Antigonish 2.0 [...]

I want to do this, too....

 

Minimizing Hyperconsumerism [...]

> But the fact that there are more power drills per capita than necessary is hardly the essence of the hyperconsumption we need to minimize. Thanks to sophisticated marketing campaigns and cradle-to-grave advertising, the consumer culture constantly manufactures new needs; it molds personal identities around brand names and makes convenience an obsession. Shoppers tod...

 

Cooperatives over Capitalism [...]

My Favorite reasons to favor Cooperatives over Capitalism > Fourth, open cooperatives would make use of open designs to produce sustainable goods and services. For-profit enterprises often aim to achieve planned obsolescence in products that would wear out prematurely. In that way, they maintain tension between supply and demand and maximize their profits; obsolescenc...

 

AI is just Technology by another name [...]

Good point that jobs have been replaced by computers for decades. > That makes it especially hard to tell where computers end and artificial intelligence begins. After all, accounting used to be done by hand: > > > > Within a decade this picture was obsolete, replaced by an IBM mainframe. A computer was doing what a human could do, albeit within narrow bounds. Was ...

 

Millenials Gaming Instead of Working [...]

A different take on the Future of Work people don't want to work because gaming gives them everything they need (except food and shelter). > One can just about spot the vision of a distant, near-workless future in the habits of young gamers. {{FutureWork}}...

 

Jarche on work for humans in the future [...]

> In Only Humans Need Apply, the authors identify five ways that people can adapt to automation and intelligent machines. They call it ‘stepping’. I have added in parentheses the main attributes I think are needed for each option. > > Step-up: directing the machine-augmented world (creativity) > Step-in: using machines to augment work (deep thinking) > Step-aside...

 

Good analysis on Future of Work from Crooked Timber [...]

> Technological change has been rendering old skills obsolete ever since the invention of the spinning jenny in the eighteenth century, and will doubtless continue to do so. The real problems we face today are not technological but social and economic. Like it or not, a radical reorganisation of work is under way. The question is whether we can shape it to benefit the...

 

10 jobs that will be automated soon [...]

10 jobs that will be outsourced to robots https://www.fastcompany.com/3067279/robot-revolution/you-didnt-see-this-coming-10-jobs-that-will-be-replaced-by-robots...

 

Why I decided to go with the Refurb [...]

I've been looking forward to the new model MacBook Pro for close to two years. I made my last laptop purchase in 2011 and while that machine has served me well, it's time to hand it down in the family and purchase a new one for my business. But my expected decision has changed since the keynote last week (October 2016). I'm going to be conservative and purchase a refu...

 

Constructive Rebellion [...]

Rands in Repose shared the link to this excellent article about how conformity at the workplace has hurt us, and ways of encouraging constructive nonconformity. > My research also shows that going against the crowd gives us confidence in our actions, which makes us feel unique and engaged and translates to higher performance and greater creativity. In one field study,...