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At the Top of the Skills Ladder

Dave Kinnear 2-Jobs & Tech

Skills I found some interesting information from the US Census Bureau. It seems that, according to their 2015 data, about 88% of adults have at least a high school diploma. For the purposes of this report, the adult population comprises those 25 years old and older. “We have already eliminated all jobs several times in human history,” said Kurzweil, pointing …

Career Versus Job

Career or Job?

Dave Kinnear 2-Jobs & Tech

Millennials Not long ago, I was reading one of the many, many articles about Millennials. It was stated that Millennials will change their careers at least four times during their work lives. That seemed pretty significant to me. Until I thought about my own career path. While my corporate career was always in semiconductor businesses, I reinvented myself many times …

Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari

Book Review: Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari

Dave Kinnear 2-Jobs & Tech, Book Reviews

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 in Harari’s book Sapiens: A brief …

Corning Ribbon Machine

Manufacturing in the U.S.

Dave Kinnear 2-Jobs & Tech

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 (once again) the issues around automation …

Manufacturing Employment in U.S.

I Helped Cause the U.S. Job Loss Problem

Dave Kinnear 2-Jobs & Tech

And I’m not feeling at all guilty about it. Semiconductors: 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 fact, technology-aided and abetted …

Robot works at keyboard.

But Not MY Job

Dave Kinnear 2-Jobs & Tech

Denial: So, I find this interesting. 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 Artificial Intelligence (AI) within the next 50 years. However, MY job will be around. At least, according to the survey, that’s how people are thinking these days. …

The Thinker

A Conundrum

Dave Kinnear 2-Jobs & Tech

Be Careful What You Ask For: This post 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 campaign has gained a bit of momentum. It has the support of both Presidential candidates—to one degree or another. We define a …

Hiring Decisions

Hire When You Find Them

Dave Kinnear 2-Jobs & Tech

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

Contingent Workers


Dave Kinnear 2-Jobs & Tech

Background 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 what we traditionally consider …