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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Piercing the Clouded Veil of Thinking Caused by the Status Quo

 

“A relentless barrage of “why’s” is the best way to prepare your mind to pierce the clouded veil of thinking caused by the status quo.”– Shigeo Shingo

Shigeo Shingo was a Toyota engineer and the progenitor/guru of “Lean,” or “Sigma Six” business improvement methodology. When my spouse was in the military, Total Quality Management™ was a thing. W. Edward Deming’s TQM had allegedly made Japan an auto tech powerhouse, was doing the same for the Ford Motor Company, and had now come to a USAF base near you! (Though her boss still had a Two-Minute Manager book in her office. So last decade.)

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My career has been in “Embedded Software”. That means that I wrote software (and sometimes designed the hardware) for physical products. Eventually, if a company is to be successful, these products need to be introduced to the market (that part is the product launch) and then sold for a profit. One company I worked for […]

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I recently read an intriguing book concerned with the exponential advances in technology and the impact thereof on human society. The author believes that the displacement of human labor by technology is in its very early stages, and sees little limit to the process. He is concerned with how this will affect–indeed, has already affected–the […]

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I have just discovered a writer named Sean Dietrich. According to his website, he “is a columnist, novelist, and radio show host, known for his commentary on life in the American South.” I had never heard of him, but he is great – humorous, touching, smart. And he somehow manages to write a column – every […]

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Oren Cass joins City Journal editor Brian Anderson to discuss his new book, The Once and Future Worker: A Vision for the Renewal of Work in America. The American worker is in crisis. Wages have stagnated for more than a generation, and reliance on welfare programs has surged. Life expectancy is falling as substance abuse and obesity rates climb. Work and its future […]

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I can’t write this anywhere publicly, although I want to, so I’ll waste it on a private thread on Ricochet. I’m self-employed, running a business that just passed its 15th anniversary last year. I provide direct services to small, medium and big business who need development, management and support for their websites. In some cases, […]

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I co-own a small website services firm. Yesterday I got a cold call from a company named Government Marketplace, which helps small businesses get added to the GSA database for vendors to the government. For a relatively small fee, they handle the paperwork and process, with the promise of regular government contracts that, theoretically, would […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Stress

 

I have been under an increasing amount of stress and pressure at work for the past six months. I’ve never dealt with stress very well and this time has been no different. It’s not helped by the wonky blood sugar issues I’ve been experiencing or the latest round of flu that I feel coming on thanks to co-workers who couldn’t be bothered to stay away from the office when sick.

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(January 12, 2031) Joseph Damier came home to his high-rise San Francisco condo after a long day at Cestoda, a small but growing urban planning research firm specializing in the rather mundane business of working with various government agencies in the United States and internationally to reconfigure cities to be more diverse and socially just. […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Yes, AI Can Create More Jobs Than It Destroys

 
Sophia, a robot integrating the latest technologies and artificial intelligence developed by Hanson Robotics.

The Luddites and technophobes have a point. Machines do displace workers. Always have. From the cotton gin, machine tools, and punch cards to combine harvesters, industrial robots, and business software. And it is this “displacement effect” that leads to scary forecasts about AI and robots leading to mass technological unemployment and underemployment.

But MIT’s Daron Acemoglu and Boston University’s Pascual Restrepo argue in a rich new paper, “Artificial Intelligence, Automation and Work,” that there is far more to the story. For starters, automation may allow tasks to be performed more cheaply, increasing demand for them. The introduction of ATMs was followed by more jobs for tellers because it reduced the costs of banking, and banks opened more branches. Or the productivity effect could be broader: Agricultural mechanization lowered food prices and created more demand for non-agricultural goods and the workers producing them.

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For most of us today is a day off of work – a time to spend with family and friends in celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. However, there are some among us for whom Christmas is just another day at work. The purpose of this post is take a moment to thank those […]

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A few weeks ago, my boss asked if I would like to contribute to a school blog that would help with marketing efforts for our small school. Write stuff and have it count for work hours? He may as well have asked if I wanted to go for walks and get paid, or make comments […]

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To begin with, no one can advise anyone, with utter certitude, when to quit a job. What I propose, instead, is a look at some cautionary signs, which, if familiar, may initiate an internal conversation regarding your current career state. Individually, they may not cause much of a flutter for you; collectively, you may have […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Heritage Without the Manure?

 

My nephew’s family just returned from a multi-week (amazing) trip to Europe. They (mom and four children 13-6 — dad joined them for the final week) hiked and toured in many countries. I was exhausted watching them via Instagram. As “payment” for parking their car in our side yard, instead of the airport, they brought us some Belgium chocolate, and an adorable little carved wooden Brown Swiss cow. It is about four inches long.

See, my nephew knew (correctly) that I would be absolutely delighted by this tiny gesture because he knows his aunts well. No matter what else we do in our lives, our identity will always be defined by our dairy farm upbringing.

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There is joy in work. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something. Henry Ford More

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Edward L. Glaeser joins Brian Anderson to discuss the great American domestic crisis of the twenty-first century: persistent joblessness, particularly among “prime-age” men. This 10 Blocks edition is the first based on City Journal’s special issue, The Shape of Work to Come. In 1967, 95 percent of men between the ages of 25 and 54 worked. During the Great Recession, the share […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Gorsuch May Get A Vote, Waiting for the Right to Work, Trump’s Tiresome Tweeting

 

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are pleased to see nine Senate Democrats claim to want an up or down vote for Judge Gorsuch. They also applaud Missouri passing right to work legislation but wince as opponents may be able to stall the law from taking effect for almost two years. And they scold President Trump for tweeting about Ivanka’s battle with Nordstrom.

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Just saw the new space they are moving us into at work. We are going from full cubicles with six-foot walls, which–though a nightmare in themselves–at least provide a modicum of privacy, to half cubicles with four-foot walls. In terms readers of Dante would understand, moving roughly from the third circle to the sixth. Supposedly […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The New Unworking Class

 

He that will not work shall not eat (except by sickness he be disabled). For the labors of thirty or forty honest and industrious men shall not be consumed to maintain a hundred and fifty idle loiterers. – John Smith, 1609

One out of six prime working-age adult males in the United States is not temporarily unemployed, or “between jobs,” or “looking for work.” No, a huge cohort of men in America is now neither employed nor looking for work. They are just skating by on a combination of girlfriends, wives, mothers, and government benefits. Their status, argues Nicholas Eberstadt in Men Without Work, is a “quiet catastrophe.”

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