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Maeve Cohen, Co-director of Rethinking Economics, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about her organization and its efforts to change economics education. Cohen, who co-founded the Post-Crash Economics Society, argues for a more human-centered approach to economics that would be less confident in its policy prescriptions and more honest about the significance of its underlying assumptions.

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0:33

Intro. [Recording date: November 8, 2018.]

Russ Roberts: Before introducing today's guest, I want to correct an error I made in a recent episode. At the end of the episode with Alan Lightman, I read a quote from Tom Stoppard's play Arcadia. And in the middle of that quote Stoppard's character quotes from the poem "She Walks in Beauty": 'She walks in beauty, like the night of cloudless climes and starry skies, and all that's best of dark and bright meet in her aspect and her eyes'. Four beautiful lines. I pointed out incorrectly that that poet of those lines was Shelley. In fact, it's Lord Byron. They overlapped almost exactly in their lifespan; but that's an inexcusable error, though. I apologize to Lord Byron. And it's a particularly bad mistake because Byron, while not an onstage character in Arcadia, he does get discussed a lot. So he feels like a character. I want to thank listener Larry Guthrie for pointing out my misattribution. We've corrected it in the Highlights.

1:28

Russ Roberts: And now on to today's guest. She is Maeve Cohen, the director of Rethinking Economics, an organization working to reform how economics is taught and understood. And, that reform is our topic for today.... So, how did Rethinking Economics get started?

Maeve Cohen: So, I went to university in 2012--so, quite soon after the global Financial Crisis. And I was also studying politics and philosophy. And it was quite astounding to me, the way that I was being taught these different subjects. So, politics and philosophy was looking at different ways that you could view these things, and drawing on different value bases that you could have and really exploring the discipline like that. Whereas economics was taught as this one way of thinking about economics as if it's fact, with no [?] critical analysis of anything that was happening. And, notably, no mention of the financial crash that had just happened and was affecting a lot of our lives. And so, me, and some fellow students, a group called Post-Crash Economics at the U. of Manchester, to try and reform the curriculum at Manchester. And, at the same time there were groups doing this--we found out after the fact--all across Europe, and now it's all across the world--who were similarly very discontent with the economics that they were learning and wanted to campaign for curriculum reform. So, now we are 53 groups in 25 different countries of students at universities campaigning for curriculum reform.

Russ Roberts: And, you were at Manchester, in England. I don't think your experience would be that much different from a student in the United States. I don't think that the Financial Crisis had much of an impact on how economics is taught in the United States, either. Which I, like you--I find it somewhat surprising. I'm not as shocked by it. I think I'm probably somewhat equally disturbed by that fact as you are, but maybe for different reasons, that we'll explore later on. But, I think what has happened--if I had to guess, and I'm not an expert on this, but if I had to guess--I think most textbooks have responded to it by, say, adding a chapter. They certainly haven't re-thought anything fundamental about the way the curriculum is approached. And, so, I don't think it's much different in the United States than it is there. I think it's the same problem. And, of course, part of the problem is the fact that when you become a professor of economics, as I was for 30 years, you aren't trained in how to teach. You are trained in the ideas of economics. So, the way most of us teach is we go back to our graduate notes, from our notes in the graduate classes we took--because we didn't save our undergrad ones or didn't take very good notes, most of the time--and then we try to dumb those down and match some textbook that we've adopted. I usually didn't have a textbook, didn't use a textbook. But I certainly was heavily influenced by my professors in what I thought was appropriate to teach. And I think that's probably true pretty much everywhere.

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. Yes. So, as a thing, contrast to the other disciplines that I was learning, in politics in particular we were giving reading lists, [?] on philosophy. Reading lists of lots of different thinkers exploring different ideas from different viewpoints. Whereas in economics, there's no reading list. You just get the Mankiw textbook and [?]--that's what makes up your class. And it doesn't encourage any sort of critical thought of it. It's just presented to you as this value-free science: that, this is what economics is; this is what economics always has been. Which--yeah--we feel doesn't produce the critical thinkers that we need. And when we are facing such stark economic crises like the global Financial Crash or like the ecological crises that we face, the [?] massive wealth and income inequality--yeah, this lack of ability to think critically about economics is, we feel, perpetuated in these problems.

6:01

Russ Roberts: I think most economists like to think of themselves as like physicists, but applying their tools to human beings instead of, say, atoms. And so, in physics, there would be no reason to read Newton. And so, similarly--because it's all subsumed. Everything that was right in Newton, we still teach; and everything that was wrong, we've dropped; obviously, there were things that were wrong but not capturing what we now know is a richer story. And we try to do that in economics as well. We say, 'Well, we don't have to read Adam Smith any more, because what was good in Adam Smith we've kept, and what was bad or wrong, we've rejected.' As if economics advances like physics does, through empirical testing and rejection of things that don't match the data. But, as I think you are arguing, that's really not what economics is doing.

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. So, economics is a social science, and it's impossible to get rid of the complexity of it. It's impossible to strip it down to, like, a linear equation or to say that this is what happens--so, this model works in the United Kingdom therefore it will work absolutely everywhere. It's just not possible to do that. And, obviously, economics has developed from there, and there's loads of really interesting and nuanced work going on in the world of economics; but the problem is, we do not teach that to our undergraduates. And undergraduates are incredibly influential. Like, most people who study undergraduate economics will not go on to do a Master's or a Ph.D. They will go on to work in a bank or lead a big business or work in the media--

Russ Roberts: or vote--

Maeve Cohen: or work around a policy table. And yeah, yeah, yeah. And they have this really basic knowledge of economics. It's not representative of the world, and isn't particularly helpful in a lot of really important scenarios. And it creates this sort of economic common sense within society which is actually not helping us address some of the most pressing problems of our time.

Russ Roberts: It raises an interesting question--and this is a side-note. But, you make me think about the fact that Psychology, which is a very popular undergraduate major in the United States and I think elsewhere--I wonder how, the way academic undergraduate psychology is taught in universities affects our daily lives through people believing certain things about how the world works that--might be true, but might not be. How we see ourselves. It's a really interesting, I think not fully-explored question about how undergraduate curriculum issues get transferred into daily life.

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. Definitely. And I think particularly with the discipline of economics. Because, economics is such an influential force within society. And, for example, if you are arguing for a policy--you've just had mid-term elections--you are arguing for a policy--most of these policies have to be backed up with economic reasoning. So, we have to be like, 'Yeah, but is it good for the economy?' And, so, what the sort of economic common sense is, within society, is really important. Because it allows, em, basically allows politicians to wield--and this is solved; maybe it's a different point about how economics is inaccessible and how a lot of the population are unable to engage with economics, so they have to sort of take this, this, this version of economics as given, because they are not encouraged to think about these things or it's not spoken about in a language that people can relate to or understand or relate to their lived experiences. But it creates this huge, hugely powerful discipline that's incredibly opaque. And that in turn can create massive democratic deficits. Which is another huge problem. So, I think: Yes, there is a problem, I'm sure in so many disciplines. Definitely Psychology; and that's really interesting. I hadn't thought of that. But because economics is such a powerful force in the world, I think it's particularly dangerous within[?] an economic curricula.

10:12

Russ Roberts:

Russ Roberts: And I agree. I think--even though we probably, you are going to see--we disagree on a lot of things; but so many we do agree on, which is I think extremely interesting. I want to summarize what I think are two of the key points that you've made so far that I think capture what I see as the approach that you are pushing. And again, I'm not--I'm totally in agreement with these. One is to make people aware that there are other schools of economic thought. In history. So, the history of economic thought, seems, should matter, as well as the diversity of thought in the current day. And then, secondly, the implication that it's value-free. Not--I think some of it is value-free, in the following sense. I think there are fundamental principles of human behavior that are agreed on by people on the Left and the Right. Even though they might disagree about what the implications of those fundamentals are, or how they get discussed in policy. So, for example, I think no matter what kind of flavor of economist you are, you might accept the fact that people respond to incentives. You might disagree about what the incentives are--

Maeve Cohen: Yeah.

Russ Roberts: You might disagree about the importance of monetary versus non-monetary incentives. I think economics of different political stripes can agree that much of what we see in the world we see around us is emergent rather than designed from the top down. Although there's, I think a lot of--there is some nuance there that people do disagree on. But the aggregation of behavior into what economics call markets is a shorthand for, um, how we interact, is useful. Now, we might disagree about how well they work. We might disagree about whether they should be left alone and what that actually means. But, to me, those are the two cornerstones of economics of any flavor. Which is: People respond to incentives. Which also implies that there is cost to action. There is foregone opportunities. Those two things, I think are undeniable. They have nothing to do with whether you are Marxist or neo-Keynesian or an Austrian. And then that--when we act, together, things happen that aren't just the sum of our individual actions. That there's a complexity that makes policy design challenging. And that we see all around us, that's hard to fully grasp without thinking about it in some depth. So: Do we agree on those things?

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. For sure. I think on the sort of complexity issue, yeah, I completely agree with you. I think that that is another issue that is not translated as well as it could be, in undergraduate curricula. Just, you are given a lot of, like, simple--well, not simple--they are quite complicated--but you're given a lot of problems that's, models, that don't really take complexity as the issue as well--yeah, they don't explain that as well as they could, I think. But, yes, I do agree with you.

Russ Roberts: Yeah, on that point, I once gave a talk to a group of Ph.D. economists--a high level, well-trained group of people. And I was talking about emergent order. And they were bored out of their minds. They said, 'Oh, look, we know all this: markets work.' And that wasn't my point at all. It turned out. But the way we have been trained as economists to think about complexity is: 'Oh, it's supply and demand, and we know how that works.' As if that stark, blackboard model--which I love, by the way: I have a lot of affection for supply and demand; I think it's a powerful, simplifying tool. But it is only a tool. It is only a simplification. It doesn't capture the richness of how our interactions actually work in the real world. It's a crude attempt to get at something that's important. But I think most economists think, 'Well, that is how--that's actually the real world.' And that's a terrible error.

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. No. Well, I definitely agree. Like, supply and demand, and the market, and all of these things are incredibly useful. And using these tools have helped economies. And--yeah--helped people achieve great things. And done a lot of good in the world. But, yeah, the point that I try and make and the point that we're about is that it's not the only tool that you can use and actually in some circumstances and for some problems it's really not useful at all. And if we are wanting economists, of people who are economically literate, to be creating a better world for us all, they need to know more than just that sort of--yeah, that simplistic model.

15:05

Russ Roberts: So, two of the things that are behind "Rethinking Economics," your organization, are, you call democratizing economics and economic pluralism. What do you mean by those terms, and why are they important?

Maeve Cohen: So, by 'pluralism,' we mean, um, yeah--exposing students to the different schools of thought that are out there. And that's--that's--yeah--looking at first Keynesianism, looking at feminist economics, looking at ecological economics. And, and, and looking at the values that underpin each, em, as well as looking at the values that underpin mainstream economics. And then, yeah, being able to engage with these schools of thought--where they've come from and where they've got to, why they think the way that they think. And what that means for policy implications. Em, and then for democratizing economics. So, this is something--em--I touched on earlier about how we have a whole population of people that aren't included in these economic discussions. So, they don't--economics is so jargon-laden and elitist that a lot of people aren't able to engage with it. And then we get all these policy recommendations, policy proposals backed up by economic reasoning[?], and people don't understand the reasoning, so they are voting for policies that they don't understand. And that creates this massive democratic deficit. On the democratizing economics point, we have actually, so, an assisted charity called--because we realized it's basically impossible to reform university curricula--and democratize economics at the same time. So, we have assisted charity now called 'Economy' who make--they are just based in the United Kingdom, but they do a lot of work on making economics accessible. And crash courses for adults. They do a lot of work in schools. And they have website that sort of de-jargons the news. So, we've stepped away from that a bit now because it was too big a task to do--

Russ Roberts: Well, let's talk about the curriculum. Because, I think--again, ironically, when you listed those, some of things, approaches, that people aren't exposed to--my first thought is: 'But those are wrong!' and of course, you look at some things I'd like to see more; and I think, 'But those are wrong.' And I think, one of the lessons--

Maeve Cohen: But in a way that's not really the point--

Russ Roberts: It's not--

Maeve Cohen: Like, you don't have to be a feminist economist to benefit from the fact that actually, by understanding by that theory works and how it gets to the conclusions that it gets to--that in itself is an exercise that is useful, that is an exercise that helps you think critically and think more creatively. It's not just learning something by rote. It's engaging with the core of what that theory is. So, we--yeah--so, for example, we champion, like, teaching students feminist economics, for example. But then we also champion teaching students Austrian economics. Which is like, on the political spectrum, the opposite side.

Russ Roberts: Yeah--

Maeve Cohen: Because, there's a lot can be gained from these insights. And a lot can be gained from just doing the exercise of just actually trying to understand, why, when you hold these assumptions to be true, that we get these outcomes. Compared to holding these assumptions to be true and getting these outcomes. They are exercised, in and of itself, will create better, more thoughtful economists, we feel.

Russ Roberts: Well, I agree with that. When I was saying, 'That's the wrong kind,' I was being a bit facetious--

Maeve Cohen: --yeah. Yeah.

Russ Roberts: satirical. But I think, you know, one of the lessons here is humility: that you, one, me, person, does not have access to The Truth. And I just say, as an aside: When listeners write me and say, 'You have to interview so-and-so, because he or she has this model of how the world works that's correct.' And I always want to say, 'Well, I always think'--there's no one model that's exactly right. And people who are going to around saying--you learn some things sometimes from those people. But, they are also a little bit dangerous, because--

Maeve Cohen: Mmmhmm--

Russ Roberts: they are evangelists. And evangelism has value, as long as you are aware that you are evangelist. I think a lot of evangelists don't realize that. In economics, anyway. I don't know--leave aside the religious piece of that. But--

19:24

Russ Roberts: So, I think it's extremely helpful to be aware that you don't have a monopoly on the truth, whatever your value system is. And, in principle, your organization has the opportunity to do that. But you do have, also, a direct--you are trying to build a curriculum, I understand, that would be the richer or different than the current standard one: you mentioned Mankiw, whose textbook--and it is very good textbook for describing a particular kind of economics. Greg [Mankiw] would disagree with that, I think. He would say, 'No, it's just the truth.' But, I'm sympathetic to your approach. What is your organization doing in the area of curriculum, design, or implementation?

Maeve Cohen: So, we do--so, as I say, we were born of--well we are a student movement. And we are working in different ways. So, we try and produce research that shows that there is a problem. So, we produced a book called the Econocracy that was looking at 7 different universities in the United Kingdom and examining their curricula. And then we have student groups in different countries that have done the same. Their universities--the groups in the Netherlands have done it; Norwegians have done it--there's individual universities have done it as well. The Danes are doing it. The [?] which are exciting. So we are trying to do that. And we try and create alternatives. So, we produced a reader--an introduction to pluralist economics that was edited by our students. So, that looked at 11 different schools of thought and that--the point of that was, because of this problem of a lack of reading lists, that could be something that could complement economic courses and could quite an easy win for professors: it's just like, 'This is in the university library. Explore these different ways of thinking about university--about economics--sorry.' And then the students can also learn that as a tool for learning about new schools of thought. But, with regards to creating a curricula--this is--we are not really prescriptive. We don't want to say, like--like you say, we don't want to be the people saying that this is the way that you've got to do it. Every single university is different. We are in 25 different countries, as I say; and different--different models and different ways of thinking of the economy, more suitable for different countries. So, we haven't created a curriculum. Firstly, because we don't have the capacity, the amount of time and effort and knowledge and all of those things that take--we are a compending[?] organization, so we don't have those resources. And we only have 5 members of staff, even though we have hundreds and hundreds of volunteers. But, all of us, our groups are autonomous groups. And some of them are working on developing curriculas at their own universities. And it's more of creating sort of broader strokes: these are the things that you need to include; these are, it's just like the starting point if you are going to teach undergraduates economics. Yeah, for example, History of Economic Thought is an essential part of that economic history, is an essential part of the--em. So, we haven't, and we aren't going to create a template curriculum for people, because we don't really think that that's the way to go. It's more of encouraging our students to compare[?] at their own universities and do the projects that they feel would be most beneficial to them. So, some of them will be creating curricula. And some of our students are currently teaching curricula at universities that they've created and off the back of their love of pluralism. But, yeah--it's not a sort of over-arching thing that we're creating.

23:17

Russ Roberts: So, you mentioned two things. One, very quickly, in passing I just want to emphasize the distinction and their individual importance, which is History of Economic Thought and Economic History--

Maeve Cohen: yeah--

Russ Roberts: It's remarkable how uninformed we all around about economic history. Certainly--I got my Ph.D. in 1981. And I think I was one of the last--I don't think it's true any more, but--this was at the University of Chicago--and we were required to take, I think two economic history classes. I doubt that's true any more. It's certainly not true at most universities, and maybe almost at none. And that's a shame. Although, it's certainly more important I think for undergraduates, and for, as you say, sort of everyday people who have a, who've absorbed some kind of economic worldview, either from their coursework or their, just the air around them, the zeitgeist, to have some understanding of economic history. And, one of the things I find depressing about the United States--I don't think it's--well, you'll tell me if it's true in the United Kingdom and elsewhere--but we have this, um, this thing called the Advanced Placement Exam where high school students can get credit for college level classes by taking an exam; and then they don't have to--in theory don't have to take a class, if they get a high enough score, when they get to college. And, those--I don't think I would do very well in those exams. Which is either--I don't know if it says something about me or the exam or both. But, you know, my kids took them. And they would come and ask me questions, you know, in practicing for those. And I--some of them, [?] I would just say, 'I have no idea.' And I would give the answer; and they would say, 'Well, that's wrong. It turns out it's 3. It's c, not b.' And I'd say, 'Beats me.' So, one of the--that's a problem. That's a little strange. But the point I want to make that's, beside that fact that it treats economics as like it's just a set of facts and results, like physics, is it's extremely free of any context or economic history or complexity about the point you made earlier: that something might work in this country; it might not work elsewhere. It treats everything as if, like, the law of gravity: that it will work in Pisa, Italy as well as Manhattan. And that's just not true. And it's a terrible encouragement to, I think, wrong thinking.

