Techaways – The week best bits in 4 bites

Facebook Co-Founder wants you to get $500 every month

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When Chris Hughes helped Mark Zuckerberg launch Facebook back when he was in Harvard, he never imagined how successful there project would be or just how much money it would make him. Since amassing his fortune, however, Hughes has become much more attuned to a problem that is growing across America, massive inequality.

“… (there) are tens of millions of American workers who are temps, part-time contractors, people who don’t have the kind of financial stability we used to think of as a job,”

According to Hughes, up to 90 million Americans are living precariously, due to an unstable income and a Universal Basic Income could help them live more securely. He claims the scheme could be paid for by only taxing people earning over $250,000 a year and with minor adjustments to the tax code. A Universal Basic Income would then be paid to everybody, rich and poor, meaning there could be no claims that it is unfairly benefitting the poorest people in society.

Hughes even cites the state of Alaska, where since 1976 residents have been receiving annual endowments, paid for by oil revenues. Last year nearly 740,000 people received $1,100 each.

Get paid to play FIFA

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How good are you at FIFA? Are you constantly beating your friends at home and on the web? Is your FIFA Ultimate Team THE Ultimate Team? If the answer is yes to both questions then maybe you could think about quitting your day job and getting yourself set up as a FIFA Pro Coach. Recruiters Bidvine have put the call out for all FIFA enthusiasts to apply for the newly created coaching role. Bidvine says that coaches will earn around £15 an hour but that they can set their own price.

Of course, if you want the job, you’re going to have to prove how good you are at FIFA. You’ll have to have played in Divisions within Online Seasons and/or FIFA Ultimate Team. You’ll also have to submit a copy of your photo ID and the division that you play in so that FIFA can verify your identity.

Are you good enough to be a pro-FIFA player? If you think so, you can apply for the job here.

Would you open up to an AI Therapist?

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With therapists charging by the hour for long rambling conversations about how who you were effects who you are and AI text bots desperate for the human interaction, they need to learn it was only a matter of time before an AI therapist hit the scene. Meet T.E.V.I, the Textpert Empathetic Virtual Interface, currently being developed by a team of UCLA researchers.

Tevi has a simple text-based interface. You type in your query and then Tevi responds by giving you different results and trying to classify your query relating to relationships, socializing, health, dating, or other topics. You can also ask Tevi to talk to you and offer some thoughts on your query.

Tevi should be able to participate in full conversations by the end of 2018 and will cost $9.99 a month, which is a lot less than a human therapist would cost. Do you think Tevi could help? Would you tell an AI robot all of your problems? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

Google’s shiny new job search engine couldn’t be simpler

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Finding a job can be tough, but Google wants to help make it easier, and the webmaster has finally launched its promised job search engine that should do just that. All you have to do to access it is type jobs or internships into a Google search bar.

There are plenty of great options for specializing your search too. You can search for specific types of jobs typing science jobs for example. You could also look for jobs near me, or you could look for jobs in a specific location by typing something like Washington jobs.

Once you click on the jobs tab, you’ll get more details about the types of jobs you’re after. These details include the date the job was posted, the industry, the type of work, the location, and the company type. You can then filter and sort your search results accordingly and sign up for job alerts based on your preferences.

The only thing you can’t do on Google jobs is apply for the positions you like. Instead, Google will send you to the original posting of the job so that you can apply directly to the company.

What are you waiting for?

 

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