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Should a cleaner be paid the same as a CEO?

TLDR: Not the same but not such a sharp difference. Long answer: I would make payment relate to the value brought to the company or organisation in terms of the actions done by the person which bring profitability and sustainability to the organisation, with a salary cap of maximum 10x salary difference, or some other such arbitrary metric. For me, a salary is a measure of a person's worth at the moment, or a measure of their perceived worth. Since, as you use the phrase, saying that some people are worth more than others for me is "fundamentally offensive" in the sense of constitutional right to equality and human equality as a principle, I find the notion of sharply differentiated pay to be morally horrible. In my view, there are two types of work - that which can be measured in value and that which cannot. For example, I can measure my work's value in terms of facilitation. I facilitate the operations of IT and therefore peoples' ability to work. Without m

Wits/Oxford vaccine trial - post #6

Went today to get "unblinded". Turns out I got the live vaccine. They gave me a booster shot today. No side-effects so far (rash etc). This is the ChAdOx-1 vaccine (used for Astra Zeneca). Some thoughts on the bloodclots issue. General population rate: approx 0.001 ie 0.1% chance, or one in a thousand. Pregnancy rate: approx 0.0015, i.e. 0.15% chance, or one point five in a thousand. Astra Zeneca rate: 222 cases so far out of 34m people, or about 0,00000653, or 0,000653 percent.  Given the above, it could be argued that the Astra-Zeneca seems to prevent  blood clots, since the rate in vaccinated persons is 230 times lower than general population.

Good series of articles from Harvard on Covid-19 misinformation

 https://misinforeview.hks.harvard.edu/explore/research-article/

Is humanity going to destroy this planet?

No. I think that given adversity, humans realise when they're on the tipping point of dying and they wake up and sort it out. They did it with the ozone layer problem in the 1980s, and we see that they did it (finally) with covid-19.  So I reckon once the planet gets bad enough, and they have to put dykes up to protect coastal cities from rising sea levels, they will wake up.  Also, I think the air pollution issue certainly is from transport, there were interesting air pollution satellite images from China under covid, all showed massive decreases.  Once corporate sector allows everyone to work from home, there's no need to travel up and down. This thing of driving up and down will stop, it will go down to just logistics/goods transport rather than school, offices, etc.  We are going to go back to the pre-industrial work style period of cottage industry with people working from home and selling crafts, art, services, etc. stuff online.

The purpose of this blog

 This blog is for me to post interesting articles about current and future technology, covid-19, posthumanism, etc.

Wits/Oxford Covid-19 Vaccine Trial - Post #5

T he AstraZeneca vaccine has arrived in SA. As my readers know, I have been participating in the trial and have not had significant/noticeable side-effects. The Astra-Zeneca is manufactured in India however its research etc., has been done via Oxford and Wits University in our own country. I last went for a checkup last week and they informed me that 2 of the 2000 participants have become infected with Covid-19 and no significant side-effects reports. Hence it seems successful. 

Three types of Fake news in the academic world

  How to tell if something is a fake publication Fake publications come in three forms:  prank publications,   predatory publications  and just  plain bad science . For more on predatory publications and how to identify them, please see our earlier post below. An example of an AI that generates prank mathematics publications is  here . On the matter of prank publications, those are generally easier to detect since they make obviously ridiculous claims. However, the ability to detect whether the claims in the publication are indeed ridiculous depends on your academic backround. A particularly notorious case is the Sokal Hoax. In brief, a physicist called Alan Sokal sent a nonsense paper to a humanities journal: "In 1996, Sokal submitted an article to  Social Text , an academic journal of  postmodern   cultural studies . The submission was an experiment to test the journal's  intellectual rigor , and specifically to investigate whether "a leading North American journal of c