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. Yeah. I completely agree with all of that. The instance of multiple choice exams is--truly shocking. So, I was a [?] student. I left school at 16, and I didn't go to university until I was 25. And I had this idea of what university would be like: And university was going to be this place where everybody was talking openly with each other and examining their disciplines, and, like, bouncing ideas off each other--

Russ Roberts: [?] and dmahhhom[?], dmahhhom[?]

Maeve Cohen: And I got there and Econ 101, multiple choice exam was like--

Russ Roberts: [?]dmahhhom[?]

Maeve Cohen: this is nuts. This is not what I thought university would be. And it's quite depressing, really.

Russ Roberts: Yeah. That's a side-problem, I would say. Which is the focus on results rather than ways of thinking.

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. And it's really difficult--

Russ Roberts: And that's what multiple choice does.

Maeve Cohen: It's really difficult. So, particularly in the United Kingdom, well, now, now that we've got--tuition fees have risen dramatically in the last few years. And that's the main source of revenue for universities, so that they--they have huge amounts of students coming to study these courses. So, in my Econ 101, there was like 600 students. And it's a real, real problem. Like, how do you critically engage with 600 students? Like, how do you examine that amount of students? So, this is where the multiple choice exams have come from--

Russ Roberts: Yep--

Maeve Cohen: and I can completely understand the constraints on academics; and it must be--it's really hard to square the circle. But, I mean, but it's essential if you want a functioning society, I think.

Russ Roberts: Yeah. I taught Principles of Economics at UCLA [University of California, Los Angeles] to 350 people, and I--I made a few decisions at the beginning of the class. One was I would not use a microphone. Which was challenging. But it kept my energy level up. When you are going to talk in a room with 350 people, you better have a high energy level.

Maeve Cohen: Well, [?], yeah, yeah.

Russ Roberts: Because otherwise you start mumbling in front of the room; and 310 of 350 are sleeping. But the other thing I tried to do, which--I don't know if it worked or not but I think this is extremely important--is that I tried to have conversation about the questions we were looking at with those 350 students. Of course, you can't let every person participate. And most of them don't want to. But there were probably 30-50 of those students who would interact with me in one--30 or so in any one class. Or 20. And then, it wouldn't always be the same, every class. But it's not so much that only 20 people got to talk. Three hundred fifty people got to hear a conversation, just like we're having right now. And I think it's the exchange of ideas and the way of thinking like an economist which is so much more important than what's the ratio of the, what's the marginal rate, definition of the marginal rate of substitution, today, dah, dah, dah, dah, dah. And so, giving over--you know, when I was a teacher, the thing that used to bother me the most, the parallel I would make was to astronomy. So, in astronomy you have this unbelievable, magical, awesome, wondrous poetry of the nighttime sky. But that's not what you learn in astronomy. What you learn in undergraduate astronomy when I took it is the dumbed-down version of graduate astronomy. Which is a bunch of results which I could just spit back on an exam. Whereas, the life-changing classes in any field, or the ones that get you to see the world through a different lens--and that's what I think economics should be and often isn't. Which is tragic.

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. Exactly. And it really depresses me. I don't--I'm sure you've experienced this in your day, your apply[?] your whatever, and somebody asks you what you do, and you are like, 'Oh, I work in economics.' And they just go blank. And they are not interested. And there is this sense in society that economics is boring. People understand it's really important, but they also think it's boring. And it's like, 'Oh, my God, it's just not boring at all!' And then you talk to them a bit more in depth about it, and people are always engaged by--usually pretty engaged and excited. And it is--society has done this incredibly good job of making this incredibly dynamic and exciting discipline seem super-boring. And, that's--yeah--quite depressing for people like us, I'm sure.

Russ Roberts: Yeah. My favorite is, a woman was next to me on a plane, and she asked me what I was going to do, and I said to her I was an economist, and she said, 'That's too bad. My husband isn't here. He loves the stock market.'--

Maeve Cohen: oh, no--

Russ Roberts: And I wanted to say 'Well, that wouldn't have helped. I don't know much about the stock market.' And, but that's what people think. The other one I like is 'That must be handy around tax time.' Well, I hate filling out my taxes. And I'm not good at it. And that's what accountants and tax preparers do. Not economists. But, yeah....

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. I'm terrible at money--

Russ Roberts: Yeah. Exactly. Terrible--

Maeve Cohen: People always say to me, 'Oh, that's really funny because you're an economist'--

Russ Roberts: 'An economist'--

Maeve Cohen: Yeah.

Russ Roberts: It's not--yeah. I tried for a while to give a different answer. And I think I have forgotten: There was a period in my life where I would just, instead of saying I was an economist, I would, I would say something like--I forget what it was, but it might have been something like: 'Oh, what do you do?' 'Well, I'm interested in how things work from the bottom up rather than the top down, and how things emerge that are the product of our actions together but not any one person.' 'Oh, well, that's interesting. What does that mean?' Whereas, if you say you're an economist, it's over. Usually.

Maeve Cohen: Yeah.

Russ Roberts: It's usually the end of the conversation.

31:31

Russ Roberts: One of the things that gives me hope, and I don't know how you feel about it, and your organization, but certainly with the existence of the web today, people have access to so much more than what they are spoon-fed or force-fed by their professors. So, isn't that some cause for celebration?

Maeve Cohen: Oh, for sure. I mean, we wouldn't exist as a company--in fact, there's been iterations of companies doing similar stuff since the 1970s. I think one of the reasons why we've had such staying power is, yeah, because of the Internet. And because there is so much--when people get in touch with those, we can point them in the direction of loads of different resources. And we're talking [?] about exploring economics, which is, there's a network of, if German groups doing this same thing, and that this is one of their projects, and they have this website called 'Exploring Economics,' which has loads of online courses looking at different schools of thought, loads of different resources that we can point our students in the direction of; and yet it's, it's incredible. And we can communicate online. We can have a little reading group, discussion things, that are happening online. Yeah. It's--yeah--very grateful for the Internet.

Russ Roberts: And people can listen to EconTalk. Which--

Maeve Cohen: Exactly.

Russ Roberts: Hearing our voices right now is certainly taking advantage of the Internet. Almost certainly.

32:56

Russ Roberts: Before we leave some of these issues, I want to just go back to something you mentioned at the very beginning. You talked about how the genesis of your interest in these topics was in the aftermath of the financial crisis and that you were involved in something--the post-crash something--what was it?

Maeve Cohen: The Economic Society.

Russ Roberts: So, what do you feel, and what did you sense from people who were passionate about that at the time? What do you think was the mistake that was made, post-Crash? What was the opportunity that was missed, and certainly in the teaching of economics?

Maeve Cohen: Well, I think that after the Crash, lots of people went to study economics because it was so abundantly apparent that economics was super-important and was having a massive impact on people's lives. So, this is so, a perception of economics students that they--yeah, into the stock market and they just want to go and work in the city. But, actually, I don't think that that's true in general, but particularly at this time there was lots of people, and there are still lots of people going on to study economics because they want to do some social good. And, because of the way that it was taught to us as just this sort of abstract theory, that was completely detached from people and society, it lost a lot of those people along the way. Those people either became, em--they sort of forgot the reason they got involved in the first place. Or they dropped out or changed their major or whatever it is that they did. But I think the big mistake that was made after the Crash with economics education and the big mistake that's still being made is that there are lots of people that are--both the students are really thirsty for knowledge and want to do social good. And by detaching economics from people, which is how it is presented in most undergraduates, it's doing those people a disservice. And therefore doing society a disservice.

Russ Roberts: Yeah. There was an enormous interest, certainly here in the United States, I think after the Crisis. Because, we had had this prolonged period of economic--I would call it stability, slow or pretty good growth for a while--the recessions that we'd had were relatively small. Of course, people were affected by them. I didn't[?] they were small. But, for the economy as a whole, most individuals did pretty well. And there was nothing like this in our lifetime. And so, a lot of people I think did get a wake-up call. You know, one of them was John Papola, the filmmaker who contacted me, and we made the Keynes-Hayek rap videos. Really, those happened because--

Maeve Cohen: Hah, hah, hah, hah? Did you make that?

Russ Roberts: I did. With John.

Maeve Cohen: Oh, my God. That's great.

Russ Roberts: Thank you. But John--that wouldn't have happened without this film-maker--I was working in television at the time, started reading and thinking, 'I've got to figure out what's going on. Like, this is weird, this stuff.' So, I think a lot of people got galvanized. And if it hadn't been for the Internet, you know, they would have pulled out some not-so-exciting book called "Economics" that they found in a library. Would have put it down pretty quickly because it's not very accessible, as you've been saying. But for me--

Maeve Cohen: But yet this--Sorry to go on--

Russ Roberts: No, I just say, for me, and EconTalk, one of the reasons, one of the silver linings of the Crisis, was it did get a lot of people interested in what economics is. They struggled to gain access to it. As you pointed out. But, it does cause--it was a wake-up call for a lot of folks who weren't academics. Who weren't university students. Just say. And I want to know what happened. I want to understand it. In contrast to, say, the Great Depression, which was a similar event--much worse. But, at that time, if you think about being an individual in 1933, when unemployment I think was about 25% in the United States, or just absolutely horrific: What would you do if you want to understand it? You know, there was nothing to do. And here, we live in this time--doesn't mean everything's great--but at least we live in a time when people can explore things in unimagined ways compared to the past.

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. Definitely. And: Academics can use this stuff to educate the students. And I think this is a real shame, itself, the structure of academia, is there's so much weight is put on research and producing good research that the teaching, like you were saying: You don't get proper training to be a teacher. And that sort of how you engage students. I mean, I had a few professors who were incredible and obviously really passionate about how they input so much thought into it. But they are few and far between. And if you have got all these pressures on you as an academic to produce research, you've got all of this, this bureaucracy that you've got to do with these students, then actually creating a course that's engaging and using things like, [?], which seems really obvious, is--you just don't have the time to do that. And so you do end up just teaching the same slides[?] you've been teaching for the last 10 years. They are just not engaging or interesting at all. And that's a real shame.

38:07

Russ Roberts: The other point is that--and I brought this up again; I bring it up as often as I can, I guess--in a recent episode with Anat Admati we were talking about the Crisis. And, unfortunately, many economics benefit either explicitly or implicitly from the status quo. They either hope to work for the Federal Reserve; they maybe consult on Wall Street. And so, they are somewhat compromised. And, we think of ourselves, economists, as these detached observers of the human scene. But, of course, we have our own self-interest. And I referenced then and will mention again now a conversation with Luigi Zingales, who makes this point, I think very eloquently, many, many times, and it can't be emphasized enough: Economists act like they are just these doctors who come in to repair and heal the economy. And, of course, we're not. We're something like doctors, but more like doctors who--you know, I have imperfect knowledge of how the body works, and who benefit, as sometimes doctors do, too, from certain types of treatment as opposed to others. So, I think it's just really valuable to be aware of that when you are listening to people give policy advice and other things.

Maeve Cohen: Yeah, and it's also a matter of the lack of diversity within the discipline. I mean, the vast majority of economists are middle class white men; and their lived experience is significantly different to the lived experiences of massive swathes of society. And so we can't hope for those people in those sections of society to be representative in policy decisions. So, this whole point of democratizing economics, that whole branch of what we do, one of the main driving forces behind our--is because we want to make economics relevant to people's lives and show them how exciting it is, and encourage them to out and study economics so that we can get a more diverse set of voices around the policy table. Which I think is--yeah, I mean, that's a huge task. But yeah--speaks to what you were saying of it.

Russ Roberts: Now, why do you say, 'Economics is detached from people?' That's a theme on your website, various versions of that. What does that mean to you? What do you mean by that phrase?

Maeve Cohen: So, we talk about individual agents maximizing utility, in a market. And there's no people in that. So, we look at the rational agent. And I'm certainly not rational. So, my--does that agent represent me? There's no talk of humans, really. It's--yeah. It seems that we're looking at the math and the theory and we are forgetting that actually these are people doing what people do, a massively complex dance. And, by not talking about the people within it, we make it less relayable and less human, and less embedded in the world.

Russ Roberts: But I think it's more than that. It's not just that it's not so relatable. And, we have to concede--you know, there has been a growth in Behavioral Economics, which does try to introduce some more complexity into individual choice, at least. I don't know how much of it has made it into mainstream curriculum. Do you have a feel about that?

Maeve Cohen: Yeah; I mean, it's getting there. There are aspects of progress with Behavioral Economics, for sure.

Russ Roberts: Yeah. I just don't know--I don't think it's--it's not embedded in teaching. It's sort of an aside. Like, 'Oh, by the way, this isn't complete--'

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. Not like a whole curricula. Yeah--

Russ Roberts: It's not obvious you can do that. But, I guess the issue for me, to take your critique about agents, rational agents, I think there's two things that bother me about that. It's not so much the behavioral part. It's not so much that I occasionally make mistakes--which, of course, I do; and we all do. We're all human. I think it's the--when you teach that model over and over again, that, it's basically--I want to give your critique its full due. It's basically saying that, you know, people are like programmable robots; we just have to get the incentives right. And I'm sympathetic to that point. Incentives matter a lot, as I said earlier. But I think once you start thinking of people like robots, you tend to start thinking of--or as programmable or as influenceable, which of course they are--you start to then start thinking that, 'Oh, yeah; and therefore I can make society better off by doing X. Because I can see--I know how people respond, and then I'll get this aggregated impact; and I can just add up all that utility or happiness or whatever we call it.' And I think that's a fundamental misunderstanding of the human enterprise. It's particularly materialistic. It particularly emphasizes stuff over how we experience life. You know, one of the things that, in last 2 or 3 years I've started thinking about a lot is the communal part of our lives, what I call our longing to belong. That our desire to connect with other human beings. It's totally absent from economic modeling other than in the corners of, you know, Gary Becker's work or others who are doing what has been called Economic Sociology. And, that seems to be missing out on like an enormous part of human wellbeing. And by focusing on the measurable stuff-which is--I understand the desire--we're missing an enormous part of the human experience.

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. And I would--yeah. I totally agree with that. And I would go further than that. Like, I think what is happening to our environment is a consequence of that. Because, it's not quantifiable. You can't put--you can't put a number on the environment. And that means we've not been able to accurately analyze the issues, accurately understand or provide solutions to the issues that we are creating. Because it's just--yeah. It's outside of the [?] of the tools that we are using. And to do that effectively--and of course, you can doctor the tools you are using and try and fit bits in here and there. But [?] would be that, fundamentally that way of looking at the world is not the best way to look at our environmental problems. There are other tools we should be and can be using.

44:24

Russ Roberts: So, I want to stretch myself here, and try to critique my usual view of things. And get your reaction. So, in the United States we have this phenomenon--I'm sure you have it there as well in the United Kingdom, but I think it's more pervasive here. Which is, what are called Big Box stores. So, we have these enormous retailers, like WalMart, Home Depot, Lowes. And I love them. I love them all. I confess. I really do love them--in some dimension, anyway. I enjoy shopping there. They are phenomenal places, just to be walking around in. They are brightly lit, and their stuff is cheap, and there's a ton of stuff. Yeah--I'll never forget; I think I've told this story before, about I showed up late for--my plane was delayed and I had to give a speech somewhere, and instead of getting picked up at 7pm I got picked up at midnight; and my bag was lost, so I had no clothes. And the person who picked me up said, 'Do you want to go--do you want to get something to eat?' And I said, 'No, I need to get something to wear.' And so we went to a Super-Wal-Mart. I'd never been in one. That was about 10 years ago; and I still haven't been in one since, because they don't them--we don't let them happen around here, outside Washington, D.C. much. But it was an extraordinary experience. It was 1 o'clock in the morning. It looked like daytime, because it was lit like--it looked like I was near the surface of the sun. And they had everything I needed. And it was cheap. I bought a shaver. And I bought underwear. And I bought a shirt. And I was fine. And it was a glorious, capitalist experience. But--so that's the romance about, in favor. Let's do the romance against, on the other side. The romance against it on the other side is that, you know, small towns that used to have lots of other small retailers now have one giant retailer. It's far away. It's out in the suburb, or it's the wrong side of town where it's cheaper to build a large building. And the texture of daily life is different. Now, I don't romanticize the small-town daily life. Because the stores were not so clean and they didn't have much selection; it was really expensive; there wasn't much competition. There were a lot of negatives, too. But something has been lost by the move toward the larger suburban or exurban retailers. And, as an economist, my first impulse is to say, 'Well, people want to shop at those big stores; we should let them.' And there's issues of subsidies: put those aside for the moment. But, we generally believe in America, and certainly my economics training tells me, that if people choose it, it's for the good. But, something is lost. And the thing--the point I want to make, that I think I have to concede--and people like me, politically, ideologically have to concede--is that, it's not free, that cheap stuff. It changes the texture of daily life. And that, we don't measure. And so, I'm not saying it was a mistake that people make those choices. I'm just saying that the full picture isn't obvious. And I think that's not so good.

