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All my laptops act as dumb terminals to my real work in the cloud. You can thank me later when her laptop goes belly up.
Factor in IT departments answer to the CFO and have to constantly shrink the cost center budgets, then there you go. Someone at a certain level thought spending $78K per month in addition to their budget wasn't worth it.
But on the flip side, I've seen far to many wealthy avoid punishment because of their affluence.
If a watch represents wealth and status, then an iWatch will not compete against antique mechanical whirling contraption where each piece is hand made. Nothing to fear.
If a watch represents functional utility, then the Swiss manufacturers have missed the boat and will be caught swimming in the open waters to catch up. Pure panic.
So can I expect a Swiss watch company to buy out Pebble and reface the entire company and design?
If you find yourself replaced by a non-AI software solution then a few things need to happen. 1) Realize your skillset was just marginalized to a few lines of code. 2) Get a better education whereby it's to complex to replace you with software.
If you find yourself replaced by an AI software solution then a few things need to happen. 1) Realize that life is about to get really simple for you. 2) Quickly gain outdoor survival skills. 3) Prepare for your new AI Overlords.
You would think that laid off employees would get another job in the IT industry and thus be biased against the services of a former employer. Human psychology might suggest it's hard to pick a vendor that cut off your income supply at one point. IBM isn't so much laying off a workforce, they are seeding the landscape of future potential hostile clients.
Being technology and vendor agnostic, I am not biased one way or the other and this opinion is generic in nature. I just thought about when reading this article.