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Book Review: Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari

May 3, 2017 0 Comments
Book Review: Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari

Harari hits another home run. I love the subtitle of this book, A Brief History of Tomorrow. And Harari builds a solid case for his views of how the world of technology might blend with or destroy Homo Sapiens. His book is broken into three parts and takes us through human history (much more detail […]

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Manufacturing in the U.S.

February 8, 2017 0 Comments
Manufacturing in the U.S.

Over the holidays a couple of years ago, I was able to tour the Henry Ford museum. It was fascinating to see all that engineering talent embodied in the decades old machinery on display. I was reminded of this as I browsed through some images on my PC. Can’t Go Back Last week’s post discussed […]

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I Helped Cause the U.S. Job Loss Problem

February 1, 2017 5 Comments
I Helped Cause the U.S. Job Loss Problem

And I’m not feeling at all guilty about it. For more than 3 decades, I spent my professional career in the semiconductor business. I worked for large, state-of-the-art semiconductor manufacturers. Arguably, semiconductor product development, specifically Integrated Circuits (IC), is what has driven the technology advances that have enabled job loss in the manufacturing sector. In […]

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But Not My Job

September 7, 2016 0 Comments
But Not My Job

So here’s an interesting thing. It seems, according to a Pew Research Center Survey on Public Predictions for the Future of Workforce Automation, that YOUR job is going to be replaced by AI (Artificial Intelligence) within the next 50 years. However, MY job will be around. At least, according to the survey, that’s how people are […]

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A Conundrum

August 17, 2016 0 Comments
A Conundrum

Conundrum: a confusing and difficult problem or question. Be Careful What You Ask For This falls into the “be careful what you ask for” column. This morning I was listening to a podcast about the economics of the movement for a $15/Hr. minimum wage. The movement has gained a bit of momentum and has the […]

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Hire When You Find Them

July 13, 2016 0 Comments
Hire When You Find Them

Much has been said recently about the dichotomy in our U.S. workforce. We seem to have a significant level of unemployed and “under employed” people, but a shortage of the folks we want/need. Ever since the great recession, folks have been worried about who to hire and when. In my view, this question has always […]

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Contingent

June 1, 2016 0 Comments
Contingent

Contingent: 1.) subject to chance. 2.) occurring or existing only if certain other circumstances are the case; dependent on. “Tucked away in the pages of a new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office is a startling statistic: 40.4% of the U.S. workforce is now made up of contingent workers—that is, people who don’t have […]

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There Are Only 10 Kinds of People

April 6, 2016 0 Comments
There Are Only 10 Kinds of People

It has been said that “There are only 10 kinds of people in the world, those who understand binary and those who do not.” For the non mathematically inclined reading this blog, an explanation may be helpful. This joke mocks phrases that begin with “there are two types of people in the world…” and relies on […]

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Paul Tudor Jones II: Why we Need to Rethink Capitalism

April 23, 2015 0 Comments
Paul Tudor Jones II: Why we Need to Rethink Capitalism

In his TED Talk Paul Tudor Jones II said: “… we as a society have come to view our companies and corporations in a very narrow, almost monomaniacal fashion with regard to how we value them, and we have put so much emphasis on profits, on short-term quarterly earnings and share prices, at the exclusion […]

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Book Review: The Internet Is Not The Answer by Andrew Keen

April 15, 2015 0 Comments
Book Review: The Internet Is Not The Answer by Andrew Keen

Andrew Keen is not keen on the internet and where it’s taking us. Keen has taken on the conventional wisdom that the internet is a democratizing force lending power to the little guy and disrupting the old school “bad guys.” A strongly opinionated polemic–the passion of the converted believer is palpable in his writing. I […]

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