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. I mean--yeah. The price mechanism doesn't really work for things like that, because you can't put a price on it. And-yeah. I totally agree. I think that capitalism has brought such wonderful things and increased our living standards to such a great extent--but yeah, this stuff isn't free. And we are creating damage--we are damaging people by always being able to consume things so easily and so cheaply. We are creating pain in other areas of life. And yeah, so Rethinking Economics, I guess that's fundamentally what it's about, is looking at what the damage that currently isn't being measured, is; and how do we begin to incorporate that in our understanding of economics and how do we try and mitigate against some of the worst excesses of that. It's not throwing capitalism out. It's not saying, 'This is a terrible model and it's destroying the world.' It's saying that, 'Yes, some of this stuff is amazing and it's improved our lives massively, but actually there are some huge, gaping flaws here that we need to come look at again.'

48:38

Russ Roberts: So, I want to try and push this Walmart example a little bit. And again, I'm ignoring the fact that Wal-mart gets subsidized sometimes by tax breaks. Of course, other things get subsidized, too. It's really a messy, complicated thing to try to measure those kind of artificial encouragements and discouragements. I just want to think about the following. So, I really love--there's two things I love. I love Amazon. And I love a good book store. And I recognize that Amazon is destroying--has destroyed--lots of bookstores. And, even though I love the fact that I have a zillion books in my house, because of Amazon, and a bunch more on my Kindle, and that I bought those books because they were so inexpensive and easy to get into my house because of the web, I also like occasionally to wander into a physical bookstore and pick up the books and touch them and look at them. And, we all have a temptation to go into those physical bookstores, fondle the books, put them back down, and go home and order from Amazon. And, we would all say, most people would say, 'Well, that's fair. Because that's what markets are about. You make your choices.' But I think we could have a culture, we could have a social norm that says, it's not enough to say, 'I hope everybody else buys their books at the little book store on the corner, because that way I can wander in there every once in a while,' but I'll be buying most of my books at Amazon. But it seems to me we could have a norm that says--again, I don't want to penalize Amazon artificially. I don't want to give them an advantage artificially, either. But I do think we could have a social norm that says, 'If you value that bookstore on the corner, you might want to sacrifice some of your standard of living to shop there, because if you only follow the narrowest of self-interest, it won't be there any more.'

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. And I think that people do. We still have vinyl shops [record stores--Econlib Ed.] in Manchester. Like, we sell at vinyl shops across the world.

Russ Roberts: You'd better explain what those are, Maeve, because most people in America don't know what those--first of all, that's a U.K. word; but it's also out of date. So, explain what that is.

Maeve Cohen: Records--music records. Those big, black disks. We still have--we call them 'vinyls' here; we still have vinyl stores, in the United Kingdom, because people have chosen that--there's other things that they value about listening to music that go beyond just downloading it on Spotify. It's going into the shop, flipping through all the little records; taking out this huge disk with this beautiful cover and they're the things that they value. And I think that there is a huge counterculture and all different aspects. So, in the suburb that I live in, there's this vegan cooperative grocery store--this big store--that is thriving. Like, it does incredibly well. Yeah. Yeah. There's a Morrison's there, which is a big supermarket chain in the United Kingdom: there's a Morrison's next door. So many people go and shop in this vegan cooperative even though it's more expensive, because they value the--they share the same values that this store does. So, I think that, yeah, people do do that. If we could--I think that encouraging those sorts of things is an important part of getting this right; but obviously there are huge systemic barriers to this, so it's not just about individual choice. Like you are saying about Amazon. The ease of it all: there's a lot of things in place that make it far more difficult to do the shopping in the little book store, that we could make some of these things easier for people. I guess.

52:26

Russ Roberts: Yeah: it's a challenge. Because, if you are not careful, you end up supporting legislation that penalizes Amazon; and it's really done to destroy the ability to compete with those smaller players. And, I don't think we ought to do that. I think that's a mistake. I think we shouldn't be artificially helping or hindering anyone. I'm a big fan of creative destruction--despite what I just said. Which is the challenge, I think, of squaring my circle: which is, that I love the idea that the world is dynamic, and I don't want to slow it down too much. But I don't mind if we slow it down through our own choices. We are recording this in the middle of November. And every year, one of the things I absolutely have intellectual problems with is the Christmas holiday shopping argument that we 'need it for the economy.' And, of course, if people decided they wanted to spend more time sitting in front of the fireplace and less time working, and more time with their families, and the economy got a little bit smaller, that would be wonderful if that's what people wanted. If they want to work really have and have lots of--crap--they're entitled, we're entitled; I do plenty of that, too. I'm not being--but this idea that somehow we need it for the economy, it's just absurd. It's just a horrible--

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. It is really dangerous. Obviously, I am sure that you--we disagree on the whole--I don't think I would use the term 'penalizing' Amazon. Penalizing these huge monopolies that have an insane amount of market power. And I do believe in regulation and government intervention to stop that from happening. Particularly with regard to tax, and taxing them fairly. But I think--yeah, this obsession that we have with growth; and a lot of this is born of undergraduate economics education, that a good economy is an economy that grows, is complete fallacy. Yeah. We could actually stand to lose a little growth. We could stand to not--like, the amount of tat, you see at Christmas--the amount of gifts that I get--I'm just like, 'Why would you ever buy this for me?' I don't want this; I don't need this. But it's--yeah--it's good for the economy, so people have got jobs creating this tat; but people have got really badly paid jobs creating stuff that people don't want just so that people can buy more stuff just so the economy can grow. And it is completely backwards, and really destructive on people's livelihoods and just on the state of my livingroom, and yeah, on the environment.

Russ Roberts: Did you say 'tat'?

Maeve Cohen: Tat.

Russ Roberts: How do you spell that?

Maeve Cohen: T-a-t.

Russ Roberts: And how would you translate that, for those who don't speak English? Who only speak American? Junk? Is it junk?

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. Yeah. Just like rubbish. Just like little bits that you don't need.

Russ Roberts: Okay. Glad to get that straight. Love that word. It's like twee--another one of my favorite British words. Which means, I think, adorably, unbearably cute. At least that's what I [?]

Maeve Cohen: Yeah. And like, very traditional--

Russ Roberts: It's like a tchotchke. That would be the Yiddish version of twee. Well, it's a combination. A tchotchke is tat that's twee. That's our linguistic lesson for the day.

55:53

Russ Roberts: So, let's close with the fact that--where I think we don't agree, and try to get some understanding of why. So, we're having a great conversation, and I'm enjoying it. It reminds me of some things that I feel very strongly about that I sometimes forget about. It stretches me a little bit to think about where I might have my own burdens of my education that I don't think about that I carry around unconsciously. But, we don't agree--I think are on the more interventionist side of things, I would guess--

Maeve Cohen: Yes--

Russ Roberts: than I am. I would guess. So, the question is: I wonder why that is. Given that we both don't like many of the things about economics--I wonder what is the underlying cause of our disagreement. I don't know the answer; but I want to see what you can say.

Maeve Cohen: I've got a guess.

Russ Roberts: Go ahead.

Maeve Cohen: I think this is something that--when you were coming of age and when you were becoming an economist, economics was like on the up and in its heyday; and stuff was going well. And this science-cum-religion of economics was really in its ascendency. I had a completely different experience. And this is what we say--I'm slightly older than most of our students, so it works--I'll do the one that we say for our students, and then I'll talk about myself. But, our students were coming of age when economics was just collapsing down around our ears. So, they don't have the same, like, deference towards--not that I'm saying you have a deference towards; obviously you are very critical--but a lot of our professors, a lot of people that we argue with--and deference is probably far too strong a word. But they have this respect for economics that students, that the generation just below mine I would say just don't have. So they just aren't--they aren't as convinced. They start off a hell of a lot more critical than a lot of their professors do. Me, personally: I'm from the northeast of England, which was a huge mining community; and all of them, in 1984-85, there was a massive miners' strike, and the miners lost; and all the mines were shut down. And basically the northeast of England is one of the most deprived areas in England/Europe now. Because they did nothing. So, this was an economic decision that was made in Westminster, and they did nothing to try and rebuild those economies. So, the deprivation and the consequences of the miner's strike that I grew up around made it very--I started off very critical of economics, because I was like, 'Well, that was an economic decision and it done in the economic good, and it's destroyed my neighborhood.' And so, yeah: students definitely, students today are much more critical of economics, just because they never saw it when it was in its heyday.

Russ Roberts: I think that's potential

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by Tim Newbold, Lawrence N. Hudson, Sara Contu, Samantha L. L. Hill, Jan Beck, Yunhui Liu, Carsten Meyer, Helen R. P. Phillips, Jörn P. W. Scharlemann, Andy Purvis Human use of the land (for agriculture and settlements) has a substantial negative effect on biodiversity globally. However, not all species are adversely affected by land use, … Continua la lettura di Widespread winners and narrow-ranged losers: Land use homogenizes biodiversity in local assemblages worldwide
          Chain organization of human interphase chromosome determines the spatiotemporal dynamics of chromatin loci      Cache   Translate Page      
by Lei Liu, Guang Shi, D. Thirumalai, Changbong Hyeon We investigate spatiotemporal dynamics of human interphase chromosomes by employing a heteropolymer model that incorporates the information of human chromosomes inferred from Hi-C data. Despite considerable heterogeneities in the chromosome structures generated from our model, chromatins are organized into crumpled globules with space-filling (SF) statistics characterized … Continua la lettura di Chain organization of human interphase chromosome determines the spatiotemporal dynamics of chromatin loci
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Great environment in which to work Varied Tasks and Responsibilities Autonomous, creative role This is a great opportunity to work in a progressive (religious) NFP organisation as an Admin and Communications Assistant. Please note that you do not have to be of the same religion to be eligible for this role. Responsibilities: Reception; answering phones, […]

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          Meet “Yanu,” an AI-Powered, Cloud-Based Robot Bartender      Cache   Translate Page      

As our technology advances, it’s bringing improvements to an array of everyday activities. But what happens when a cloud-based AI takes over the bar at your local airport? That’s the vision of Robolab, an Estonia-based robotics startup which just raised over $1 million for Yanu, which their website describes as a “fully autonomous AI and […]

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          Audi will spend $16 Billion on electric vehicles and self-driving tech      Cache   Translate Page      
Massive investments from traditional automakers into future mobility tech is getting a major impetus today. Auto Union Der Inglostadt, popularly known as Audi(the Germany luxury automaker under VW Group), will invest 14 billion euros ($15.95 billion) over the next five years on future transportation technologies such as electric mobility, autonomous driving and digital services. The […]
          Sind Hotelzimmer mit Selbstfahrer die Zukunft des Reisens?      Cache   Translate Page      

Stellen Sie sich vor, Sie machen einen Roadtrip und müssen nicht vorbeikommen, um Gas nachzufüllen. Oder vergessen Sie nie etwas im Hotel, wenn Sie tagsüber Sightseeing machen. Wie wäre es mit dem Wegfall von Flughafentransporten, die lange Sicherheitslinien, frustrierende Gepäckgebühren und unerwartete Verspätungen erfordern? Die Autonomous Travel Suite möchte nicht nur einen, sondern alle diese Wünsche Wirklichkeit werden lassen.

Jede mobile Suite, die als Hotel auf Rädern bezeichnet wird, verfügt über einen Schlafbereich, ein eigenes Badezimmer mit WC und Sitzdusche, einen Raum zum Arbeiten oder für Unterhaltung und eine kleine Küche. Es bietet auch Platz für bis zu fünf Personen - Zeit, um den Familienurlaub aufzufrischen. Es klingt zwar ähnlich wie bei einem Wohnmobil-Erlebnis, aber im Gegensatz zu diesen Fahrzeugen erfordert dieses autonome Hotel niemandem, das Rad zu nehmen - die Passagiere können sich also zurücklehnen und entspannen, anstatt sich auf die Straße zu konzentrieren. Außerdem ist das Ganze batteriebetrieben. "Egal, ob es sechs oder zehn Stunden sind, Sie werden sich darin wohl fühlen", berichtet Steve Lee, Designer bei Aprilli Design Studio, der Firma hinter all dem, berichtet " USA Today" .

Die fahrerlose Suite, die den diesjährigen Radical Innovation Award gewonnen hat, wird auch in der Lage sein, Passagiere abzuholen und abzusetzen und mit einer einzigen Ladung bis zu zehn Stunden zu fahren, so USA Today . Dies würde nicht nur typische Reisekosten minimieren, sondern auch viel mehr Flexibilität bieten. Lee plant auch, eine App zu erstellen, um den Buchungsprozess zu rationalisieren.

Aber fangen Sie noch nicht an, diese Inlandsflüge zu stornieren. Obwohl fahrerlose Autos bereits auf der Straße getestet wurden (und Tesla-Chef Elon Musk sagt, dass selbst fahrende Autos im nächsten Jahr unterwegs sein könnten), wird die Autonomous Travel Suite wahrscheinlich nicht vor 2030 ein Debüt geben, sagt Lee.


          Alphabet's Wing to take off in Finland      Cache   Translate Page      
The autonomous drone delivery service is launching in the Helsinki area in spring of 2019.
          AVEVAI Iona Van, un nou concept electric destinat pieței europene      Cache   Translate Page      

Constructorul din Singapore AVEVAI (Autonomous Vehicle, Electric Vehicle, Artificial Intelligence) a prezentat două concepte electrice în cadrul Salonului Auto de la Guangzhou. Denumite AVEVAI Iona Van și Iona Truck, acestea se adresează transportatorilor care operează cu precădere în zonele urbane. De altfel, noul van electric AVEVAI Iona este destinat pieței europene. Cele două modele amintite […]

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          WalMart is deploying 360 autonomous floor-scrubbing robots that can clean even when customers are around.      Cache   Translate Page      
WalMart is deploying 360 autonomous floor-scrubbing robots that can clean even when customers are around.

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MI-Detroit, The Maintenance Specialist is responsible for addressing throughput, run to run, and downtime related issues with equipment in a production environment. This role will coordinate activities according to World Class Manufacturing (WCM) standards (particularly the Autonomous and Professional Maintenance Pillar activities) while impacting the overall equipment effectiveness, through a systematic appr
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CA-Palo Alto, Reference # : 18-01072 Title : Embedded Firmware Developer Location : Palo Alto, CA Position Type : Contract Experience Level : 5 Years Start Date / End Date : 12/03/2018 / 06/07/2019 Description Autonomous IoT Device Firmware Development and Optimization Our client seeks an embedded firmware developer to join a cross-disciplinary team developing multi-modal data collection IoT devices. Responsibi
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Latest market research report study on "Cellular IoT Market: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment 2017-2027."

Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/04/2018 -- In this ever changing technological world, more and more devices are getting contacted together and building internet of things (IoT) architecture across the world. In fact, all the internet devices will be connected in future. IoT is a key facilitator of this possibility by delivering machine-to-machine and machine-to-person communication on a huge scale. FMI predicts that there will more than 30 billion connected devices by year 2024. Large segment of these devices will be connected through LAN, Wi-Fi, and other short range radio wave technologies while some portion of these devices will be connected through wireless area networks (WAN) that are primarily facilitated by cellular networks.

As in entire IoT landscape, connectivity plays a significant role, that's why cellular operators are in excellent position to have a slice of big pie by adding value in IoT market. The size of this slice of pie depends on the different role operator's play in the eco-system of IoT. Different monetization models operator can look for are network providers, end-to-end solution providers, system integrator, etc.

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Cellular IoT Market: Drivers and Challenges

Because of machine-to-machine communication and machine-to-person communication, humongous amount of data will be generated. For the proper functioning of IoT network, there is a need of data storage, data interpretation, and data transfer in real time at minimal cost and cellular networks are fulfilling this particular need of the market. Cellular technologies such as GSM, WCDMA, LTE, and future 5G have evolved with new functionality and new radio access technology narrowband IoT tailored to from an attractive solution for emerging low power wide area (LPWA) applications.

Despite the huge cellular network across the world, still quality of service and connectivity remains an issue in IoT market. Deep indoor connectivity is a requirement for many application in utility area. Furthermore, regional coverage is a prerequisite for many use cases, especially within the transport area.

Cellular IoTMarket: Segmentation

Segmentation on the basis of cellular technologies:

GSM
WCDMA
LTE
5G

Segmentation on the basis of vertical:

BFSI
IT and Telecommunications
Healthcare
Retail
Energy and Utilities
Transportation
Others

Cellular IoTMarket: Key Players

Few of the companies in cellular IoT market are: Qualcomm Incorporated, Sierra Wireless, Gemalto NV, Telit Communication PLC, U-Blox Holding AG, Texas Instruments, Intel, and ZTE Corporation.

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Cellular IoTMarket: Regional Overview

North America is expected to the largest market of global cellular market. Majority of IoT vendors such as Qualcomm and Texas Instruments are based in North America region itself and they are also investing in the field of IoT ecosystem of local market. For instance, BMW group, Intel, and Mobileye teamed up for autonomous driving.

