Category Archives: future

EU emission laws will impact US as well. In a good way.

For example… BMW sees the future vis-a-vis tough emmisions regulations in the EU and is moving more and more towards electric and plug-in hybrids. This will clearly impact the cars they offer in other parts of the world, and will also influence other automakers.
http://m.nasdaq.com/article/bmw-all-models-electric-within-decade-20150629-00597
(By way of Paul Graham https://twitter.com/paulg)

I realize that the cars will only be as “green” as the electricity they use, but here is a US map that analyzes how green the electricity grid is when used for an all-electric car:

“… Below is a map of the updated regional estimates for global warming emissions for the 26 electricity grid regions across the US. Compared to our previous analysis, nearly every region of the country has improved emissions for EVs. ”

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Patty McCord at Netflix — The Queen of the good good-byes and the future of work

This is an amazing story about the culture of Netflix and it’s clearly the future of (creative) work for better or worse. No set hours, unlimited time-off, etc. But “ruthless” (or simply more “real”/”honest”) in hiring/firing. Depends on your perspective! “A for effort” doesn’t count.
http://podcatch.com/pages/2233.html (19 minute podcast from NPR’s Planet Money)

NETFLIX: “We’re a _team_, not a family” (Slide 23 of 124)

This reminds me of Byron Katie in “Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life” (BTW, I really recommend the audio cds.. really great!) where in Chapter 6 (pages 84-85) she talks about a boss firing an assistant because she wasn’t doing a good job even though they had been working together for many many years.

“People usually fire themselves when they realize what’s going on.”

IOW, it’s best to be clear and truthful about what is happening with the company — a person’s performance or the lack of a need for them (because of a change in technology or because the company has pivoted in some way)

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facts?

“We all know that robots are making it impossible for people without a college degree to get jobs. That’s a basic fact about the economy known to all right-thinking people. And, just like most of the other “facts” about the economy known by right-thinking people, it happens not to be true.”

Data Refuses to Cooperate with Mainstream Education Story
Dean Baker
Sunday, 08 March 2015 07:52
http://www.cepr.net/index.php/blogs/beat-the-press/data-refuses-to-cooperate-with-mainstream-education-story

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Knowledge-based work not safe from computers and globalization

Yet another article about this topic:

Automation hits the professions. Most remain delusionally confident, so far.
http://fabiusmaximus.com/2015/03/03/industrial-revolution-automation-professions-pilots-79845/

Already happening: pilots, doctors (anesthesiologists, radiologists, ophthalmologists), lawyers, editors, musicians,

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The next internet is TV

Sounds mostly right…. http://www.theawl.com/2015/02/the-next-internet-is-tv

See also: http://www.marco.org/2015/02/16/google-and-blogs-shit

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Links

“Myra Blackmon, who writes for the Athens (Georgia) Banner, poses a question. What if Warren Buffett, one of the richest men in the world, came up with an idea for a drug? Would we skip clinical trials and the FDA? Would we just dispense because he said so? That’s what Bill Gates is doing to our children, she writes, and we shouldn’t stand for it.”
http://dianeravitch.net/2014/11/30/myra-blackmon-our-children-are-not-bill-gates-guinea-pigs/

In this next article, Jaron Lanier is saying (I think) that if there were micropayments and microattributions (ala Ted Nelson) then middle-class white-collar “factory” workers would get paid better and we wouldn’t have a 99%/1% situation. Not sure I am buying that because I don’t think a huge percentage of people would be *content creators* in a bell-curve sort of way. It probably does make sense at some level that it is closer to a zipf distribution, not bell-curve, like his idea of what it might be on social networks. And his language-translation example seems cherry picked. Maybe I’m wrong. I’d need to see some stats, not anecdotes.

Even if it worked $-wise, millions/billions of people getting paid by faceless millions of micropayments is not going to be satisfying in a purpose-of-life/happiness standpoint. Local sounds much much better.

http://techonomy.com/2014/11/jaron-lanier-says-transparency-path-sustainable-high-tech-economy/

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The fear of freedom

Seth Godin writes:

What will you do next?

What can you learn tomorrow?

Where will you live, who will you connect with, who will you trust?

Are questions better than answers? Maybe it’s easier to get a dummies book, a tweet or a checklist than it is to think hard about what’s next…

It’s certainly easier to go shopping. And easier still to buy what everyone else is buying.

We live in an extraordinary moment, with countless degrees of freedom. The instant and effortless connection to a billion people changes everything, but instead, we’re paralyzed with fear, a fear so widespread that you might not even notice it.

We have more choices, more options and more resources than any generation, ever.

LINK: http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2014/11/the-fear-of-freedom.html

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