Are dogs replacing children? Looks that way.

More and more couples are opting to claim their pets as children and forego having children of their own. What is the cause of this trend and more importantly, what are the ramifications? Jim examines it all and comments on a global battle for the next generation; something he describes as… “Puppies vs Babies!” May the cutest win. (The fate of the world is at stake!) | Click here for links related to this episode.

The Long Trend of Collecting and Leveraging Employee Data

Amazon just patented a device that tracks their workers’ hands in order to nudge their hands back into a more productive direction. If you are surprised by that, you should not be. Why? Simply put, it is only one development in a long trend of how companies have collected and leveraged employee data for the past decade. Tune into this episode for the details. | If you like what you’ve seen, please support my work by buying me a cup of coffee.

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Sologamy, Self Marriage and Alternative Weddings

If you can’t find the perfect partner in someone else, why wait for the ring when you can get hitched to yourself? That, at least in part, seems to be the thought process behind “sologamy,” or the act of marrying oneself. People — particularly women — are participating in the marriage trend that’s billed as a practice in self-love. And just in case that concept is just too weird for you, Jim Stroud discusses other alternatives to traditional marriage. Tune in for the details!  If you appreciate my work, buy me a cup of coffee? Thank you in advance.


Links cited in this video:

# What Is ‘Sologamy’? People Are Now Getting Married To Themselves
# Is Getting Married to Yourself the Next Hot Self-Esteem Trend?
# Why Singles Should Say ‘I Don’t’ to The Self-Marriage Movement
# Wedded to art: Jennifer Hoes, the woman who married herself | Art & Perception
# Italian woman marries herself in lavish ceremony, which is one way to end marital spats!
# WATCH: Feminist Marries Herself In ‘Sologamy’ Ceremony http://j.mp/2nTVyVC
MARRYING YOURSELF: San Francisco website caters to sologamy movement
# Wedded to art: Jennifer Hoes, the woman who married herself | Art & Perception
# This Woman Likes Tetris So Much She Wants To Marry It
Engineer ‘marries’ robot after failing to find a human wife
# Find out why this Russian man married a pizza
# Young brides marry trees in bizarre mass wedding performed by a ‘priest’
Woman gets engaged to 90-year-old chandelier
Woman marries train station
# “Tug o’ War

The Social Credit Score in China is a Bad, Bad Thing

What if everywhere you went, everything you did and everyone you interacted with was rated? What if the total score of those ratings were made public and entitled you to great perks but also, great stress and sufferings? Now, imagine that it was all a mandatory system that you cannot escape from or shut down as it dictated your place in society! No need to wonder at all, its called a “Social Credit Score” and it will be mandatory in China by 2020. Tune in for more details.

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# Black Mirror S03 E01 scene
# “what is black mirrior
# China’s “social credit system” will rate how valuable you are as a human
# Big data meets Big Brother as China moves to rate its citizens
# Number of connected devices per person in the United States 2016 | Statistic
# NSA Fact Sheet