Several IoT startups such as Samsara, Notion, and Hologram IoT are expanding their operations in Europe region. Asia-Pacific region is expected to have moderate growth rate for cellular IoT market as countries such as China and Taiwan have advantage of large pool of semiconductor vendors. Latin America and Middle East and Africa regions are yet match the pace of global Cellular IoT market.

The report covers exhaustive analysis on:

Cellular IoT Market Segments

Cellular IoT Market Dynamics
Historical Actual Market Size, 2014 - 2016
Cellular IoT Market Size & Forecast 2017 to 2027
Value Chain
Cellular IoT Market Current Trends/Issues/Challenges
Competition & Companies involved
Cellular IoT Market Drivers and Restraints

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Regional analysis for cellular IoTmarket includes development in the following regions:

North America
US
Canada
Latin America
Brazil
Mexico
Others
Europe
U.K.
France
Germany
Poland
Russia
Asia Pacific
Australia and New Zealand (ANZ)
Greater China
India
ASEAN
Rest of Asia Pacific
Japan
Middle East and Africa
GCC Countries
Other Middle East
North Africa
South Africa
Other Africa

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Report Highlights:
Detailed overview of parent market
Changing market dynamics in the industry
In-depth market segmentation
Historical, current, and projected market size in terms of volume and value
Recent industry trends and developments
Competitive landscape
Strategies of key players and products offered
Potential and niche segments, geographical regions exhibiting promising growth
A neutral perspective on market performance
Must-have information for market players to sustain and enhance their market footprint

