Yep, last post for this blog about technology. The slide show is the sum of all the fun I’ve had with my e-mail distribution.
The past months, I’ve spent a lot of time gazing into the technological crystal ball. I see that Ray Kurzweil is mostly right, the only question is his timing. Moore’s Law is still valid and it is the enabler of change. Bio-Tech, Nano Tech and Info Tech will dramatically change our view of our world and ourselves. The next 5 years will see more change than the last 50 to 100 years. Then it will accelerate.
The issue I have not heard discussed and I think will be the problem is this: Compounding increases in productivity drive decreasing labor requirements. I think and believe that is why unemployment remains historically high. Things are getting done with fewer and fewer people. The nature of human beings is static while technology is developing exponentially. What is our social and economic role when we’re not needed to produce the goods and services we need? While we are freed to be entirely human, the current economic models and perceptions of self worth simply don’t work. I think this is and will be our central social and economic problem beginning, about now. Or I could be really wrong. We’ll see. My children will see for sure.
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1% labor content. Probably not why these jobs are in China. Perhaps other reasons.
” iSuppli estimates that a 4G iPhone costs $6.54 to make in China, or just around 1.1 percent of its retail price, while Apple’s profits margins hover above 60 percent. “
“Since the suicides, Hon Hai pledged to improve the livelihood of its 937,000 or so workers.”
iPhone Maker Faces New Criticism Over China Labor Practices – ABC News.
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“What if you could build your organization from scratch. No legacy systems. No sacred cows. What would the IT group look like?” Technology consultant warns: today’s new companies don’t really need IT.
“… two approaches to handling IT. The first is to outsource everything to service providers, presumably including cloud services. The other approach is to let employees bring their own computers or devices to the workplace — a self-managed approach to IT.”
Is IT losing its relevance? | ZDNet.
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“Officials in Marin County, California, decided on Tuesday to replace the county’s ailing SAP ERP (enterprise resource planning) system, an option that would cost less than trying to fix widespread problems with the software, according to officials”
County Will Rip and Replace Ailing SAP System.
Replace with what? Maybe this! – Yankee Group: Infrastructure as a Service now a bona fide cloud strategy | ZDNet.
And 50 new jobs! – Microsoft to Open $499M Data center in Southern Virginia | WHIR Web Hosting Industry News”.
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