IBM may be at another turning point in its storied history. In October, the company announced it was buying the cloud software provider Red Hat for $34 billion in its biggest tech deal ever. IBM is also investing $1 billion in initiatives like apprenticeships to train workers for what it calls "new collar" jobs – a phrase coined by IBM president and CEO Ginni Rometty for workers who have technology skills but not a four-year college degree. "I think it really gets at one of the biggest issues of our time because these new technologies are great, they're going to solve many problems… but they also create a big digital divide – almost a have and have not," Rometty said Tuesday on "CBS This Morning." "People often talk about jobs being removed by [artificial intelligence]. I really think of it as jobs are going to be 100 percent changed by AI. So each of us is going to work with AI in some way of doing our job." The "new collar" jobs could range from working at a … [Read more...] about IBM CEO Ginni Rometty hopes “new collar” skills will bridge digital divide
As wildfires burn relentlessly in both Northern and Southern California, disaster modeler CoreLogic predicts that 48,390 homes in the state could be at "high or extreme risk" of damage. That would bring potential reconstruction costs to $18 billion. Although those property damages are huge, they're only part of the cost of California's now year-round fire season, which seems to grow worse each passing year. The death toll is now 44 and climbing from two concurrently burning fires: Northern California's Camp Fire and Southern California's Woolsey Fire. An estimated 200 people remain unaccounted for and are possibly lost. The Camp Fire, which decimated the town of Paradise, has burned roughly 117,000 acres and is only about 30 percent contained. An estimated 435 structures have been destroyed in the Woolsey Fire west of Los Angeles, where another 57,000 buildings are believed to be threatened. This fire, which is also only 30 percent contained, has burned more than 90,000 acres in … [Read more...] about California wildfires put almost 50,000 homes at “high or extreme risk”
Michelle Obama has a simple answer for why she believes Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election: "Because a lot of people came to the polls and a lot of people didn't." In a wide-ranging interview with "CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King, the former first lady categorically shut down the idea that voting doesn't matter. Michelle Obama: "Vindication in the moment is so short term" "Our democracy is clear. It's just sometimes people think my vote doesn't count, and that's just so wrong, you know? Voting matters and the people who go to the polls determine how the country is going to be lead," Obama said on Tuesday. "The notion that voting doesn't work, that it's fixed. It's not." In her new memoir, "Becoming," Mrs. Obama slams President Trump and describes her shock the night she learned he would replace her husband in the Oval Office, writing she tried to "block it all out." She also denounces Mr. Trump's "birther" campaign which sought to question her … [Read more...] about Michelle Obama: Trump won “because a lot of people came to the polls and a lot of people didn’t”
When Barack Obama made history as the nation's first African-American president, his mother-in-law admits she was worried about their safety. "I felt like this was going to be a very hard life for both of them," said Marian Shields Robinson, who moved with the first family to Washington when Mr. Obama took office. She and her daughter Michelle Obama sat down with "CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King to discuss life in the White House. The former first lady is out with her highly anticipated memoir, "Becoming," which follows her life from childhood in the South Side of Chicago to Washington. Michelle Obama: "Vindication in the moment is so short term" Michelle Obama: Trump won "because a lot of people came to the polls and a lot of people didn't" "[I] was worried about their safety," Shields Robinson said. "I was worried about my grandkids." That worry inspired her to move to Washington, D.C., where Obama said her mother became a beloved figure in the White House. But that … [Read more...] about Michelle Obama’s mother on life in the White House: “I was worried about my grandkids”
If you're like most Americans, you rely increasingly on your smartphone to check email, use social media, read news, arrange dates, play games and conduct a host of other mobile activities. A new survey by Deloitte finds that consumers check their phone an average of 52 times a day. More than a third of adults say they use their smartphones "very/fairly often" for business purposes outside normal working hours. And 59 percent use their personal smartphone during normal working hours "very/fairly often." "This year's survey confirms that while smartphones are becoming the nerve center of our homes, our businesses, our families and our lives — consumers are craving more speed and responsiveness as their usage patterns mature," Mic Locker, managing director in Deloitte Consulting's technology, media and telecommunications industry practice, said by email. Still, most people don't feel they spend too much time on their phones -- with one notable exception that … [Read more...] about Do you check your phone more than most Americans?