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          (USA-TN-Dyersburg) Health & Social Services Clinical Coordinator RN - Telecommute in Western TN      Cache   Translate Page      
In this role, you will work in the field and coordinate care on behalf of health plan enrollees who are receiving Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS), Medicare and home and community services and Medicaid Home Health Agency and PDN services. Your experience with home health agency, hospital and long-term care facilities will be essential in relaying the pertinent information about the patient needs and advocating for the best possible care available. At times, your patience may be challenged. But in the end, your confidence, decisiveness and perseverance will help you positively impact the lives of the people we serve, and ensure more positive outcomes for all. This position is Field Based which requires travel in various counties. If you are located in Western Tennessee, including Lauderdale, Dyer, Gibson, Crockett, Carroll, Obion, Lake, Henry, Benton, Humphreys, Madison or Henderson, you will have the flexibility to telecommute* as you take on some tough challenges. **Primary Responsibilities:** + Assess, plan and participate in the implementation of care strategies that are individualized and directed toward the most appropriate, least restrictive setting + Utilize both company and community-based resources to establish a safe and effective support plan for the people we serve + Collaborate with people enrolled in the Fully Integrated Dual Eligible Special Needs Plan (FIDE SNP), DSNP, LTSS and Medicaid programs, and healthcare providers to develop, modify, and update Individualized Care Plans inclusive of measurable goals and outcomes + Work with the Case Manager to identify and initiate referrals for social service programs; including financial, psychosocial, community, and state supportiveservices + Advocate for the people we serve, and their families as needed to ensure their needs are assessed and choices are fully represented and supported by the healthcare team + Utilize approved clinical criteria to assess and determine appropriate level of care, document all telephonic and in-person encounters, assessments, and referrals + Participate in Interdisciplinary Care Team meetings and assist with safe transitions of care + Understand health insurance products, benefits, coverage limitations, and governmental regulations as it applies to the health plan + Accountable to understand role and how it affects utilization management benchmarks and quality outcomes + Conduct field assessments around LTSS HCBS needs, SDOH, ADL/IADL needs, and skilled needs + Conduct field review visits for authorization purposes around LTSS and Home Health/PDN requested services This role involves approximately 75% travel and you’ll need to be comfortable dealing with a full range of in-home and facility-based environments. Most of the time you’ll work autonomously, so the ability to stay focused and motivated is essential. **Required Qualifications:** + Current unrestricted RN licensure in TN + 1+ year of home care/home health and/or other case managementexperience + 3+ years of clinical experience + Computer/typing proficiency to enter/retrieve data in electronic clinical records; experience with email, internet research, use of online calendars and other software applications + Reliable transportation to travel to the person’s home or other locations within service delivery area **Preferred Qualifications:** + Bachelor's Degree in Nursing + Medicaid experience – specifically LTSS + Medicare experience + Experience working in a health plan or other managed caresetting + Experience with community health and/or public health + Experience with utilization review or home health assessment work + Bilingual skills + Problem solving skills; the ability to systematically analyze problems, draw relevant conclusions and devise appropriate courses ofaction + Ability to communicate complex or technical information in a manner that others can understand, as well as ability to understand and interpret complex information from others **Careers at UnitedHealthcare Community & State.** Challenge brings out the best in us. It also attracts the best. That's why you'll find some of the most amazingly talented people in health care here. We serve the health care needs of low income adults and children with debilitating illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and high-risk pregnancy. Our holistic, outcomes-based approach considers social, behavioral, economic, physical and environmental factors. Join us. Work with proactive health care, community and government partners to heal health care and create positive change for those who need it most. This is the place to do **your life's best work.(sm)** *All Telecommuters will be required to adhere to UnitedHealth Group’s Telecommuter Policy _Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law._ _UnitedHealth Group is a drug-free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment._ Job Keywords: RN, Registered Nurse, case management, case manager, behavioral health, Care Coordinator, social services, community health, Medicaid, home care, community health, managed care, home health, public health, hospice, health care, long term care, mental health, LTC, LTSS, Medicaid, Medicare, ID, IDD, Lauderdale, Dyer, Gibson, Crockett, Carroll, Obion, Lake, Henry, Benton, Humphreys, Madison and Henderson, Dyersburg, Jackson, Trenton, Tennessee, TN
          (USA-TN-Trenton) Health & Social Services Clinical Coordinator RN - Telecommute in Western TN      Cache   Translate Page      
In this role, you will work in the field and coordinate care on behalf of health plan enrollees who are receiving Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS), Medicare and home and community services and Medicaid Home Health Agency and PDN services. Your experience with home health agency, hospital and long-term care facilities will be essential in relaying the pertinent information about the patient needs and advocating for the best possible care available. At times, your patience may be challenged. But in the end, your confidence, decisiveness and perseverance will help you positively impact the lives of the people we serve, and ensure more positive outcomes for all. This position is Field Based which requires travel in various counties. If you are located in Western Tennessee, including Lauderdale, Dyer, Gibson, Crockett, Carroll, Obion, Lake, Henry, Benton, Humphreys, Madison or Henderson, you will have the flexibility to telecommute* as you take on some tough challenges. **Primary Responsibilities:** + Assess, plan and participate in the implementation of care strategies that are individualized and directed toward the most appropriate, least restrictive setting + Utilize both company and community-based resources to establish a safe and effective support plan for the people we serve + Collaborate with people enrolled in the Fully Integrated Dual Eligible Special Needs Plan (FIDE SNP), DSNP, LTSS and Medicaid programs, and healthcare providers to develop, modify, and update Individualized Care Plans inclusive of measurable goals and outcomes + Work with the Case Manager to identify and initiate referrals for social service programs; including financial, psychosocial, community, and state supportiveservices + Advocate for the people we serve, and their families as needed to ensure their needs are assessed and choices are fully represented and supported by the healthcare team + Utilize approved clinical criteria to assess and determine appropriate level of care, document all telephonic and in-person encounters, assessments, and referrals + Participate in Interdisciplinary Care Team meetings and assist with safe transitions of care + Understand health insurance products, benefits, coverage limitations, and governmental regulations as it applies to the health plan + Accountable to understand role and how it affects utilization management benchmarks and quality outcomes + Conduct field assessments around LTSS HCBS needs, SDOH, ADL/IADL needs, and skilled needs + Conduct field review visits for authorization purposes around LTSS and Home Health/PDN requested services This role involves approximately 75% travel and you’ll need to be comfortable dealing with a full range of in-home and facility-based environments. Most of the time you’ll work autonomously, so the ability to stay focused and motivated is essential. **Required Qualifications:** + Current unrestricted RN licensure in TN + 1+ year of home care/home health and/or other case managementexperience + 3+ years of clinical experience + Computer/typing proficiency to enter/retrieve data in electronic clinical records; experience with email, internet research, use of online calendars and other software applications + Reliable transportation to travel to the person’s home or other locations within service delivery area **Preferred Qualifications:** + Bachelor's Degree in Nursing + Medicaid experience – specifically LTSS + Medicare experience + Experience working in a health plan or other managed caresetting + Experience with community health and/or public health + Experience with utilization review or home health assessment work + Bilingual skills + Problem solving skills; the ability to systematically analyze problems, draw relevant conclusions and devise appropriate courses ofaction + Ability to communicate complex or technical information in a manner that others can understand, as well as ability to understand and interpret complex information from others **Careers at UnitedHealthcare Community & State.** Challenge brings out the best in us. It also attracts the best. That's why you'll find some of the most amazingly talented people in health care here. We serve the health care needs of low income adults and children with debilitating illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and high-risk pregnancy. Our holistic, outcomes-based approach considers social, behavioral, economic, physical and environmental factors. Join us. Work with proactive health care, community and government partners to heal health care and create positive change for those who need it most. This is the place to do **your life's best work.(sm)** *All Telecommuters will be required to adhere to UnitedHealth Group’s Telecommuter Policy _Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law._ _UnitedHealth Group is a drug-free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment._ Job Keywords: RN, Registered Nurse, case management, case manager, behavioral health, Care Coordinator, social services, community health, Medicaid, home care, community health, managed care, home health, public health, hospice, health care, long term care, mental health, LTC, LTSS, Medicaid, Medicare, ID, IDD, Lauderdale, Dyer, Gibson, Crockett, Carroll, Obion, Lake, Henry, Benton, Humphreys, Madison and Henderson, Dyersburg, Jackson, Trenton, Tennessee, TN
          (USA-TN-Jackson) Health & Social Services Clinical Coordinator RN - Telecommute in Western TN      Cache   Translate Page      
In this role, you will work in the field and coordinate care on behalf of health plan enrollees who are receiving Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS), Medicare and home and community services and Medicaid Home Health Agency and PDN services. Your experience with home health agency, hospital and long-term care facilities will be essential in relaying the pertinent information about the patient needs and advocating for the best possible care available. At times, your patience may be challenged. But in the end, your confidence, decisiveness and perseverance will help you positively impact the lives of the people we serve, and ensure more positive outcomes for all. This position is Field Based which requires travel in various counties. If you are located in Western Tennessee, including Lauderdale, Dyer, Gibson, Crockett, Carroll, Obion, Lake, Henry, Benton, Humphreys, Madison or Henderson, you will have the flexibility to telecommute* as you take on some tough challenges. **Primary Responsibilities:** + Assess, plan and participate in the implementation of care strategies that are individualized and directed toward the most appropriate, least restrictive setting + Utilize both company and community-based resources to establish a safe and effective support plan for the people we serve + Collaborate with people enrolled in the Fully Integrated Dual Eligible Special Needs Plan (FIDE SNP), DSNP, LTSS and Medicaid programs, and healthcare providers to develop, modify, and update Individualized Care Plans inclusive of measurable goals and outcomes + Work with the Case Manager to identify and initiate referrals for social service programs; including financial, psychosocial, community, and state supportiveservices + Advocate for the people we serve, and their families as needed to ensure their needs are assessed and choices are fully represented and supported by the healthcare team + Utilize approved clinical criteria to assess and determine appropriate level of care, document all telephonic and in-person encounters, assessments, and referrals + Participate in Interdisciplinary Care Team meetings and assist with safe transitions of care + Understand health insurance products, benefits, coverage limitations, and governmental regulations as it applies to the health plan + Accountable to understand role and how it affects utilization management benchmarks and quality outcomes + Conduct field assessments around LTSS HCBS needs, SDOH, ADL/IADL needs, and skilled needs + Conduct field review visits for authorization purposes around LTSS and Home Health/PDN requested services This role involves approximately 75% travel and you’ll need to be comfortable dealing with a full range of in-home and facility-based environments. Most of the time you’ll work autonomously, so the ability to stay focused and motivated is essential. **Required Qualifications:** + Current unrestricted RN licensure in TN + 1+ year of home care/home health and/or other case managementexperience + 3+ years of clinical experience + Computer/typing proficiency to enter/retrieve data in electronic clinical records; experience with email, internet research, use of online calendars and other software applications + Reliable transportation to travel to the person’s home or other locations within service delivery area **Preferred Qualifications:** + Bachelor's Degree in Nursing + Medicaid experience – specifically LTSS + Medicare experience + Experience working in a health plan or other managed caresetting + Experience with community health and/or public health + Experience with utilization review or home health assessment work + Bilingual skills + Problem solving skills; the ability to systematically analyze problems, draw relevant conclusions and devise appropriate courses ofaction + Ability to communicate complex or technical information in a manner that others can understand, as well as ability to understand and interpret complex information from others **Careers at UnitedHealthcare Community & State.** Challenge brings out the best in us. It also attracts the best. That's why you'll find some of the most amazingly talented people in health care here. We serve the health care needs of low income adults and children with debilitating illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and high-risk pregnancy. Our holistic, outcomes-based approach considers social, behavioral, economic, physical and environmental factors. Join us. Work with proactive health care, community and government partners to heal health care and create positive change for those who need it most. This is the place to do **your life's best work.(sm)** *All Telecommuters will be required to adhere to UnitedHealth Group’s Telecommuter Policy _Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law._ _UnitedHealth Group is a drug-free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment._ Job Keywords: RN, Registered Nurse, case management, case manager, behavioral health, Care Coordinator, social services, community health, Medicaid, home care, community health, managed care, home health, public health, hospice, health care, long term care, mental health, LTC, LTSS, Medicaid, Medicare, ID, IDD, Lauderdale, Dyer, Gibson, Crockett, Carroll, Obion, Lake, Henry, Benton, Humphreys, Madison and Henderson, Dyersburg, Jackson, Trenton, Tennessee, TN
          (USA-TN-Centerville) Health & Social Services Clinical Coordinator RN - Central, TN      Cache   Translate Page      
In this role, you will work in the field and coordinate care on behalf of health plan enrollees who are receiving Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS), Medicare and home and community services and Medicaid Home Health Agency and PDN services. Your experience with home health agency, hospital and long-term care facilities will be essential in relaying the pertinent information about the patient needs and advocating for the best possible care available. At times, your patience may be challenged. But in the end, your confidence, decisiveness and perseverance will help you positively impact the lives of the people we serve, and ensure more positive outcomes for all. This position is Field Based which requires travel in various counties: If you are located in the Central part of TN in or near Davidson County, you will have the flexibility to telecommute* as you take on some tough challenges. This position is field based and will cover these counties: Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Maury, Hickman, and Wilson **Primary responsibilities:** + Assess, plan and participate in the implementation of care strategies that are individualized and directed toward the most appropriate, least restrictive setting + Utilize both company and community-based resources to establish a safe and effective support plan for the people we serve + Collaborate with people enrolled in the Fully Integrated Dual Eligible Special Needs Plan (FIDE SNP), DSNP, LTSS and Medicaid programs, and healthcare providers to develop, modify, and update Individualized Care Plans inclusive of measurable goals and outcomes + Work with the Case Manager to identify and initiate referrals for social service programs; including financial, psychosocial, community, and state supportive services + Advocate for the people we serve, and their families as needed to ensure their needs are assessed and choices are fully represented and supported by the healthcare team + Utilize approved clinical criteria to assess and determine appropriate level of care, document all telephonic and in-person encounters, assessments, and referrals. + Participate in Interdisciplinary Care Team meetings and assist with safe transitions of care + Understand health insurance products, benefits, coverage limitations, and governmental regulations as it applies to the health plan + Accountable to understand role and how it affects utilization management benchmarks and quality outcomes + Conduct field assessments around LTSS HCBS needs, SDOH, ADL/IADL needs, and skilled needs + Conduct field review visits for authorization purposes around LTSS and Home Health/PDN requested services This role involves approximately 75% travel and you’ll need to be comfortable dealing with a full range of in-home and facility-based environments. Most of the time you’ll work autonomously, so the ability to stay focused and motivated is essential. **Required Qualifications:** + Current unrestricted RN licensure in TN + 1+ year of home care/home health and/or other case management experience + 3+ years of clinical experience + Computer/typing proficiency to enter/retrieve data in electronic clinical records; experience with email, internet research, use of online calendars and other software applications + Reliable transportation to travel to the person’s home or other locations within service delivery area **Preferred Qualifications:** + Bachelor's Degree in Nursing + Medicaid experience – specifically LTSS + Medicare experience + Experience working in a health plan or other managed care setting + Experience with community health and/or public health + Experience with utilization review or home health assessment work + Bilingual skills + Problem solving skills; the ability to systematically analyze problems, draw relevant conclusions and devise appropriate courses of action + Ability to communicate complex or technical information in a manner that others can understand, as well as ability to understand and interpret complex information from others **Careers at UnitedHealthcare Community & State.** Challenge brings out the best in us. It also attracts the best. That's why you'll find some of the most amazingly talented people in health care here. We serve the health care needs of low income adults and children with debilitating illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and high-risk pregnancy. Our holistic, outcomes-based approach considers social, behavioral, economic, physical and environmental factors. Join us. Work with proactive health care, community and government partners to heal health care and create positive change for those who need it most. This is the place to do **your life's best work.** **SM** *All Telecommuters will be required to adhere to UnitedHealth Group’s Telecommuter Policy _Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law._ _UnitedHealth Group is a drug-free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment._ Job Keywords: RN, Registered Nurse, case management, case manager, behavioral health, Care Coordinator, social services, community health, Medicaid, home care, community health, managed care, home health, public health, hospice, health care, long term care, mental health, LTC, LTSS, Medicaid, Medicare, ID, IDD, Williamson, Rutherford, Maury, Hickman, Wilson, Davidson, Nashville, Murfreesboro, Columbia, Centerville, Franklin, Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, TN
          (USA-TN-Columbia) Health & Social Services Clinical Coordinator RN - Central, TN      Cache   Translate Page      
In this role, you will work in the field and coordinate care on behalf of health plan enrollees who are receiving Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS), Medicare and home and community services and Medicaid Home Health Agency and PDN services. Your experience with home health agency, hospital and long-term care facilities will be essential in relaying the pertinent information about the patient needs and advocating for the best possible care available. At times, your patience may be challenged. But in the end, your confidence, decisiveness and perseverance will help you positively impact the lives of the people we serve, and ensure more positive outcomes for all. This position is Field Based which requires travel in various counties: If you are located in the Central part of TN in or near Davidson County, you will have the flexibility to telecommute* as you take on some tough challenges. This position is field based and will cover these counties: Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Maury, Hickman, and Wilson **Primary responsibilities:** + Assess, plan and participate in the implementation of care strategies that are individualized and directed toward the most appropriate, least restrictive setting + Utilize both company and community-based resources to establish a safe and effective support plan for the people we serve + Collaborate with people enrolled in the Fully Integrated Dual Eligible Special Needs Plan (FIDE SNP), DSNP, LTSS and Medicaid programs, and healthcare providers to develop, modify, and update Individualized Care Plans inclusive of measurable goals and outcomes + Work with the Case Manager to identify and initiate referrals for social service programs; including financial, psychosocial, community, and state supportive services + Advocate for the people we serve, and their families as needed to ensure their needs are assessed and choices are fully represented and supported by the healthcare team + Utilize approved clinical criteria to assess and determine appropriate level of care, document all telephonic and in-person encounters, assessments, and referrals. + Participate in Interdisciplinary Care Team meetings and assist with safe transitions of care + Understand health insurance products, benefits, coverage limitations, and governmental regulations as it applies to the health plan + Accountable to understand role and how it affects utilization management benchmarks and quality outcomes + Conduct field assessments around LTSS HCBS needs, SDOH, ADL/IADL needs, and skilled needs + Conduct field review visits for authorization purposes around LTSS and Home Health/PDN requested services This role involves approximately 75% travel and you’ll need to be comfortable dealing with a full range of in-home and facility-based environments. Most of the time you’ll work autonomously, so the ability to stay focused and motivated is essential. **Required Qualifications:** + Current unrestricted RN licensure in TN + 1+ year of home care/home health and/or other case management experience + 3+ years of clinical experience + Computer/typing proficiency to enter/retrieve data in electronic clinical records; experience with email, internet research, use of online calendars and other software applications + Reliable transportation to travel to the person’s home or other locations within service delivery area **Preferred Qualifications:** + Bachelor's Degree in Nursing + Medicaid experience – specifically LTSS + Medicare experience + Experience working in a health plan or other managed care setting + Experience with community health and/or public health + Experience with utilization review or home health assessment work + Bilingual skills + Problem solving skills; the ability to systematically analyze problems, draw relevant conclusions and devise appropriate courses of action + Ability to communicate complex or technical information in a manner that others can understand, as well as ability to understand and interpret complex information from others **Careers at UnitedHealthcare Community & State.** Challenge brings out the best in us. It also attracts the best. That's why you'll find some of the most amazingly talented people in health care here. We serve the health care needs of low income adults and children with debilitating illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and high-risk pregnancy. Our holistic, outcomes-based approach considers social, behavioral, economic, physical and environmental factors. Join us. Work with proactive health care, community and government partners to heal health care and create positive change for those who need it most. This is the place to do **your life's best work.** **SM** *All Telecommuters will be required to adhere to UnitedHealth Group’s Telecommuter Policy _Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law._ _UnitedHealth Group is a drug-free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment._ Job Keywords: RN, Registered Nurse, case management, case manager, behavioral health, Care Coordinator, social services, community health, Medicaid, home care, community health, managed care, home health, public health, hospice, health care, long term care, mental health, LTC, LTSS, Medicaid, Medicare, ID, IDD, Williamson, Rutherford, Maury, Hickman, Wilson, Davidson, Nashville, Murfreesboro, Columbia, Centerville, Franklin, Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, TN
          (USA-TN-Selmer) Health & Social Services Clinical Coordinator RN - Southwestern, TN      Cache   Translate Page      
In this role, you will work in the field and coordinate care on behalf of health plan enrollees who are receiving Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS), Medicare and home and community services and Medicaid Home Health Agency and PDN services. Your experience with home health agency, hospital and long-term care facilities will be essential in relaying the pertinent information about the patient needs and advocating for the best possible care available. At times, your patience may be challenged. But in the end, your confidence, decisiveness and perseverance will help you positively impact the lives of the people we serve, and ensure more positive outcomes for all. This position is Field Based which requires travel in various counties: If you are located in the Southwestern part of TN in or near Memphis, you will have the flexibility to telecommute* as you take on some tough challenges. This is a field based role that will cover these counties: Tipton, Haywood, Shelby, Fayette, Hardeman, McNairy, Hardin, Wayne, Chester, Perry, Hickman and Lewis **Primary responsibilities:** + Assess, plan and participate in the implementation of care strategies that are individualized and directed toward the most appropriate, least restrictive setting + Utilize both company and community-based resources to establish a safe and effective support plan for the people we serve + Collaborate with people enrolled in the Fully Integrated Dual Eligible Special Needs Plan (FIDE SNP), DSNP, LTSS and Medicaid programs, and healthcare providers to develop, modify, and update Individualized Care Plans inclusive of measurable goals and outcomes + Work with the Case Manager to identify and initiate referrals for social service programs; including financial, psychosocial, community, and state supportive services + Advocate for the people we serve, and their families as needed to ensure their needs are assessed and choices are fully represented and supported by the healthcare team + Utilize approved clinical criteria to assess and determine appropriate level of care, document all telephonic and in-person encounters, assessments, and referrals. + Participate in Interdisciplinary Care Team meetings and assist with safe transitions of care + Understand health insurance products, benefits, coverage limitations, and governmental regulations as it applies to the health plan + Accountable to understand role and how it affects utilization management benchmarks and quality outcomes + Conduct field assessments around LTSS HCBS needs, SDOH, ADL/IADL needs, and skilled needs + Conduct field review visits for authorization purposes around LTSS and Home Health/PDN requested services This role involves approximately 75% travel and you’ll need to be comfortable dealing with a full range of in-home and facility-based environments. Most of the time you’ll work autonomously, so the ability to stay focused and motivated is essential. **Required Qualifications:** + Current unrestricted RN licensure in TN + 1+ year of home care/home health and/or other case management experience + 3+ years of clinical experience + Computer/typing proficiency to enter/retrieve data in electronic clinical records; experience with email, internet research, use of online calendars and other software applications + Reliable transportation to travel to the person’s home or other locations within service delivery area **Preferred Qualifications:** + Bachelor's Degree in Nursing + Medicaid experience – specifically LTSS + Medicare experience + Experience working in a health plan or other managed care setting + Experience with community health and/or public health + Experience with utilization review or home health assessment work + Bilingual skills + Problem solving skills; the ability to systematically analyze problems, draw relevant conclusions and devise appropriate courses of action + Ability to communicate complex or technical information in a manner that others can understand, as well as ability to understand and interpret complex information from others **Careers at UnitedHealthcare Community & State.** Challenge brings out the best in us. It also attracts the best. That's why you'll find some of the most amazingly talented people in health care here. We serve the health care needs of low income adults and children with debilitating illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and high-risk pregnancy. Our holistic, outcomes-based approach considers social, behavioral, economic, physical and environmental factors. Join us. Work with proactive health care, community and government partners to heal health care and create positive change for those who need it most. This is the place to do **your life's best work.** **SM** *All Telecommuters will be required to adhere to UnitedHealth Group’s Telecommuter Policy _Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law._ _UnitedHealth Group is a drug-free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment._ Job Keywords: RN, Registered Nurse, case management, case manager, behavioral health, Care Coordinator, social services, community health, Medicaid, home care, community health, managed care, home health, public health, hospice, health care, long term care, mental health, LTC, LTSS, Medicaid, Medicare, ID, IDD, Tipton, Haywood, Shelby, Fayette, Hardeman, McNairy, Hardin, Wayne, Chester, Perry, Hickman, Lewis, Memphis, Somerville, Savannah, Selmer, Bolivar, Decaturville, Tennessee, TN
          (USA-TN-Franklin) Health & Social Services Clinical Coordinator RN - Central, TN      Cache   Translate Page      
In this role, you will work in the field and coordinate care on behalf of health plan enrollees who are receiving Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS), Medicare and home and community services and Medicaid Home Health Agency and PDN services. Your experience with home health agency, hospital and long-term care facilities will be essential in relaying the pertinent information about the patient needs and advocating for the best possible care available. At times, your patience may be challenged. But in the end, your confidence, decisiveness and perseverance will help you positively impact the lives of the people we serve, and ensure more positive outcomes for all. This position is Field Based which requires travel in various counties: If you are located in the Central part of TN in or near Davidson County, you will have the flexibility to telecommute* as you take on some tough challenges. This position is field based and will cover these counties: Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Maury, Hickman, and Wilson **Primary responsibilities:** + Assess, plan and participate in the implementation of care strategies that are individualized and directed toward the most appropriate, least restrictive setting + Utilize both company and community-based resources to establish a safe and effective support plan for the people we serve + Collaborate with people enrolled in the Fully Integrated Dual Eligible Special Needs Plan (FIDE SNP), DSNP, LTSS and Medicaid programs, and healthcare providers to develop, modify, and update Individualized Care Plans inclusive of measurable goals and outcomes + Work with the Case Manager to identify and initiate referrals for social service programs; including financial, psychosocial, community, and state supportive services + Advocate for the people we serve, and their families as needed to ensure their needs are assessed and choices are fully represented and supported by the healthcare team + Utilize approved clinical criteria to assess and determine appropriate level of care, document all telephonic and in-person encounters, assessments, and referrals. + Participate in Interdisciplinary Care Team meetings and assist with safe transitions of care + Understand health insurance products, benefits, coverage limitations, and governmental regulations as it applies to the health plan + Accountable to understand role and how it affects utilization management benchmarks and quality outcomes + Conduct field assessments around LTSS HCBS needs, SDOH, ADL/IADL needs, and skilled needs + Conduct field review visits for authorization purposes around LTSS and Home Health/PDN requested services This role involves approximately 75% travel and you’ll need to be comfortable dealing with a full range of in-home and facility-based environments. Most of the time you’ll work autonomously, so the ability to stay focused and motivated is essential. **Required Qualifications:** + Current unrestricted RN licensure in TN + 1+ year of home care/home health and/or other case management experience + 3+ years of clinical experience + Computer/typing proficiency to enter/retrieve data in electronic clinical records; experience with email, internet research, use of online calendars and other software applications + Reliable transportation to travel to the person’s home or other locations within service delivery area **Preferred Qualifications:** + Bachelor's Degree in Nursing + Medicaid experience – specifically LTSS + Medicare experience + Experience working in a health plan or other managed care setting + Experience with community health and/or public health + Experience with utilization review or home health assessment work + Bilingual skills + Problem solving skills; the ability to systematically analyze problems, draw relevant conclusions and devise appropriate courses of action + Ability to communicate complex or technical information in a manner that others can understand, as well as ability to understand and interpret complex information from others **Careers at UnitedHealthcare Community & State.** Challenge brings out the best in us. It also attracts the best. That's why you'll find some of the most amazingly talented people in health care here. We serve the health care needs of low income adults and children with debilitating illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and high-risk pregnancy. Our holistic, outcomes-based approach considers social, behavioral, economic, physical and environmental factors. Join us. Work with proactive health care, community and government partners to heal health care and create positive change for those who need it most. This is the place to do **your life's best work.** **SM** *All Telecommuters will be required to adhere to UnitedHealth Group’s Telecommuter Policy _Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law._ _UnitedHealth Group is a drug-free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment._ Job Keywords: RN, Registered Nurse, case management, case manager, behavioral health, Care Coordinator, social services, community health, Medicaid, home care, community health, managed care, home health, public health, hospice, health care, long term care, mental health, LTC, LTSS, Medicaid, Medicare, ID, IDD, Williamson, Rutherford, Maury, Hickman, Wilson, Davidson, Nashville, Murfreesboro, Columbia, Centerville, Franklin, Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, TN
          (USA-TN-Nashville) Health & Social Services Clinical Coordinator RN - Central, TN      Cache   Translate Page      
In this role, you will work in the field and coordinate care on behalf of health plan enrollees who are receiving Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS), Medicare and home and community services and Medicaid Home Health Agency and PDN services. Your experience with home health agency, hospital and long-term care facilities will be essential in relaying the pertinent information about the patient needs and advocating for the best possible care available. At times, your patience may be challenged. But in the end, your confidence, decisiveness and perseverance will help you positively impact the lives of the people we serve, and ensure more positive outcomes for all. This position is Field Based which requires travel in various counties: If you are located in the Central part of TN in or near Davidson County, you will have the flexibility to telecommute* as you take on some tough challenges. This position is field based and will cover these counties: Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Maury, Hickman, and Wilson **Primary responsibilities:** + Assess, plan and participate in the implementation of care strategies that are individualized and directed toward the most appropriate, least restrictive setting + Utilize both company and community-based resources to establish a safe and effective support plan for the people we serve + Collaborate with people enrolled in the Fully Integrated Dual Eligible Special Needs Plan (FIDE SNP), DSNP, LTSS and Medicaid programs, and healthcare providers to develop, modify, and update Individualized Care Plans inclusive of measurable goals and outcomes + Work with the Case Manager to identify and initiate referrals for social service programs; including financial, psychosocial, community, and state supportive services + Advocate for the people we serve, and their families as needed to ensure their needs are assessed and choices are fully represented and supported by the healthcare team + Utilize approved clinical criteria to assess and determine appropriate level of care, document all telephonic and in-person encounters, assessments, and referrals. + Participate in Interdisciplinary Care Team meetings and assist with safe transitions of care + Understand health insurance products, benefits, coverage limitations, and governmental regulations as it applies to the health plan + Accountable to understand role and how it affects utilization management benchmarks and quality outcomes + Conduct field assessments around LTSS HCBS needs, SDOH, ADL/IADL needs, and skilled needs + Conduct field review visits for authorization purposes around LTSS and Home Health/PDN requested services This role involves approximately 75% travel and you’ll need to be comfortable dealing with a full range of in-home and facility-based environments. Most of the time you’ll work autonomously, so the ability to stay focused and motivated is essential. **Required Qualifications:** + Current unrestricted RN licensure in TN + 1+ year of home care/home health and/or other case management experience + 3+ years of clinical experience + Computer/typing proficiency to enter/retrieve data in electronic clinical records; experience with email, internet research, use of online calendars and other software applications + Reliable transportation to travel to the person’s home or other locations within service delivery area **Preferred Qualifications:** + Bachelor's Degree in Nursing + Medicaid experience – specifically LTSS + Medicare experience + Experience working in a health plan or other managed care setting + Experience with community health and/or public health + Experience with utilization review or home health assessment work + Bilingual skills + Problem solving skills; the ability to systematically analyze problems, draw relevant conclusions and devise appropriate courses of action + Ability to communicate complex or technical information in a manner that others can understand, as well as ability to understand and interpret complex information from others **Careers at UnitedHealthcare Community & State.** Challenge brings out the best in us. It also attracts the best. That's why you'll find some of the most amazingly talented people in health care here. We serve the health care needs of low income adults and children with debilitating illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and high-risk pregnancy. Our holistic, outcomes-based approach considers social, behavioral, economic, physical and environmental factors. Join us. Work with proactive health care, community and government partners to heal health care and create positive change for those who need it most. This is the place to do **your life's best work.** **SM** *All Telecommuters will be required to adhere to UnitedHealth Group’s Telecommuter Policy _Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law._ _UnitedHealth Group is a drug-free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment._ Job Keywords: RN, Registered Nurse, case management, case manager, behavioral health, Care Coordinator, social services, community health, Medicaid, home care, community health, managed care, home health, public health, hospice, health care, long term care, mental health, LTC, LTSS, Medicaid, Medicare, ID, IDD, Williamson, Rutherford, Maury, Hickman, Wilson, Davidson, Nashville, Murfreesboro, Columbia, Centerville, Franklin, Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, TN
          (USA-TN-Bolivar) Health & Social Services Clinical Coordinator RN - Southwestern, TN      Cache   Translate Page      
In this role, you will work in the field and coordinate care on behalf of health plan enrollees who are receiving Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS), Medicare and home and community services and Medicaid Home Health Agency and PDN services. Your experience with home health agency, hospital and long-term care facilities will be essential in relaying the pertinent information about the patient needs and advocating for the best possible care available. At times, your patience may be challenged. But in the end, your confidence, decisiveness and perseverance will help you positively impact the lives of the people we serve, and ensure more positive outcomes for all. This position is Field Based which requires travel in various counties: If you are located in the Southwestern part of TN in or near Memphis, you will have the flexibility to telecommute* as you take on some tough challenges. This is a field based role that will cover these counties: Tipton, Haywood, Shelby, Fayette, Hardeman, McNairy, Hardin, Wayne, Chester, Perry, Hickman and Lewis **Primary responsibilities:** + Assess, plan and participate in the implementation of care strategies that are individualized and directed toward the most appropriate, least restrictive setting + Utilize both company and community-based resources to establish a safe and effective support plan for the people we serve + Collaborate with people enrolled in the Fully Integrated Dual Eligible Special Needs Plan (FIDE SNP), DSNP, LTSS and Medicaid programs, and healthcare providers to develop, modify, and update Individualized Care Plans inclusive of measurable goals and outcomes + Work with the Case Manager to identify and initiate referrals for social service programs; including financial, psychosocial, community, and state supportive services + Advocate for the people we serve, and their families as needed to ensure their needs are assessed and choices are fully represented and supported by the healthcare team + Utilize approved clinical criteria to assess and determine appropriate level of care, document all telephonic and in-person encounters, assessments, and referrals. + Participate in Interdisciplinary Care Team meetings and assist with safe transitions of care + Understand health insurance products, benefits, coverage limitations, and governmental regulations as it applies to the health plan + Accountable to understand role and how it affects utilization management benchmarks and quality outcomes + Conduct field assessments around LTSS HCBS needs, SDOH, ADL/IADL needs, and skilled needs + Conduct field review visits for authorization purposes around LTSS and Home Health/PDN requested services This role involves approximately 75% travel and you’ll need to be comfortable dealing with a full range of in-home and facility-based environments. Most of the time you’ll work autonomously, so the ability to stay focused and motivated is essential. **Required Qualifications:** + Current unrestricted RN licensure in TN + 1+ year of home care/home health and/or other case management experience + 3+ years of clinical experience + Computer/typing proficiency to enter/retrieve data in electronic clinical records; experience with email, internet research, use of online calendars and other software applications + Reliable transportation to travel to the person’s home or other locations within service delivery area **Preferred Qualifications:** + Bachelor's Degree in Nursing + Medicaid experience – specifically LTSS + Medicare experience + Experience working in a health plan or other managed care setting + Experience with community health and/or public health + Experience with utilization review or home health assessment work + Bilingual skills + Problem solving skills; the ability to systematically analyze problems, draw relevant conclusions and devise appropriate courses of action + Ability to communicate complex or technical information in a manner that others can understand, as well as ability to understand and interpret complex information from others **Careers at UnitedHealthcare Community & State.** Challenge brings out the best in us. It also attracts the best. That's why you'll find some of the most amazingly talented people in health care here. We serve the health care needs of low income adults and children with debilitating illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and high-risk pregnancy. Our holistic, outcomes-based approach considers social, behavioral, economic, physical and environmental factors. Join us. Work with proactive health care, community and government partners to heal health care and create positive change for those who need it most. This is the place to do **your life's best work.** **SM** *All Telecommuters will be required to adhere to UnitedHealth Group’s Telecommuter Policy _Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law._ _UnitedHealth Group is a drug-free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment._ Job Keywords: RN, Registered Nurse, case management, case manager, behavioral health, Care Coordinator, social services, community health, Medicaid, home care, community health, managed care, home health, public health, hospice, health care, long term care, mental health, LTC, LTSS, Medicaid, Medicare, ID, IDD, Tipton, Haywood, Shelby, Fayette, Hardeman, McNairy, Hardin, Wayne, Chester, Perry, Hickman, Lewis, Memphis, Somerville, Savannah, Selmer, Bolivar, Decaturville, Tennessee, TN
          (USA-TN-Murfreesboro) Health & Social Services Clinical Coordinator RN - Central, TN      Cache   Translate Page      
In this role, you will work in the field and coordinate care on behalf of health plan enrollees who are receiving Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS), Medicare and home and community services and Medicaid Home Health Agency and PDN services. Your experience with home health agency, hospital and long-term care facilities will be essential in relaying the pertinent information about the patient needs and advocating for the best possible care available. At times, your patience may be challenged. But in the end, your confidence, decisiveness and perseverance will help you positively impact the lives of the people we serve, and ensure more positive outcomes for all. This position is Field Based which requires travel in various counties: If you are located in the Central part of TN in or near Davidson County, you will have the flexibility to telecommute* as you take on some tough challenges. This position is field based and will cover these counties: Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Maury, Hickman, and Wilson **Primary responsibilities:** + Assess, plan and participate in the implementation of care strategies that are individualized and directed toward the most appropriate, least restrictive setting + Utilize both company and community-based resources to establish a safe and effective support plan for the people we serve + Collaborate with people enrolled in the Fully Integrated Dual Eligible Special Needs Plan (FIDE SNP), DSNP, LTSS and Medicaid programs, and healthcare providers to develop, modify, and update Individualized Care Plans inclusive of measurable goals and outcomes + Work with the Case Manager to identify and initiate referrals for social service programs; including financial, psychosocial, community, and state supportive services + Advocate for the people we serve, and their families as needed to ensure their needs are assessed and choices are fully represented and supported by the healthcare team + Utilize approved clinical criteria to assess and determine appropriate level of care, document all telephonic and in-person encounters, assessments, and referrals. + Participate in Interdisciplinary Care Team meetings and assist with safe transitions of care + Understand health insurance products, benefits, coverage limitations, and governmental regulations as it applies to the health plan + Accountable to understand role and how it affects utilization management benchmarks and quality outcomes + Conduct field assessments around LTSS HCBS needs, SDOH, ADL/IADL needs, and skilled needs + Conduct field review visits for authorization purposes around LTSS and Home Health/PDN requested services This role involves approximately 75% travel and you’ll need to be comfortable dealing with a full range of in-home and facility-based environments. Most of the time you’ll work autonomously, so the ability to stay focused and motivated is essential. **Required Qualifications:** + Current unrestricted RN licensure in TN + 1+ year of home care/home health and/or other case management experience + 3+ years of clinical experience + Computer/typing proficiency to enter/retrieve data in electronic clinical records; experience with email, internet research, use of online calendars and other software applications + Reliable transportation to travel to the person’s home or other locations within service delivery area **Preferred Qualifications:** + Bachelor's Degree in Nursing + Medicaid experience – specifically LTSS + Medicare experience + Experience working in a health plan or other managed care setting + Experience with community health and/or public health + Experience with utilization review or home health assessment work + Bilingual skills + Problem solving skills; the ability to systematically analyze problems, draw relevant conclusions and devise appropriate courses of action + Ability to communicate complex or technical information in a manner that others can understand, as well as ability to understand and interpret complex information from others **Careers at UnitedHealthcare Community & State.** Challenge brings out the best in us. It also attracts the best. That's why you'll find some of the most amazingly talented people in health care here. We serve the health care needs of low income adults and children with debilitating illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and high-risk pregnancy. Our holistic, outcomes-based approach considers social, behavioral, economic, physical and environmental factors. Join us. Work with proactive health care, community and government partners to heal health care and create positive change for those who need it most. This is the place to do **your life's best work.** **SM** *All Telecommuters will be required to adhere to UnitedHealth Group’s Telecommuter Policy _Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law._ _UnitedHealth Group is a drug-free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment._ Job Keywords: RN, Registered Nurse, case management, case manager, behavioral health, Care Coordinator, social services, community health, Medicaid, home care, community health, managed care, home health, public health, hospice, health care, long term care, mental health, LTC, LTSS, Medicaid, Medicare, ID, IDD, Williamson, Rutherford, Maury, Hickman, Wilson, Davidson, Nashville, Murfreesboro, Columbia, Centerville, Franklin, Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, TN
          Cyborg Houseplant Can Drive Itself Toward the Light It Craves      Cache   Translate Page      


