Tuesday, February 23, 2016

"The robots are coming for jobs that pay $20 an hour or less"

The opposite of a fact is falsehood,
but the opposite of one profound truth may very well be another profound truth.

Niels Bohr

"...There’s an 83% chance that automation will take a job with an hourly wage below $20, a 31% chance automation will take a job with an hourly wage between $20 and $40, and just a 4% chance automation will take a job with an hourly wage above $40.

...Traditionally, innovation leads to higher income, more consumption and more jobs...

Utter economic nonsense theory

One study found that higher levels of robot density within an industry lead to higher wages in that industry, the White House notes.

For fewer people

...that could be because the absence of lower-skills biases wage estimates upwards.

For fewer people

The White House says the findings demonstrate the need for training and education to help displaced workers find new jobs.


Do fewer Gazelles = fewer Cheetahs?

If Gazelles need water and grass
and Cheetahs need water and Gazelles
and an abundance of sustenance leads to more Gazelles
should more Gazelles and water lead to more Cheetahs?

If too many Gazelles relative to water and grass lead to fewer Gazelles
do fewer Gazelles = fewer Cheetahs?

If water was money and grass was credit and Cheetahs and Gazelles were people
who would be who?

If need is sustenance and a temperate climate
should you not do what you don’t want done to you
unless you need to?

Population, when unchecked,
increases in a geometrical ratio.

Subsistence only increases in an arithmetical ratio.

Thomas Robert Malthus
Suggested populations could increase faster than food supplies

Is attachment suffering?

Nothing in the entire universe ever perishes…but things vary, and adopt a new form.

Though this thing may pass into that, and that into this,
yet the sums of things remains unchanged.

Ovid (43 BC - 17 AD), Metamorphoses

If life on Earth were one day...,
land based plants showed up around 10 P.M., or about 450 million years ago, or at about 90.1% of Earths’ age,
asteroids big enough to cause large losses of life has hit about every 3 minutes,
or about once every 9.48 million years, insects showed up around 10:30 PM, Dinosaurs - 11 PM,
'Humans' since somewhere between 200,000 to 2,500,000 years, about .04% of the age of the planet, 
about 20 seconds before midnight
while ‘Modern’ humans go back about 10,000 years, or about 0.0001% of Earth’s age,
...and what started everything showed up, would he/she/it be very happy with what we’ve done with the place?

Once off the cliff, there is still hope if you keep running.

By running ever faster you may not fall.

Wyle E. Coyote

If about 50 million years after Earth formed about 4.55 billion years ago
an asteroid about the size of Mars crashed into Earth
leaving the moon, which is about a quarter the size of Earth,
led to different kinds of  non 'air' breathing life about 3.9 billion years ago
until something started excreting oxgen, like our current vegetation,
which killed off whatever couldn’t adapt,
and about 99% of the thirty billion or so different kinds of everything that has ever lived on Earth 
doesn't exist anymore and left no descendants,
what are the chances of modern humans lasting how long?

Who are we?

We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star
lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe
in which there are far more galaxies than people.

Carl Sagan

Create a higher likelihood of a better present by securing need and achieving want
in the shortest time with the least risk for as long as possible,
by thinking of what and when relative to what was
and what may happen after what could happen next.

Do the right thing when no one’s looking,
leave others better off for having known you and the world a better place than you found it.

The end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started
and know the place for the first time.

T. S. Eliot

Forget what you give, value what you get,
return what you borrow, replace what you break and forgive quickly.

Hope everything happens the way it does
and leave unanswered questions.

Have as much fun as soon as possible

with the least amount of risk for as long as you can.