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Complexity and Transformation

March 22, 2017 0 Comments
Complexity and Transformation

(This is the final post in a four part series on how growing complexity is transforming our lives.) Continuous Transformation: The common lament these days is that the pace of change is on an exponential trajectory. We struggle to keep up. Knowledge (and of course data) is increasing by leaps and bounds every second. All facets of […]

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Complexity and Forecasting

March 8, 2017 0 Comments
Complexity and Forecasting

The Complexity Part: I find that neuroscience (trying to understand the brain / mind / body interdependence in sentient life) and quantum physics (specifically particle entanglement and uncertainty) are perhaps the most confusing, complex and barely comprehensible subjects I study. The more I read on those topics the more I realize that reality is in the eye […]

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Danger in the Comfort Zone

February 22, 2017 0 Comments
Danger in the Comfort Zone

Pushed Out of the Comfort Zone: Lately I’ve observed a lot of folks being dragged out of their comfort zones. Some are finding the huge change in our political environment to be unsettling. And some are perplexed over the many issues around perceived changes in our social values. A great deal of discomfort is due […]

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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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Poached Eggs, Customer Service and Sales

December 14, 2016 0 Comments
Poached Eggs, Customer Service and Sales

Here’s the story. I was fixing our breakfast when my wife asked why I wasn’t using the microwave egg poaching device she had recently purchased as a gift for me. Well, frankly, I had forgotten about it and had strong reservations about its efficacy. So I wasn’t all that interested in trying it out. Maybe I […]

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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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Rip-Off?

May 4, 2016 0 Comments
Rip-Off?

<rant> I’m doing my usual thing of reading an e-book. I am totally annoyed by Amazon SPAMing me with an ad to purchase the audio files to go with the book. Really? I totally get how convenient it is to have an audio version of books and newspapers, etc. I listen to podcasts and The […]

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Even IF You’re on the Right Track

April 27, 2016 0 Comments
Even IF You’re on the Right Track

Even if you’re on the right track, you have to be moving fast enough to stay ahead of the train of technology change or you will be run over! Being slow to adapt isn’t cutting it these days. And the juggernaut is getting faster all the time. I just received a “Call for Papers” from the […]

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