During the impending robopocalypse, humanity will have to ward off freakishly agile androids, robotic dogs, whatever the hell this is, and, as new research from MIT suggests, quasi-autonomous, mobile robot-plant hybrids.

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          Sr. Software Engineer (Java / DevOps SW - Java R&D)      Cache   Translate Page      
CA-Santa Clara, Please review. Need is immediate but you can assume a January start depending on the logistics DevOps: Must have experience with managing large autonomous systems. GCP experience is required. Ideally, they have experience with automation of system administration. Developers: Solid background in Java with familiarity with at least one other language. Apart from that the area specific requirements w
          3 Steps: How to Create a Culture of Change That Motivates and Inspires      Cache   Translate Page      
3 Steps: How to Create a Culture of Change That Motivates and Inspires

How can your company innovate fast enough to surpass the competition? And at the same time, what can you do to maximize the human aspect of the organization and create stability in execution? An agile organization could be the answer. Such structures have a 70 percent chance of being in the top quartile of organizational health, the best indicator of long-term performance. An agile firm uses change as an engagement factor. Such organizations empower employees to create value through autonomous creation and collaboration.→ Read More

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          Qualcomm launches $100m fund for on-device AI projects      Cache   Translate Page      

Qualcomm has announced the launch of the Qualcomm Ventures AI Fund, which will invest up to $100 million in startups working on artificial intelligence.

Specifically, the fund will focus on startups “that share the vision of on-device AI becoming more powerful and widespread, with an emphasis on those developing new technology for autonomous cars, robotics, and machine learning platforms."

Qualcomm said this fund builds on more than a decade of the chipset vendor’s AI research and its heritage of developing the foundational building blocks of low power processing and...

           Video: BrainCorp shows how new autonomous cleaning services will work       Cache   Translate Page      
BrainCorp shows how a new autonomous AI cleaning service will work and navigate in various environments in their promotional video.
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Kongsberg Maritime has unveiled its new HUGIN SUPERIOR Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV). The HUGIN SUPERIOR is equipped with the new HISAS 1032 Dual Receiver Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) which...

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          Swire Seabed Wraps Up Pipeline Inspection for Equinor      Cache   Translate Page      
Swire Seabed has recently completed the first autonomous inspection of an offshore pipeline systems for Equinor, utilizing Kongsberg Maritime’s Hugin Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV). The...

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          VdT Castilla y León wines, for when DO doesn’t do it      Cache   Translate Page      
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A European team is developing ¡VAMOS!, an autonomous underwater mining system to reach and extract mineral deposits within inland lakes Minerals extracted from within the European Union account for just three per cent of global ore production, yet its member states consume up to 30 per cent of the world’s metal. Despite efforts to develop […]

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The world’s first fully autonomous ferry has been demonstrated in Finland, a feat that saw Finferries’ Falco – a 53.8m double-ended car ferry – navigate its way between Parainen and Nauvo. The Falco used a combination of Rolls-Royce Ship Intelligence technologies to make the outward journey. The vessel detected objects using sensor fusion and artificial […]

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Walmart will start using robotic floor mops in early 2019:

"The world’s largest retailer is rolling out 360 autonomous floor-scrubbing robots in some of its stores in the U.S. by the end of the January, it said in a joint statement with Brain Corp., which makes the machines. The autonomous janitors can clean floors on their own even when customers are around, according to the San Diego-based startup."

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AZ-Glendale, Overview Are you passionate about pursuing a career with purpose where performance and resilience are rewarded with uncapped incentives? Do you thrive in fast-paced, semi-autonomous roles? Do you enjoy informing customers about new and innovative solutions designed to save them money? If that's you, we invite you to consider a rewarding career with Sunrun's retail field marketing team. Sunrun is t
          Autonomous ships essay competition      Cache   Translate Page      
The Naval Historical Society of Australia is conducting an essay competition on the topic ‘Autonomous Ships’. The competition is open to anyone and will also be promulgated throughout the RAN and other interested organisations. The prize money of $1000 has been donated by the Chatswood RSL Club. Unmanned vessels are an attractive option to fleet …
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MI-Detroit, We are looking for an Experience Designer to join our Autonomous Vehicles Product and Experience team. As an Experience Designer you will work from a human centered design foundation to envision and design innovative, future Products and Experiences in and around our future autonomous vehicles (Designing seamlessly across hardware, software and services). Using a range of key insights and design t
          Ohio's first self-driving shuttle service begins on December 10th      Cache   Translate Page      

Ohio wants to be a haven for self-driving cars, and it's already acting on those plans... if slowly. Smart Columbus and DriveOhio have announced that the state's first autonomous shuttle service, Smart Circuit, will launch in Columbus on December 10th. It's not a terribly ambitious route. Three May Mobility vehicles will cover a 1.5-mile loop around the Scioto Mile between 6AM and 10PM, with departures from each of the four stops every 10 minutes. There's a human backup driver onboard, too. However, rides are free. So long as you're not in a hurry (the shuttles drive at a modest 25MPH) and can take one of the four available seats, it won't hurt to hop aboard.

Source: Smart Circuit


          GeoSpectrum Technologies Awarded Funding from the Government of Canada as Part of the 'Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security Program'      Cache   Translate Page      

DARTMOUTH, Nova Scotia, Dec. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- GeoSpectrum Technologies (GTI) announces that it has received funding from the Government of Canada under the Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security Program (IDEaS), to commence the initial development of a Passive Autonomous...


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During the impending robopocalypse, humanity will have to ward off freakishly agile androids, robotic dogs, whatever the hell this is, and, as new research from MIT suggests, quasi-autonomous, mobile robot-plant hybrids.

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The reason autonomous systems for enterprises are so important is because they solve many of the biggest challenges facing businesses today.
          Comment on Falco makes world’s first autonomous ferry crossing by James Dunlop      Cache   Translate Page      
Some interesting comments here, but I think some people are confusing autonomous with unmanned. The autonomy present in the ship described seems (at least to me) to be confined to navigation, power, berthing etc. I am certain that no ferry would ever get any passengers to board it if there was no friendly human to marshal the passengers and cargo, serve the coffee and most importantly be in charge of the safety equipment. It does however raise some other thoughts, so much of the dire warnings recently have indicated that all manual type jobs will be superseded by robots and only skilled roles will remain to be done by humans. In this instance it would appear that the more skilled roles are the ones under threat. In the event the technology will evolve in accordance with what the public will accept and a balance will be achieved between automation and human tasks as has been the case since the wheel was invented.
          Baby, you can drive my hotel room?      Cache   Translate Page      

I have a childhood friend who retired earlier this year. She and her husband then spent 6 months in their new RV, tootling around the country visiting kids, grandkids and friends – and seeing a lot of beautiful sites, national parks, etc.

The latest news? They liked it so much that they’re selling their house, estate-selling all their possessions, and taking off for parts unknown on a permanent basis.

Not for me, but what a great adventure.

I thought of Mary-Anne and Tom when I read about a new mode of travel – a hotel room on wheels; a self-driving hotel room on wheels - that’s supposedly going to “revolutionize the way we travel.”

It’s the Autonomous Travel Suite (ATS).

Autonomous RV

The idea comes from Steve Lee of Toronto’s Aprilli Design Studio, and won an award for radical innovation from the hospitality industry. Guess they’re trying to one-up Airbnb. Plus they’re hoping to do away with short-hop air travel.

Here’s the big idea:

A hybrid design which combines a hotel room with a self-driving vehicle, the Autonomous Travel Suite (ATS) comes in a range of sizes designed to accommodate solo travelers, couples or families. You can even bring your cat.

Designed to carry travelers on journeys of between six and 10 hours, the ATS is equipped with many of the elements found in a traditional hotel room: a sleeping space (with a memory foam mattress), a work space, a tiny kitchen, a toilet, a sitting shower and an "entertainment zone" for watching movies and gaming.

It is encased by panoramic smart glass windows that dim at the touch of a button. (Source: CNN)

We’re still a way aways from autonomous (self-driving) cars, so this one is even further out, but your home away from home will be app-driven (literally). Travelers will plug in Point A and Point B and you’re on your way.

Lee sees his brainchild as part of chains of Autonomous Hotels that would take care of the necessities like docking, waste removal, and amenities like pools and gyms. Sort of like an RV park, no?

[Lee] believes that as a customized, comfortable and time-efficient form of transport, the ATS will be well-positioned to replace domestic air travel -- eliminating the necessity to wait in line at check in, make multiple transport transfers and lug heavy suitcases around.

I was going to say “baby, you can drive my hotel room,” but in this case, there ain’t no baby. That hotel room is going to drive itself.

It’s an idea, but wouldn’t folks just hop in an autonomous car and have it drive them to a real honest to goodness hotel where they didn’t have to worry about the dimmer on the smart glass windows failing, exposing them like a zoo animal.

But I have to say that both Mary-Anne and Tom’s adventure, and the ATS, put me in mind of a Farmer Al Falfa cartoon which, even in my  childhood, was old timey. (The cartoons were from the 1930s, which from the perspective of the 1950s, seemed impossibly way-back.) In the episode I recall, Farmer Al Falfa – who was a grouchy old coot – got hisself a trailer. Famer Al FalfaAs he tootled around cartoonville in his 1930’s version of an RV, he strummed and sang a little ditty:

Takin’ a bath in a trailer
Oh by gum by gee
I sure enjoy it ‘cause the water’s free

What ever would Farmer Al Falfa have made of the ATS? Oh by gum by gee alright.


          Audi, Airbus, and Italdesign Tests “Pop.Up Next” Flying Taxi for Future Cars      Cache   Translate Page      

In a world of diverse and incredible technology, the world is moving at a very fast pace and it takes only the smart to catch up, don't be surprised when the world starts flying on drones very soon, as we already seen in Dubai.

