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Saturday Links:

The World After Coronavirus, The Social-Distancing Culture War, Florida is a Sh!t Sandwich, The Robots are Ready, plus twitter highlights…

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Happy Saturday to one and all! I hope everyone has a safe, stress-free, super-relaxing weekend planned (if at all possible).

My daily links “experiment” presses on.

In case you’re new to it, I’m posting a set of links and twitter highlights from stuff that I find useful, interesting, funny, or that has otherwise grabbed my attention in some meaningful way.

I try to get them out every morning as early as my schedule allows and they will never be locked behind Medium’s paywall — they are accessible to one and all.

Make sure you check in each day to see what I find interesting. That is of course, if what I find interesting is something that interests you.

Alright, enough of that, let’s get to the business, shall we?

***Please note that a posted link or tweet does not necessarily equal an endorsement of the author or the ideas expressed in the link or tweet, sometimes I may completely disagree with it, but nonetheless think it’s worth sharing for educational purposes. Thank you for your understanding.***

1. The World After Coronavirus — Yuval Noah Harari, FT

Writing in the Financial Times, Yuval Noah Harari (historian, philosopher, and author of the popular books Sapiens and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century), writes about the “global crisis” humanity now faces.

According to Harari, we face two important choices:

The first is between totalitarian surveillance and citizen empowerment. The second is between nationalist isolation and global solidarity.

Yuval is a clear, original, and dispassionate thinker — a rare thing these days. I highly recommend reading this article in The Financial Times and checking out his other work.

2. The Social-Distancing Culture War Has Begun — The Atlantic

Across the country, social distancing is morphing from a public-health to political act. The consequences could be disastrous.

This is a huge problem.

I think one of the reasons America, despite its wealth of intelligence and resources, is having such a hard time with battling this pandemic productively is the tribalism that is deeply, deeply ingrained in our culture at the moment. Now is not the time for partisan bickering or one-upmanship.

This is serious. It’s bad. We need to fight it. And the virus has nothing at all to do with politics.

We’d all do well to remember that.

3. ‘It’s a sh — sandwich’: Republicans rage as Florida becomes a nightmare for Trump — Politico

Interesting piece in Politico detailing the headache Florida Republicans are dealing with as newly jobless Floridians try to navigate the state’s unemployment system. Many seem to be getting nowhere.

With hundreds of thousands of Floridians out of work, the state’s overwhelmed system is making it nearly impossible for many people to even get in line for benefits.

While Politico is a left-leaning publication according to AllSides, many quotes in this article do come directly from Republican sources in the state.

“It’s a sh — sandwich, and it was designed that way by Scott,” said one DeSantis advisor. “It wasn’t about saving money. It was about making it harder for people to get benefits or keep benefits so that the unemployment numbers were low to give the governor something to brag about.”

Republican Party of Florida chairman Joe Gruters was more succinct: “$77 million? Someone should go to jail over that.”

It seems it truly is becoming an unmitigated disaster. As to whether or not that has an impact on Trump’s chances at reelection remains to be seen.

4. The Robots Are Ready — Brookings Institute

As if American workers don’t have enough to worry about right now, the COVID-19 pandemic is resurfacing concerns about technology’s impact on the future of work. Put simply, any coronavirus-related recession is likely to bring about a spike in labor-replacing automation.

This article from the Brookings Institute highlights the rapid rise of autonomous labor and robotics that the age of COVID-19 is likely to usher in.

Not a surprising take in the least, but an interesting read nonetheless.

I’m obsessed with the seemingly endless ways this pandemic is going to shape the future and change the course of history. There is just so much to think about here and the more of us.

5. Twitter highlights:

As always, thanks for reading. Please stay safe, stay inside, follow the guidelines, and wear a mask if you can.

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