AI, automation and the future of work

By Andy Mason. Originally published by Pulp, 4 Dec 2016.   Three weeks on and the world is still reeling from the news that a bright orange cartoon supervillain will be the next president of the world’s leading economic and political power. As predicted by The Simpsons 16 years ago. Pic source: The Guardian Most media coverage and left-leaning discussions on social media since have focussed on the role of sexism and racism in paving the way for Trump’s victory. The connection between anti-immigrant sentiment and job losses in the US due to outsourcing and low-cost immigrant labour, is a deeper story which has...
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Doomsday preppers: paranoid nutjobs or eco-visionaries?

By Andy Mason, originally published in Sydney University student newspaper Honi Soit, 26th May 2016 Recently, in order to avoid doing any actual study about environmental issues, I’ve been binge watching National Geographic’s Doomsday Preppers. It follows US families who’ve devoted themselves to preparing for any number of doomsday scenarios – everything from natural disasters like earthquakes and hurricanes to a nuclear attack or economic collapse. Many have invested tens of thousands of dollars or more in any number of elaborate schemes to protect their family from catastrophe – underground bunkers, home-made tanks, surveillance systems, booby-traps, you name it. Of course,...
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The dinner table

Sometimes we sit around the dinner table. Bre has cooked a vegan meal, Ruby has made a good dessert. I brought some strawberries. Kitty has just set up  a new table in the living area. It's right by the window. Marco comes home from catching them all. Ed is over for dinner, as well. This house is full of history. Poppy gets home from work. Tim has just spent an hour teaching Ruby the saxophone. There's a potluck on Sunday, when we'll all get together again. Andy and Bre will come for the meeting, before going to visit a relative on Father's...
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ASEN NSW citizen science roadtrip!

ASEN NSW citizen science roadtrip!

  This mid-semester break, ASEN NSW are heading up to Vickery State Forest on Gomeroi country to take part in citizen science efforts and learn from traditional owners and community about the effects of coal mining on livelihoods in the New England area. It'll be happening from 24-28 September (Saturday to Wednesday) with ASEN organising carpooling and food in exchange for attendees chipping in to cover costs. Find out more on the facebook event, at the info night happening at UNSW (Tuesday 6 September 5pm Quad G027) or by emailing nswact[at]asen.org.au . And don't forget to register at tinyurl.com/asen-citizen-science ! All welcome, including...
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Film screening of Heritage Fight

Written by Agnes McKingley   Tonight Cinema Politica organised a film screening of Heritage Fight for Radical Education Week at University of Sydney. Radical Education Week has seen a display of different workshops, skill-sharing events and discussions surrounding a range of subjects which are deeply relevant to the emerging citizens among Syndey Uni's youth. The workshops are free and open to anyone, not just uni students. Heritage Fight followed the efforts of a community which would not allow unethical and damaging industrialisation to enter its borders. I decided to go see Heritage Fight because I am planning on moving to Western Australia next year,...
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