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Comment: Nowhere To Go (Score 1) 288

by pipingguy (#49518693) Attached to: Robot Workers' Real Draw: Reducing Dependence on Human Workers
When automation replaced (some) manual labor there was employee flight to so-called white collar jobs (of which many were, and still are of dubious value). Now that the previously exclusive domain of humans, "thinking" (even if limited) is being performed by machines, there's nowhere left to go for us sentient meatbags mostly made of water. Unless people 'create their own jobs', and not many have the ability to do that.

Comment: Re:Long View (Score 1) 482

by pipingguy (#49486679) Attached to: Seattle CEO Cuts $1 Million Salary To $70K, Raises Employee Salaries
"Compensation has been commensurate to your skills for hundreds of years. It may suck for the unskilled, but that's what works."

More and more skills, knowledge and ability is being built into software (e.g., multiple subject matter experts consult with developer for new software release which ends up quite good but inflexible). This reduces/eliminates the need for entry-level tasks, so it becomes more difficult to enter the field. Eventually an advanced degree will be required just to click buttons.

Comment: Re:Classic postmodern stupid (Score 1) 363

by pipingguy (#49471657) Attached to: Can Civilization Reboot Without Fossil Fuels?
...there's a crapton of accumulated skills and techniques - mostly forgotten to the bulk of civilization - involved in building things...

And there are very many "professionals" "working" today who would be completely lost without computers - task automation covers up a LOT of incompetence and encourages fraudulent claims of capabilities.

New York State Spent Millions On Program For Startups That Created 76 Jobs 238

Posted by samzenpus
from the bang-for-your-buck dept.
Nerval's Lobster writes Last year, the New York state government launched Start-Up NY, a program designed to boost employment by creating tax-free zones for technology and manufacturing firms that partner with academic institutions. Things didn't go quite as planned. In theory, those tax-free zones on university campuses would give companies access to the best young talent and cutting-edge research, but only a few firms are actually taking the bait: According to a report from the state's Department of Economic Development, the program only created 76 jobs last year, despite spending millions of dollars on advertising and other costs. If that wasn't eyebrow-raising enough, the companies involved in the program have only invested a collective $1.7 million so far. The low numbers didn't stop some state officials from defending the initiative. "Given the program was only up and running for basically one quarter of a year," Andrew Kennedy, a senior economic development aide to Governor Cuomo, told Capital New York, "I think 80 jobs is a good number that we can stand behind."

Comment: Gibberish (Score 2) 291

In these days of ever-increasing volumes of information being thrown about it's important to be clear and unambiguous in the first few sentences of writing. I, for one, don't have the time to not not figure out the negative-reverse implications of failing to undisclose previously inversely unhidden assertions. Not.

System going down at 1:45 this afternoon for disk crashing.