lucky even as their hopes for the future dim.Meanwhile, in Manhattan and Silicon Valley and Washington D.C., my friends and I will be busier than ever fighting to stay current and climb within our own hypercompetitive environments. We will read articles with concern about the future and think about how to redirect our children to more fertile professions and livelihoods. We will retweet something and contribute here and there. We will occasionally reflect on the fates of others and shake our heads, determined to be among the winners in whatever the new economy brings.The logic of the meritocracy is leading us to ruin, because we are collectively primed to ignore the voices of the millions getting pushed into economic distress by the grinding wheels of automation and innovation. We figure they’re complaining or suffering because they’re losers.We need to break free of this logic of the marketplace before it’s too late.We must reshape and accelerate society to bring us all to higher ground. We must find new ways to organize ourselves independent of the values that the marketplace assigns to each and every one of us.As Bismarck said, “If revolution there is to be, let us rather undertake it not undergo it.” Society will change either before or after the revolution. I choose before.We are more than the numbers on our paychecks — and we are going to have to prove it very quickly.—This is an excerpt from Andrew Yang’s The War on Normal People, published by Hachette on April 3rd. To pre-order a copy click here. 14 min read Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. How Success Happens Listen Nowlast_img read more