11 jobs the internet is destroying

first_imgIt’s hard to think of an invention that has changed the course of human history quite like the internet has. Being able to connect people all over the world and give them access to a million books worth of information is truly amazing. But the world of modern capitalism is struggling to keep up.For every job that’s been created by the internet (like writing cool articles for a great website that the nicest people read), there’s a job that’s killed by it. Artificial intelligence, distributed computing, and other advances are removing the human element from customer service, professional consulting, and more.Not every profession stands the test of time. In this feature, we’ll spotlight eleven jobs that just don’t have any future in the internet age. Hopefully the people who invested in careers on the list have a backup plan, because they’re not going to be making a living for much longer. How do you feel after reading that? Did your occupation land a spot on the list, or are you working in a field that artificial intelligence can’t take over, like quasi-legal massages or off-season fireworks sales? And if the internet does take your job, what are you going to do with all your free time? Travel Agents1/11One of the most visible casualties of the internet age is travel agents. Even a few decades ago, if you wanted to fly somewhere you had to call up an office and talk to somebody whose entire job was hooking that up. Booking your own airline tickets, hotel rooms, et cetera was outside the grasp of the average American. Needless to say, the creation of travel sites like Orbitz and Travelocity changed all that. In the 1990s there were over 34,000 active travel agents in the United States, and that number has dropped by 20,000 since. There are still a few in business handling luxury trips and helping out confused old people, but the industry doesn’t have much time left.<><>last_img read more

Hayabusa2s New Asteroid Photo Shows Dark Touchdown Marks

first_img Watch: Hayabusa-2 to Land on Asteroid Ryugu for Second Sample CollectionJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Will Drop an Explosive on Asteroid Ryugu Stay on target Japan’s Hayabusa-2 spacecraft just snapped a new picture of Ryugu and it revealed dark landing marks on the asteroid’s bumpy surface.On Friday, Hayabusa-2 successfully touched down on Ryugu’s surface,“fired a bullet” into the asteroid’s ground, and collected some dust samples to return back to Earth.These ink-like touchdown spots, which were spotted in a picture taken by the spacecraft’s ONC_W1 onboard camera, could have been caused by debris blown upwards by Hayabusa-2’s thrusters or by the horn-shaped appendage that pierced the asteroid, BBC reported.This is an image captured just after #haya2_TD! It was taken with the wide-angle ONC-W1 onboard camera and shows the shadow of Hayabusa2 and a region of the surface that seems to have been discoloured by the touchdown. https://t.co/PEE6wfjDHE pic.twitter.com/UQoTNIQgIh— [email protected] (@haya2e_jaxa) February 25, 2019On Friday, Hayabusa-2 approached Ryugu with the appendage, stabbed a five-gram metal tantalum “bullet” into the asteroid, and collected particles from the quick impact. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), which monitored the Hayabusa-2 mission, hopes that the sampler horn captured between 10 to 100 milligrams of dust to send back to Earth in two years. With these samples, scientists can learn more about Ryugu and what the solar system might have looked like in its early days.Even though JAXA is unsure of the amount of samples collected, Hayabusa-2’s photo confirms that the landing operation went well. Before the big day, Hayabusa-2 dropped a beanbag-like “target marker” on Ryugu’s surface. This little marker was used to guide the spacecraft to the right sample collection site. Unlike earlier images of the touchdown area, this photo showed some discoloration, which indicated that the Hayabusa-2 was close to its planned touchdown target.Hayabusa-2, which will spend more time near Ryugu until later this year, is expected to head back to Earth with the dust samples at the end of 2020.More on Geek.com:Japan’s Hayabusa-2 Spacecraft ‘Fires a Bullet’ Into Asteroid RyuguJapan’s Hopping Rovers Successfully Land on Asteroid RyuguJapan Sends Satellite Into Space to Deliver Artificial Meteor Showerlast_img read more