Off Topic: Still Trying to Understand Why They Supported Him

Swirling Into The Heart of Darkness
Last week I said I would try to do a post on this book The Second Machine Age and its prescriptions for what to do during this robot era, but I still need to finish taking notes and arranging my thoughts. But more importantly, even though I don't talk about such things, I need to process the stunning events of the past week: namely, the implication of our president's failure to forcefull...
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As I’ve Said Before, Robots Are Coming

Robots Are Coming (to Rural Wisconsin)
On Sunday, I wrote that there were signs that jobs were coming back to the U.S. or that new ones utilizing your passions and Uber were being created. But...robots are also coming. One factory in Wisconsin is finding that it must bring in robots because it couldn't find the skilled talent to replace the looming retirement of the baby boomers. A lot of the youngsters are just too wracked b...
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Good News on the Job Front: Reshoring Jobs and a New Concept

Good News on the Jobs Front
I'm in the process of taking notes on the book The Second Machine Age by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee before reading their latest book that provides prescriptions on what kind of skills you need for the machine age. The Second Machine Age book has a lot of great materials and a chapter on what we need to do in this new era. But I'm still in the process of taking notes and thinking...
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Listening to My Customers

Listen and Collaborate
We're on our third year with our automated operational reporting, which has been rolled out to both sides of the house. It kind of gives me a secret thrill to think that once a week, everyone comes in to work in the morning, opens up the file and lets the program do its magic. And if they have done what they needed to do during the past week, the report is done in about five minutes. Now...
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New Idea: A self-correcting Excel file

Exploring a New Idea
I did something I have never seen done before: I created a self-correcting spreadsheet. In the last few weeks I've been working on generating a solution to pull together and print out state government regulations, covering certain topics such as minimum wage, meal and rest breaks, overtime, etc. My company probably pays to receive this data from another company and the data comes in down...
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Critical Thinking in the Age of Celebrities

Critical Thinking in the Age of Celebrities
About two or three years ago, I read a shocking article that about 1/4 of the American populace believed the sun revolves around the Earth. I wondered who were answering the question: uneducated immigrants...or young kids...or...? How was the question posed? The who stood out in my mind. Now, about a week ago, I read another article that said kids believed Kyrie Irving over their own tea...
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