Bezos is getting older.
Bezos is getting older.
>> they're not going to magically free us from the materials, goods, and services we need that are produced and provided by others.
> Nor will any sort of automation, so we'll all have jobs, yes?
No. Automation is going to free those with capital from the old requirement of paying for labor. But it's not going to free recently laid-off workers from their requirements of food, clothing and shelter.
Yes, I was around for the laser printer. Its neat. But its not a means of producing anything essential for most people. Sure, you can print a movie ticket or boarding pass - if you pay for toner, paper and electricity. Ditto with robots, 3D printers, self-driving cars -- everyone will have one. Its not going to be something people pay you for.
As I pointed out, there's now a dangerous lack of diversity in personal capital sources. Unless you have fruit picking robots and an orchard, or manufacturing robots and a mini-factory, just possessing robots (or drones, or any commoditized tech) is going to be like owning a telephone - you'll need it (sort of); but you won't earn an income from it.
To save, you need an income. Income requires capital. No capital, no income.
Earlier, people typically had several reliable forms of capital -- land (or access to the sea), cattle, personal labor. With free inputs (sun, wildlife, rain); self-repairing/replicating machines (animals, seeds); additional sources of labor (family), this generated both income and additional capital.
Then came specialization -- cobbler, weaver, potter, bard. They still had capital (workshops, tools, training) and personal labour. In addition, most had some land.
Now we have pure-play 'jobs' -- barbers, baristas, researchers, coders -- where other forms of capital have disappeared, only personal labor remains. Forget capital, even the potential of creating capital is disappearing (eg, coder jobs with IP assignment clauses).
When personal labor is also comprehensively devalued by automation, what remains? How many robotech/coder jobs can a planet sustain?
I think we must diversify our personal sources of capital! Not jobs or money. Capital. Whether a part-share on a farm, a personal craft sold on Etsy, apps, songs, a backyard cabbage patch
You may support or oppose Trump, but learn this from him!
They can only do so because Google and Apple are siding with app developers to the detriment of their real customers. Don't know why (perhaps app-revenue/payment intermediation)
Ideally, an app should only get what personal / calendar / address-book / call
That'll be the next wave of change.
Actually, I don't know. Could be a new car thing...
> Just pull back the vapor recovery collar
Bad idea - the collar is there for your health as much as the gas company's. Suggest you use another gas station instead.
Two words: Baby monitor
Ban baby monitors!
No, but Apple does (so do others); they could easily bake this functionality into their devices.
But ignore this for a moment, shall we? The plain fact of the matter is most phones are just not that interesting. A factory reset is enough for the vast majority of users.
"We were able to determine the relative amounts of chicken via plant filler in these samples through PCR amplification"
Yes, that's more likely, perhaps with one or two modifications:
(a) a robotic picking system (loads package on drone automatically)
(b) land-based drones not aerial
(c) multiple drones per base truck
I am deeply skeptical about aerial drones because (a) apartments, (b) residences have boundaries. They may be visible (like fences and gates), but they exist for a purpose. Would anyone like a cargo drone with six propellers whirring close to their children's heads? Perhaps children who are playing with their own drone in the backyard? Further, Amazon is sure to be followed by other shopping sites and third party logistics providers - all with their own drones crossing residential boundaries willy-nilly.
So maybe I don't want drones in my backyard. How does Amazon know a drone is permitted to deliver to an address? One way is to match the billing address to the shipping address. But that means gifts are excluded and must be delivered manually.
Drones executing rural deliveries, launched from some sort of 'base truck' a human drives to a central location to launch and monitor multiple drones. That's pretty much the only use case for drone delivery.
Of course, a fully functional delivery system is symmetrical -- you can send stuff _back_ using the same channel. The base truck should also accept the farmer's *own* drone returning a non-functional item to Amazon.
That particular statement has somehow been working out true for most of us in the last 50 years. Lets see.
Adding features does not necessarily increase functionality -- it just makes the manuals thicker.