A coooolllldddd GOOD MORNING to you all! Holy cats! this mornings walk was cold…BRRRRRRR!
Today’s bit o trivia: Gas Rationing. Back in 1942, we (the US) was engaged in what we call WW-deuce (WW2). Well, the military needed rubber in a big way. Why? Because Japan had done a good job of cutting off rubber manufacturing goods from the Pacific regions. So, to make rubber more available, the government under FDR decided to make driving a pain and decrease the availability of fuel for people to drive. Less driving; less tire ware. Less tire ware; less need for tires… which require lots of rubber. And, in further proof that political parties DO NOT CARE ABOUT YOU, FDR had to do this by executive order because Congress was more afraid of voter retaliation than making sure our troops had what they needed to get the job done, so they refused to make it a law.
Tech Talk Tuesday Ed-vise today
THE ROBOTS ARE COMING! THE ROBOTS ARE COMING! THE ROBOTS ARE COMING!
Actually, they’re already here. Along with their buddy AI.
If you pay attention to things like I do, you realize that manufacturing is coming back to good old ‘Merica. Manufacturing left because the price of labor was too high for companies to satisfy their shareholders. So, they outsourced manufacturing to cheap labor markets.
Well, with everything going on in technology, companies have cheapened labor costs by creating a robot that will always show up for work, rarely take a break, never organize (hopefully), and you only have to pay it in electricity. Where a company that has a 24 hour operation (like Amazon) needed three people to move products, now, with a robot, they only need one to provide maintenance… for now.
It’s not all doom and gloom because there are things you can do before a robot takes your job. Take a read (yup, read) of Cal Newport’s book Deep Work. Take some time to figure out the value you provide. It might be something as simple as being able to focus on your efforts for an extended period of time. Now is the time. You don’t need a huge amount of education, just an ability to read. I’m just saying
That’s it for today. Take care of yourselves. Check in on each other and remember Jeremiah was not only a bullfrog but also wrote a best selling book which you can read for free in The Bible! Probably won’t be a movie