During Drone Week in Amsterdam, Audi, Airbus, and Italdesign have presented “Pop.Up Next” Flying Taxi prototype for the first time. This high-tech transportation system could be our future of a flying taxi by combining a self-driving electric car with a passenger drone. During the first public test flight, the flight module could place a passenger capsule accurately on the ground module, then it drove from test grounds autonomously. Even though it’s still 1:4 scale model, but it’s highly possible that in coming decade, you could enjoy this convenient and efficient flying taxi service in large cities with the multi-modal operation, in the air, and on the road. Passengers don’t need to change vehicles, they can relax or work in their cabin and let the system do the rest.

Audi believes, flying taxis are our future, more and more people are moving to the cities and more people would be grateful for automation. Senior citizens, children, and people without driver’s license will want to use convenient robot taxis. This futuristic Audi Pop.Up Next Flying Taxi transportation system would also make a smart allocation of traffic between roads and airspace, all of us would eventually benefit in equal measure.








          Rolls-Royce presenta en Finlandia su primer ferry autónomo      Cache   Translate Page      

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En el ámbito de los vehículos autónomos ya contamos con coches, aviones y hasta camiones. Pero Rolls-Royce (no esa Roll-Royce, sino la otra mitad —la fabricante de motores y submarinos— de la empresa original, dividida tras su bancarrota en 1971) acaba de sumar un nuevo vehículo a la lista: el ferry, y ha querido demostrar públicamente su funcionamiento con un viaje entre las localidades finesas de Parainen y Nauvo.

Durante el trayecto de ida, la nave operó de manera completamente autónoma, pero en el viaje de vuelta estuvo controlado de forma remota desde un centro de mando situado a 50 kilómetros de allí, con el objetivo de demostrar que la nave puede pasar a estar bajo control humano si es necesario.

"Lo de hoy demuestra que la nave autónoma no es sólo una idea, sino algo que transformará el transporte tal como lo conocemos", afirmó el responsable para navegación comercial de la compañía, Mikael Makinen, tras desvelar que han estado probando esta tecnología durante 400 horas de navegación por las aguas del archipiélago de Turku.

Ferrys, buques de carga... y barcos de guerra

Rolls-Royce, que ya colabora con Intel para crear buques de carga inteligentes, se asoció con la empresa pública local Finferries el pasado mes de mayo para poner en marcha el proyecto SVAN (Safer Vessel with Autonomous Navigation), y así "optimizar la seguridad y la eficiencia de los barcos" del operador de ferrys introduciendo tecnologías de navegación autónoma.

Ferry

"El proyecto SVAN es producto una colaboración exitosa entre Rolls-Royce y Finferries y constituye una oportunidad para mostrar al mundo los grandes beneficios que puede aportar la tecnología de navegación inteligente" a la hora de operar los barcos, afirma Makinen.

El CEO de Finferries, Mats Rosin, explica por su parte que su "principal objetivo en esta cooperación ha sido aumentar la seguridad en el tráfico marítimo, lo cual es beneficioso tanto para el medio ambiente como para nuestros pasajeros".

De hecho, el ferry de SVAN cuenta con innumerables sensores coordinados por una IA que le ayudan a identificar y sortear obstáculos en su entorno, y le permiten incluso contar con un sistema de auto-docking para 'aparcarse' al llegar a puerto.

Pero la navegación autónoma no avanza únicamente en el ámbito del transporte comercial: en 2016, la agencia estadounidense DARPA presentó un prototipo de buque de guerra autónomo llamado Sea Hunter. Tras una etapa inicial exitosa de su proceso de desarrollo, el pasado mes de febrero DARPA informaba que dejaba el proyecto en manos de la Oficina de Investigación Naval de los Estados Unidos.

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          Comment on The 23 Year Story of Change-Promoting Organizations in the LCMS by RW      Cache   Translate Page      
<a href='/2018/11/the-23-year-story-of-change-promoting-organizations-in-the-lcms/#comment-1252406' rel="nofollow">@Martin R. Noland #35</a> Dr. Noland I agree with you. Upmost, the very Scriptures, namely Pauline Epistles, contend that false teaching and practice in a local congregation is also addressed by Pastors, people -outside- of that local congregation. Scripture does not support autonomous local congregations but an ecclesia. People often misquote Luther, Walther and Lutheran Fathers when translating "church" to mean just the "local, autonomous congregation." They don't, perhaps ever! In historical Lutheranism, the historic Church it is unthinkable for a local parish pastor to change anything! or do as he/they please apart from the ministerium and ecclesia! For the local LCMS congregation -it is not your Supper, your liturgy, your confession of faith, it is OURS. And should be treated as OURS, or you can always leave.
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          Waymo has launched its commercial self-driving service in Phoenix — and it's called 'Waymo One' (GOOGL)      Cache   Translate Page      

Waymo Launch

  • Waymo has officially launched in commercial self-driving service in Phoenix.
  • The service is called "Waymo One."
  • It will be opening initially just to early riders who have been testing the service.
  • Waymo drivers will continue to supervise the Chrysler Pacifica minivans as Waymo One is rolled out.


Waymo is finally hitting the road for real.

After racking up 10 million driverless miles in a decade of history, Alphabet's autonomous technology rolled out commercially in Phoenix on Wednesday.

The launch was low-key — Waymo is limiting initial ridership to a Phoenix group of 400 people that has been testing the service — but the ride-hailing business has a new name. Sort of.

"Today, we're taking the next step in our journey with the introduction of our commercial self-driving service, Waymo One," John Krafcik, Waymo's CEO, said in a statement.

"We’ll first offer Waymo One to hundreds of early riders who have already been using our technology. Over time, we hope to make Waymo One available to even more members of the public as we add vehicles and drive in more places. Self-driving technology is new to many, so we’re proceeding carefully with the comfort and convenience of our riders in mind."

Critically, at this juncture, customers won't yet a see an empty, robot-driven Chrysler Pacifica minivan with a Waymo logo pull up when they summon a ride via the Waymo smartphone app.

Waymo Launch

"At first, Waymo-trained drivers will supervise our Waymo One vehicles," Krafcik said.

The app-based service will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Riders "can use it to get around several cities in the Metro Phoenix area, including Chandler, Tempe, Mesa, and Gilbert," Waymo explained, adding that they'll "see price estimates before they accept the trip based on factors like the time and distance to their destination."

Waymo is one of two fully autonomous ride-hailing services that have planned to launch in 2018 and 2019 — the other in General Motors' Cruise. Valuations for both companies have risen dramatically in the past year, as investors have assessed the potential for driverless taxi services. Cruise is now worth $14.6 billion, and Morgan Stanley has argued that Waymo would be worth $175 billion.

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Waymo Launch

  • Waymo has officially launched in commercial self-driving service in Phoenix.
  • The service is called "Waymo One."
  • It will be opening initially just to early riders who have been testing the service.
  • Waymo drivers will continue to supervise the Chrysler Pacifica minivans as Waymo One is rolled out.


Waymo is finally hitting the road for real.

After racking up 10 million driverless miles in a decade of history, Alphabet's autonomous technology rolled out commercially in Phoenix on Wednesday.

The launch was low-key — Waymo is limiting initial ridership to a Phoenix group of 400 people that has been testing the service — but the ride-hailing business has a new name. Sort of.

"Today, we're taking the next step in our journey with the introduction of our commercial self-driving service, Waymo One," John Krafcik, Waymo's CEO, said in a statement.

"We’ll first offer Waymo One to hundreds of early riders who have already been using our technology. Over time, we hope to make Waymo One available to even more members of the public as we add vehicles and drive in more places. Self-driving technology is new to many, so we’re proceeding carefully with the comfort and convenience of our riders in mind."

Critically, at this juncture, customers won't yet a see an empty, robot-driven Chrysler Pacifica minivan with a Waymo logo pull up when they summon a ride via the Waymo smartphone app.

Waymo Launch

"At first, Waymo-trained drivers will supervise our Waymo One vehicles," Krafcik said.

The app-based service will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Riders "can use it to get around several cities in the Metro Phoenix area, including Chandler, Tempe, Mesa, and Gilbert," Waymo explained, adding that they'll "see price estimates before they accept the trip based on factors like the time and distance to their destination."

Waymo is one of two fully autonomous ride-hailing services that have planned to launch in 2018 and 2019 — the other in General Motors' Cruise. Valuations for both companies have risen dramatically in the past year, as investors have assessed the potential for driverless taxi services. Cruise is now worth $14.6 billion, and Morgan Stanley has argued that Waymo would be worth $175 billion.

SEE ALSO: A Waymo engineer told us why a virtual-world simulation is crucial to the future of self-driving cars

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          Army AI Task Force Selects Carnegie Mellon as New Hub      Cache   Translate Page      

Image of an autonomous helicopter carrying a truck

Carnegie Mellon University has been selected as the hub of the United States Army's AI Task Force launched earlier this fall. The launch of the Task Force allows the Army to better connect with the broader artificial intelligence (AI) community as they focus their efforts in this constantly changing field. As the charter location for this national effort, the center based at Carnegie Mellon will engage universities and companies from across the nation and tap into the vibrant robotics and AI community in Pittsburgh.

"As the host site for this important effort, Carnegie Mellon will leverage its distinct strengths in artificial intelligence to assist the Army in building a vibrant AI innovation network with industry and university partners from across the nation," said Carnegie Mellon President Farnam Jahanian. "This partnership builds upon the university's long history of collaboration with the Department of Defense and industry partners. It is also a reflection of Pittsburgh's strengths as a hub for innovation and home to the world's top talent in emerging technologies."

"The Army is moving rapidly to develop and apply breakthroughs in AI to impact all aspects of Army operations," said Brig. Gen. Matthew Easley, director of Army Artificial Intelligence within Army Futures Command. "Carnegie Mellon is an excellent partner to help advance research and education initiatives and engage researchers throughout the nation to support and safeguard the men and women serving our nation."

The partnership will support projects responsible for the future force modernization that are initiated by the Army Futures Command. The Task Force will form agile teams of operational technical experts to rapidly develop prototype capabilities and create a talent management plan to enable the Army to hire, develop, and retain the necessary skills to support and foster AI development well into the future. Another benefit of this location is engagement with the local innovation ecosystem of defense companies, small businesses, and startups in the Pittsburgh region. The military's current priorities are for applications of artificial intelligence to equipment maintenance/logistics; situational awareness; and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

Carnegie Mellon's strengths in artificial intelligence span many disciplines across campus, with AI experts and researchers embedded in almost every school and college. The School of Computer Science, the first college in the world devoted solely to computing, is home to the world's first Ph.D. program in machine learning as well as the top ranked graduate program in AI. This fall, the school also launched the nation's first undergraduate degree program in artificial intelligence. CMU's expertise ranges from machine learning and language understanding to ethics and policy ramifications of emerging technologies. In 2017, a Carnegie Mellon-led team submitted the winning proposal for the Manufacturing USA Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute, which also is directed by the Army and has its main site in Pittsburgh.

"Carnegie Mellon has long been a leader in fundamental research in AI, largely because of our interdisciplinary approach blending computer science, psychology, engineering, ethics and other disciplines," said Tom Mitchell, interim dean of the School of Computer Science. "This new effort will further strengthen our ability to partner with other universities, companies and government agencies to bring in even more diverse perspectives to move the field forward."

Carnegie Mellon and the Task Force will have a joint event to mark the opening of the location early in 2019.


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World Economy Facing More Challenges Next Year as Growth Woes Continue Across the Board
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2018/12/4 18:32:42

After having experienced a tumultuous year, highlighted by the China-US trade dispute, the world economy may be facing grimmer prospects in 2019.

In a fresh sign of mounting growth woes, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said last week that interest rates are "just below" neutral, a distinct change from his remarks in early October that the Fed was "a long way" from neutral.

The change in phrasing by Powell, who has been under fire from US President Donald Trump about rate hikes, is considered a hint that Fed rate hikes may slow.

The significant change in the Fed's rate path apparently points to concerns that US economic growth might not hold up if the current monetary policy continues into the new year.

The news follows General Motors' recent announcement that it will lay off 14,000 workers and close five facilities in North America, which the car company said would prepare it for the future world of autonomous and electric vehicles. This move inevitably deepened global recession fears.

Also, the recent slump in crude oil prices indicates slowing demand growth, a portent of sluggish global GDP expansion.

The Chinese economy, for its part, is also under downward pressure as its quest for quality growth will continue.

A meeting between the leaders of China and the US on Saturday on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina produced a consensus on economic and trade issues, as the two countries agreed to avoid an escalation of trade restrictions. But there are still concerns over a 90-day deadline - according to a White House statement regarding the meeting - to reach a broader trade agreement.

Challenges facing the world's two largest economies as well as uncertainties clouding the rest of the world are stoking fears of a gloomier global economic outlook in 2019.

In an update to its World Economic Outlook in October, the IMF already ratcheted down its July forecast of 3.9 percent global GDP growth for 2019 to 3.7 percent. It cited a confluence of factors including the trade dispute between the world's two largest economies, a weaker eurozone, specific conditions in the UK and Japan, and rising interest rates which would result in capital outflows from some emerging markets. While leaving the 2018 growth estimates for China and the US unchanged at 6.6 percent and 2.9 percent, respectively, the fund cut its 2019 growth forecasts for the two economies. China was forecast to grow 6.2 percent, instead of 6.4 percent, while the forecast of US expansion was eased to 2.5 percent, from 2.7 percent.

With the Fed possibly slowing its pace of rate hikes, interest rates will still trend upward. There's thus a strong case that the global economic outlook will darken over the next year.

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Waymo – formerly the Google Self Driving Car Project – began inviting folks in Phoenix to ride its autonomous cars in April 2017, a few months after the new Alphabet company was formed to commercialize the technology. Now Waymo One has officially launched, a commercial endeavor aimed at getting more of the public on board.

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Waymo One ya está aquí, y los taxistas de todo el mundo quizás deberían andarse con ojo. El proyecto de Waymo, parte de Alphabet, llevaba tiempo fraguándose, y su rumoreado servicio de taxis autónomos comienza a estar activo ya, aunque de forma reducida.

Los coches de Waymo One están disponibles para un grupo limitado de usuarios en la zona metropolitana de Phoenix, en Estados Unidos, y aunque los coches son totalmente autónomos, en esta fase inicial habrá un conductor humano asistiendo esa conducción autónoma por si surge cualquier problema.

¿El principio de una nueva era del transporte?

El despliegue del servicio será, insistimos, cauteloso, y solo podrán usarlo los miembros de ese programa inicial de Waymo que permitió evaluar el servicio. Ese grupo de 'riders' serán los que podrán acceder al servicio, que estará gestionado por una aplicación móvil similar en esencia a la que ofrecen servicios como Uber o Cabify.

El programa, eso sí, irá extendiéndose a nuevos usuarios gradualmente, y las personas que sean aceptadas en dicho servicio podrán ser acompañadas por otros dos adultos y un niño en esos trayectos.

Mucho ha llovido desde que Google empezó a experimentar de forma secreta con los coches autónomos en 2009. La creación de Waymo como una división independiente en 2016 dejaba clara la ambición de una empresa que ha crecido de forma notable en este ámbito: es de largo la que más kilómetros recorre entre todas las empresas que están apostando por este mercado.

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Ha habido desde luego otras iniciativas dirigidas a llevar el taxi autónomo en la práctica, pero la apuesta de Google podría plantear un verdadero punto de inflexión gracias a los recursos y la trayectoria —no exenta de algún que otro susto— de sus coches autónomos. Como decíamos al principio, los taxistas quizás deberían estar (un poco) preocupados.

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A walk through time out of Time. Manifesting those Quakers out of all Appearances.

