A friend just returned from vacation and described her stay in Europe at a new hotel. CitizenM. She’s a lady of some refinement and not easily impressed so I did a little research on the company. Their business model is to streamline and automate as many hotel processes as possible and radically reduce the number of … Continue reading Dr. Bombay
It’s that time of year again so we sat down with our tax attorney to file our papers with the authorities. We’ve used the same guy for years now, but this year it was slightly different. Instead of going to a physical office we Skyped over the laptop in the kitchen. After a number of … Continue reading Automation, Metadata, Surveillance: Putting All the Pieces Together
I was at a friend’s house when she got a delivery of groceries. The boxes arrived at her door from one of the many new services that allow customers to shop online. Fresh fruit, veggies, meat, wine, eggs, cheese, milk, Christmas wreathes, and fresh cut flowers. She just pushed a few buttons and voila! I … Continue reading The New Retail: Gird Your Loins
I was on the road a while back and needed to stop to use the facilities. A chain restaurant on the side of the highway seemed like a reasonable spot. As I headed to the men’s room I noticed iPads on all the tables. These are the new electronic menus. They don’t replace wait staff, … Continue reading Guaranteed Minimum What?
Sabotage has its root in the French word sabot, which is a kind of wooden shoe. In the early days of the Industrial Revolution craftsmen would throw their shoes into the gears of factory machines. Skilled labor was being replaced with mechanical production, undermining traditional professions, reducing incomes, and removing the social standing of workers. … Continue reading Automation, Artificial Intelligence, and Projectile Wooden Shoes
The overwhelming perception of poverty in America is one of inner city black and brown people living off public assistance. This deeply rooted narrative doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with the life experiences of the majority of the individuals in question. https://www.brookings.edu/ In recent decades poverty has migrated to suburbia. That shouldn’t be surprising … Continue reading Suburban Poverty