The Future Of Work – Redux

Why Aren’t People Truthful?


The ‘Next Big Future’ writes “The future of work is you with a computer, not you replaced by a computer.”

Really?

While I appreciate this kind of argument, I do feel that we continue to not be honest with what is going on. If someone’s job can be 50% automated – then they are only needed half time. And … if I was a corporation, where the raison d’être is to maximise shareholder value, I would also know that people costs are the highest costs I have.

So, if I can automate 50% of someone’s role – I have a choice

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A Different Kind Of Company …

.. Or A Peek Into The Future?


Interesting read … and I for one doff my cap to anyone that can achieve this. Massive kudos. In the reading, I happened to note three things …

1) Valuation : Over $1 Billion

2) Revenue : $80 Million

3) Total Staff Count : 700

Which means that revenue per staff member is roughly $115K per person Here’s an interesting chart …

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Work-Life Balance

It’s The Wrong Way To Look At It

I read this in the UK’s Independent newspaper yesterday.

The 44 year-old tech billionaire, actively involved in the mission to get to Mars and potentially live there, is said to be working an impressive 85 to 100 hours per week to achieve its goals.

It’s a good article – and indeed I am a big fan of Mr. Musk (though I do not always understand why he does certain things – like starting his own streaming music service built right into every Tesla.) That said, who am I to judge, I am sure he has his reasons (Variety certainly thinks so.)

But take a read of that quote …. why is it ‘impressive’ that Mr. Musk works 85 to 100 hours per week?

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Manufacturing Jobs Are Never Coming Back


Been saying this for years – and I get particularly pissed off by those people on their huxter soapboxes the Presidential campaign trail that say any different. We need to think and work differently now.

Here’s the problem: Whether or not those manufacturing jobs could have been saved, they aren’t coming back, at least not most of them. How do we know? Because in recent years, factories have been coming back, but the jobs haven’t.

[ Source : Five Thirty Eight ]