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. 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 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 and has the support of both Presidential candidates—to one degree or another. Conundrum: a confusing and …

Contingent Workers


Dave Kinnear 2-Jobs & Tech

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 secure …

Winter in MA

Remembering Winter – Fondly!

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

We grew up in the Northeastern part of the United States of America: Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York (up-state, Syracuse area). Our daughter is living in the Boston, MA area and sent this beautiful picture (today, 2/5/2016) of the sunset after a fine winter snow storm. And it caused a flood of memories that of course, merged with what I was working …

The Second Machine Age

Book Review: The Second Machine Age by Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee

Dave Kinnear 2-Jobs & Tech, Book Reviews

I found this book to be fascinating since I’ve spent my professional life in and around technology companies. Even today while most of the business leaders I work with are not directly in the technology business, all are using and are affected by technology. So I’m still into technology up to my neck. The Second Machine age discusses the trends …


Education – where are we headed?

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership

I was listening to a podcast discussing higher education around the world. The statistic I heard quoted from the experts on this topic was that 60% of the 26,000 PhD’s awarded to students in a given year from US Institutions are foreign nationals. And these days, foreign students do not necessarily stay here in the US to work. With the …