Removing even well paying more construction jobs.

Having spent most of my life on the edges of construction sites, I find this depressing. But I understand that it is progress. Better – faster -stronger- more efficient.
Society faces enormous challenges in constructing high-quality, future-oriented built environments. Construction sites today look much like the building sites did at the beginning of the 20th century. Current research on digital fabrication in architecture indicates that the development and integration of innovative digital technologies within architectural and construction processes could transform the building industry — on the verge of a building industry 4.0. Digital technologies in architecture and construction could increase productivity creating new jobs.

This should come with an expiration date.

Single-payer health-care bill introduced in California senate

‘Past studies have shown they are incredibly expensive and would be disruptive’

(California Health Online) Legislation introduced in the state Senate Friday would set California on a path toward the possible creation of a single-payer health care system ? a proposal that has failed to gain traction here in the past.

The bill, which is a preliminary step, says that it is the “intent of the Legislature” to enact a law that would establish a comprehensive, single-payer health care program for the benefit of everyone in the state. The legislation, introduced by state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), does not offer specifics of what the plan would look like, nor does it mention a timetable.

A single-payer system would replace private insurance with a government plan that pays for coverage for everyone. Proponents argue that single-payer systems make health care more affordable and efficient, but opponents say they raise taxpayer costs and give government too much power.


New Power Converter for Internet of Things Reduces Resting Power Consumption by 50 Percent.

Those sensors will have to operate at very low powers, in order to extend battery life for months or make do with energy harvested from the environment. But that means that they’ll need to draw a wide range of electrical currents. A sensor might, for instance, wake up every so often, take a measurement, and perform a small calculation to see whether that measurement crosses some threshold. Those operations require relatively little current, but occasionally, the sensor might need to transmit an alert to a distant radio receiver. That requires much larger currents.