A walk through time out of Time. Manifesting those Quakers out of all Appearances.Thirty years ago, I had an experience of seeing a different way of being, conscience and consciousness. It was a glimpse of a glimpse that held fast and true in the far periphery of Life; kissing consciousness. In that moment, I became Quaker. However, Quaker of a different sort.For twenty years I have attended Quaker Assemblies of various sorts. There was a time I almost sought membership in the Ohio Yearly Meeting. Yet, I was not led into membership. Through the appearance of the spirit of Jesus Christ inshining upon my conscience and reforming the very foundation of my consciousness, it was becoming clear I was on a different path. It was not of a communal or autonomous nature. Many convinced Quakers testify to the need for community and how a particular Quaker gathering had supplied that need. I sensed no such need. This experience of conscience and consciousness being nurtured and established by the Spirit of Christ enthroned within, was becoming and became sufficient in itself to satisfy and sustain consciousness and identity in this new Life. It is not that I do not value gathering for worship; it is that my conscience and consciousness is ruled and guided outside of concorporate (communal) and self-regulated (individualistic) contexts or paradigms. The immanent Presence of Christ itself in itself is become the source or seed of consciousness, life, and identity without regard for outward self-centered and/or communal contexts or constructs. I am come out of the communal and individual dynamic. I am of a Christonomous1 nature.Over time and through study, it has become clear that a different sort of Quakerism has existed (throughout the whole of its history) alongside the outwardly established formal Quakerism. It is a blessing that many Christonomous Quakers navigated the minefield of derision and denunciation that early Quaker establishment Leaders laid before their paths and published their testimony to their witness. It is also a blessing the many establishment Quaker leaders wrote against the Christonomous Quakers. For, in writing against them, they manifest their existence. There is very strong evidence and proof of the Christonomous way, distinct from the way established and enforced by other Quakers led to establish outwardly visible forms, doctrines, and practices to guide the Quaker gathering.For example, the eminent minister Stephen Crisp wrote in 1666 of some Quakers in An Epistle to Friends Concerning Present and Succeeding Times who ‘… have no Keeper, but the Measure of Light revealed in their Hearts and Consciences …’ (From a 1780 edition, pg 9). Essentially, Crisp is lamenting those Quakers who do not follow or come to the touch of the established Quaker outward forms and ceremonies (for example, not removing their hat during prayer). Crisp here clearly enunciates those people in the gathering who are come out of the process of participation in and identification with all outward forms, practices, and ceremonies. It is telling that the testimony by some early Friends in the gathering of having no *Keeper* but their measure of Light in their conscience is troublesome to Crisp. This short sentence is a precise definition of the Christonomous Friend.In the very title of another epistle, Stephen Crisp, writes: An Epistle from Stephen Crisp to Friends against such as cry out against the Form of Godliness, as against Meeting at set Times, on First Days, etc. The mere title highlights people in the gathering who scrupled against the very process of establishing Meetings at set times and days. In this tract he writes of those in the gathering who experience ‘… leading out of Formality into the Power.’ Here Crisp specifically manifests a people who were led out of the very process of identification with and participation in Formalities. It is of no matter that Crisp is here interested in denigrating those Quakers who are come out of formalities. The point in this discussion is to show there were in fact many in the gathering who testified to the witness of coming out of Formalities and Crisp gives strong proof of their presence in the Gathering even though he contended with Christonomous people.It is significant and telling to note that Crisp in the title of the second epistle mentioned writes of … such as cry against the Form of Godliness … For many people in the early Quaker gatherings like Crisp, forms themselves were not so much the issue as whether those forms are Godly or in the Power of God. George Fox in his Concerning those that go out of Unity and Deny Forms writes:“they go out of all true forms, into confusion and emptiness, without form; then they say, they will not be subject to forms, and cry down all forms with their darkness and a perverse spirit, and so mash all together. ““For there is a form of godliness, and there is a form of sound words; many have a form.”They mash all together. That is, those who are come out of forms do not distinguish between Godly and Ungodly forms. Fox is here very perceptive. Not only do they go out of ungodly forms, they are come out of the process of identification with and participation in all true forms. Here again, is a testimony of a contending Quaker bringing light upon people in the gathering of Friends who testify to the witness of coming out of all appearances or forms.George Fox, in his Journal (1709 Vol. 2 pg. 333), writes of those who deny prescriptions without distinction. That is, they make no distinction between godly and ungodly prescriptions because they are come out of all outward forms and prescriptions to guide their conscience.There are many many more examples I can document to show the existence of a people in the earliest history of the Quaker gathering who specifically testified to the appearance of the inshining Light upon their conscience and consciousness and the resulting experience of being come out of the process of their relationships and interactions being guided and informed by outward, forms, practices, prescriptions, ceremonies, and institutions. Theirs is a powerful testimony and one that speaks to many people today and all along the history of Quakerism. Those of us who know this christonomous experience can embrace and trace our spiritual heritage back to the first or earliest of Quakers. We can stand in the light of Quaker history and sense our heritage in the words of Nathanial Smith (excommunicated from the gathering by George Fox for his unwillingness to comply with the Quaker establishment), who wrote in 1669:“Whereas I have given thee an account of their Courts, it is but to let thee understand, that all Sects, Formes, or other Dispensations, if thou please to call them so, (or by what Name so ever) after they have raised to themselves a considerable number of People, then they go about to set up themselves, and make to themselves Laws, whereby they may Govern, and bear Rule one over another; for these People called the Quakers were the only People that did speak against this, and said, That man ought to fear God, and to walk justly before him, and be taught of him; but now they have a Rule or a Light to walk by, (a rather a Law) and if any do not observe this, then he is cast out from amongst them, as not being one of the Flock of God.”1. I use Christonomous or Christonomy to express the experience of being come out of all visible appearances formalities and institutions to guide and inform human relationships and interactions through the appearance of the immanent Presence of Jesus Christ (being sufficient itself in itself) informing the conscience and anchoring the consciousness.See More

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Alphabet's Waymo on Wednesday launched a significant development in its costly, decade-long quest for autonomous transportation: self-driving taxis that actually generate fares.

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Starting today, some Phoenix-area residents can use an app on their phone to summon a driverless taxi from Waymo. But even Waymo is playing down the historic milestone, acknowledging the world won't change overnight.

The big picture: After years of hype, it's the first real test of consumer demand for robocars. But the low-key launch speaks volumes about where AV technology is today — and how long it will take before people feel comfortable with cars that drive themselves.


Waymo is the leader in self-driving cars, having started as a Google "moonshot" project in 2009. Since then, it has racked up 10 million miles of real-world driving and 7 billion simulated miles — more than any other tech or auto company. But even with a massive lead, the company is taking only baby steps toward commercialization.

Details: The first customers will be participants in the company's free test ride program who will be invited to start paying for the service, called Waymo One. Over time, the service will become more widely available to the public.

  • That means if you're on a business trip to Phoenix, you won't be able to just download the app and order a robotaxi — at least for now.
  • The service will operate on the same streets in the 100-square-mile area around Phoenix where Waymo's early rider test fleet has been operating since April 2017.
  • Analysts briefed on the plan say about 100 of Waymo's 600 Chrysler Pacifica pilot vehicles will be available for public hire; the rest will continue testing in Phoenix and 24 other cities.
  • Fares will be "competitive" with Uber and Lyft, a spokeswoman said, although in the long term most analysts expect driverless taxis will be substantially cheaper.
  • And at least for now, riders won't have to worry about nobody being behind the steering wheel — because a Waymo employee will monitor the vehicle from the driver's seat.

Waymo has reached deals to buy as many as 62,000 plug-in hybrid Chrysler Pacifica minivans and 20,000 fully-electric Jaguar I-Pace SUVs to build out its fleet over the next few years. But at this rate, it could be decades before self-driving cars become part of our everyday lives.

"If they’re going to do something like this in every market, how long will it take to proliferate across the country? We're talking about some serious roll out time."
Mike Ramsey, research director, Gartner

Besides robotaxis, Waymo is working on three other potential markets:

  • It's testing self-driving delivery trucks near Atlanta.
  • It partnered with Valley Metro, the Phoenix regional public transit agency, to provide last-mile transportation to commuters.
  • It's in talks with Fiat Chrysler and others to license its technology for self-driving personal cars.

The catch: A highly publicized fatality, along with a smattering of other crashes, has quashed much of the hype around autonomous vehicles.

  • Other companies — automakers like GM, Ford and Nissan and tech start-ups like Aurora Innovation and Zoox — aim to launch autonomous vehicles over the next one to three years, but insist safety is their highest priority.

The bottom line: The challenge for Waymo and everyone else is to turn their advanced technology into a service that people want — and will pay for.

“The realities of the business are setting in while they are working on the technology. It’s almost as daunting.”
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As part of the Trump administration’s efforts to hold China accountable for unfair treatment of American companies, the Commerce Department on Nov. 19 proposed new export controls, traditionally limited to sensitive weapons technologies, that could bring China’s ambitious autonomous vehicle push to a screeching halt.

Why it matters: The move to block exports of these “emerging” and “foundational” technologies from the U.S., even by non-American companies, would limit partnerships with Chinese firms and possibly the employment of Chinese nationals in the U.S. AV industry, since technical information could qualify as an export.


Details: The proposed restrictions include computer vision, artificial intelligence, geospatial positioning, computer chips and memory, and mobile electric power — technologies critical to the development of AVs.

  • Baidu, Xpeng Motors and other Chinese AV players rely heavily on chips by companies like NVIDIA and sensors from companies like Velodyne (at one industry showcase, 85% of Chinese companies used its lidar).
  • China’s strategy document for the AV industry instructs companies to purchase foreign players to obtain key technologies — an approach that is now imperiled, as this list will be used by the interagency panel that reviews foreign investments in U.S. companies.

What to watch: Public comment is open until Dec. 19 and industry is likely to push back, as these export controls would have an impact on broad swathes of the economy — from self-driving cars to biotech. Changes within the Treasury or Commerce Departments, where leadership transitions have been rumored, could also shape the outcome.

Be smart: Even if the U.S. takes no action, the Chinese side likely will. China’s plan for its auto industry calls for the entire supply chain to be “secure and controllable” (i.e., to exclude foreign participation), and President Xi has made it clear that “core technologies” must be in Chinese hands. Multinational corporations, take note.

Patrick Lozada is a director in the China practice of Albright Stonebridge, a strategic advisory and commercial diplomacy firm.


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Nvidia has made its PhysX GPU-accelerated physics simulation engine open source, which means anyone can integrate into their games, as well as projects involving AI, robotics, and autonomous vehicle systems. PhysX was previously available to use in commercial projects for free, but the new BSD-3 license also allows people to modify the engine to suit their needs at no cost. The engine essentially allows for simulating real-world physical behavior in objects in 3D simulations. For example, it allows for more realistic depictions of damage to buildings in games, as well as natural movements for characters and things like paper and…

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As Ford Motor Co. continues toward its planned 2021 rollout of non-commercial self-driving vehicles in Miami-Dade, county transportation personnel are eying mid 2019 to start thinking of ways to introduce the imminent technology to the public. “Next year, maybe mid-year, we’re going to plan an event here and hopefully have autonomous vehicles that people can […]

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The drone delivery service firm Wing - owned by Google's parent company Alphabet Inc. - has plans to pilot its European service in Finland next spring. Finland will be the company's first foray into Europe.

Wing CEO James Burgess made the announcement at Slush, the startup and investor conference in Helsinki on Tuesday.

He said the company chose Finland because of its reputation around the world for rapidly embracing new technologies, as well as the local climate.

"If drones can fly here in Finland they can fly anywhere," Burgess said.

The company has already made test runs of its small, unmanned, multi-bladed copters in the south-central city of Tampere.

Burgess said it plans to start operations in the Helsinki region in spring of next year.

Wing's drones can carry loads up to 1.5 kg and are able to deliver consumer goods, food, medicine and other supplies "within minutes of ordering them."

The CEO said he wants to hear about what kinds of services people in Finland would like to see provided by Wing, adding that the company wants to build the service together with consumers.

If and when Wing launches the pilot programme in Helsinki, it won't be the first time a company has tested drones in the country. In 2015, Finland's postal service Posti trialled deliveries of packages using the autonomous flying devices.

Australian trial started in 2012

For the past six years Wing has been testing drones in Australia and has been reviewing the customer experience of drone deliveries in the country's southeastern region for the past one-and-a-half years.

Wing said that drone deliveries are a faster, more environmentally friendly and safer way of transporting goods than via land.

The firm said that in 60,000 flights over 18 months in Australia, drone emissions were 16-22 times lower than traditional vehicle deliveries on the roads, noting that the drones run on energy-efficient batteries.

The use of drones also helps reduce vehicle emissions and traffic on streets and highways, according to the company.


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Audi plans to invest €14b euros in electric mobility, digitization, autonomous driving

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Audi plans to invest 14 billion euros in electric mobility, digitization and autonomous driving from 2019 until the end of 2023, the German car manufacturer announced on Tuesday.

   The money will cover investments in properties, plants and equipment as well as cost for research and development. Audi's total expenditure during this five-year period will amount to 40 billion euros, according to company figures.

   "We are taking a very systematic approach to electric mobility and will be much more focused in future," said Bram Schot, interim chairman at Audi. By 2025, the Volkswagen subsidiary intends to offer around 20 electrified cars, about half of which are planned to have all-electric drive systems.

   Currently, Audi is not offering an all-electric car but recently revealed an all-electric luxury-class SUV that is likely to hit the streets in 2019.

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Helsinki Airport turns 5G 1st in whole world

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Helsinki Airport has become the first 5G airport in the world, as Finavia, the operator of the country’s airports, and the telecommunication company Telia on Monday launched a 5G network-based robot project at the airport.

The project aims at exploring the possibilities of using 5G in airport operations and bringing new kinds of experiences to passengers, said a Finavia press release.

It also means Finavia is Telia’s first customer using the pre-commercial 5G network in Finland.

The 5G robot operates in the non-Schengen area of T2 terminal. Telia and Finavia will study how passengers and airport personnel react and interact with an autonomous robot carrying out service tasks.

“The robot can deliver real-time video stream from the terminal and enable, for example, monitoring the terminal area through remote or autonomous control and see that everything is running as it should. The robot can also guide passengers in the terminal, and we aim to try different other uses of it during the project,” said Finavia Chief Digital Officer Heikki Koski.

The data transmission and control of the robot is carried over a 5G base station at the airport. The network based on Nokia’s technology utilises 28 GHz frequency band – the higher frequency band allocated for 5G. This is for the first time this so called millimetre waves are being used for 5G in a public use case in Finland.

Telia Finland 5G Program Director Janne Koistinen said, “5G will start with enterprise customers, especially for industrial automation and remote control. The low-latency connection and massive capacity of 5G will serve the airport well with its masses of passengers and data, and with the focus on security and fluency of services.”

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Waymo – formerly the Google Self Driving Car Project – began inviting folks in Phoenix to ride its autonomous cars in April 2017, a few months after the new Alphabet company was formed to commercialize the technology. Now Waymo One has officially launched, a commercial endeavor aimed at getting more of the public on board.

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          DeepMap Announces New Customers in Europe and North America; Einride and Ridecell Select DeepMap’s HD Mapping Technology for Autonomous Vehicle Fleets      Cache   Translate Page      
PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 05, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — DeepMap, leading provider of high-definition (HD) mapping and localization technology for autonomous vehicles, today announced licensing deals with Swedish trucking company Einride and San Francisco-based new mobility platform provider Ridecell. Both companies are integrating DeepMap’s software into autonomous fleets. James Wu, CEO and Co-Founder of DeepMap, […]
          Waymo Launches Consumer Self-Driving Car Service in Arizona      Cache   Translate Page      

Waymo has been quietly (and sometimes not so quietly) testing autonomous driving technology, and now it's finally rolling out to consumers in Arizona.

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          Waymo Launches the First Commercial Self-Driving Taxi Service—With Caveats      Cache   Translate Page      

Waymo, Google’s self-driving car project, hit another milestone on Wednesday by launching an Uber-like service in Arizona that’s driven by a fleet of autonomous taxis. But there’s some caveats to the service.

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          Waymo brings self-driving taxi service in Arizona for paying consumers      Cache   Translate Page      

Alphabet’s Waymo on Wednesday unveiled a major development in its expensive, decade-long quest for autonomous transportation: self-driving taxis that generate fares. With little fanfare, the company has started charging passengers to use its driverless vehicles in a approximately 100-mile (160 km) zone in four Phoenix suburbs – Chandler, Tempe, Mesa and Gilbert – where tested

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          Waymo starts commercial ride-share service      Cache   Translate Page      
After months of testing and millions of miles developing self-driving vehicle technology, Waymo has officially launched the country's first commercial autonomous ride-share service.
          Safe, Convenient, Award-Winning: Continental Receives CES 2019 Innovation Award for Intelligent Door System      Cache   Translate Page      

With its solutions for intelligent vehicle doors, the technology company Continental is optimizing the relationship between safety and convenience. State-of-the-art technologies such as the intelligent door brake system and the smart autonomous door support convenient opening and closing operations, while stopping vehicle doors from uncontrolled slamming. In addition, their obstacle detection functions lead to greater safety in road traffic scenarios and prevents dents and paint scratches....

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          IPFT calls off bandh      Cache   Translate Page      
AGARTALA, Dec 5 - The Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT), an ally of the ruling BJP, today called off its dawn-to-dusk bandh in the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) areas following talks with the senior coalition partner, the IPFT spokesperson said.
          Zippo Trademarks Its Signature Click and Celebrates by Going All In on ASMR      Cache   Translate Page      
Unless you've been living under a rock that no one's lightly scratched their nails on, you've probably heard about ASMR--the oddly tingle-inducing audio technique that creates soft noises some find satisfying and relaxing. Ikea produced a surprisingly great ASMR (short for "autonomous sensory meridian response") video about dorm room decor last year, and several other...
          Hirimba Pratap Thaosen Bhawan inaugurated      Cache   Translate Page      
HAFLONG, Dec 5 - The Chief Executive Member of NC Hills Autonomous Council (NCHAC), Debolal Gorlosa inaugurated the newly-constructed Hirimba Pratap Thaosen Bhawan-cum-Dimasa Students' Union (DSU) office in the presence of the Chairman of Haflong Town Committee Anil Daulagupu, Deputy Commissioner Amitabh Rajkhowa, president and secretaries of various students' organisations of Dima Hasao, on Monday.
          ABB enables groundbreaking trial of remotely operated passenger ferry      Cache   Translate Page      

With this historic trial in the Finnish capital's port last week, ABB and Helsinki City Transport took the next step in autonomous shipping. In the remote trial, the world's first for an existing passenger ferry, ABB successfully tested the enhancement of ship operations with technologies that are already available for nearly any kind of vessel. “We are excited about the potential impact of this test on the future of the maritime industry,” said Peter Terwiesch, the President of ABB's Ind...

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