Saturday, September 20, 2014

Android One

Android One

Although not available to me where I am, this is just the phone for me.

Powerful and capable, while inexpensive, simple and to the point without outside interference i.e. manufacturer's bloatware. Plus dual SIM port. Always the latest software.

The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich

One doesn't really want to recognize the fact that technology is anything other than a boon to the existing middle class plus a wider swathe of people internationally.

Although this is a mid-2013 video, technology is accelerating at an ever increasing rate a massive shift of wealth away from the middle class toward the lower and upper classes in all parts of the world (at home and away) all the while people are distracted and charmed by the improving existing and newly emerging technologies e.g. search, social networks, smartphones with associated applications and hardware, drones, and the list goes on.

By the years 2020 to 2030, those and their families comfortably ensconced now in their middle class, will be rudely awakened to find themselves in a much lowered middle class or even in a lower class than previously thought since just about anything can be automated including decision making processes rendering the human element increasingly redundant.

The new technologies may become affordable to the masses due to scaling, but who will the masses be, given that jobs are increasingly automated and wealth shifting to the gifted computer scientists.

The prelude to this video: (15.24")

"Technology is advancing in leaps and bounds — and so is economic inequality, says writer Chrystia Freeland. In an impassioned talk, she charts the rise of a new class of plutocrats (those who are extremely powerful because they are extremely wealthy), and suggests that globalization and new technology are actually fueling, rather than closing, the global income gap. Chrystia lays out three problems with plutocracy … and one glimmer of hope."

The rise of the new global super-rich

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Dragon is in the Tail

Quite some time ago, I wondered about what questions (and answers) should appear in a business plan were one to have something worth propelling into the market place e.g. space experiences.

This means that one would have to evaluate the long term viability of a product, service or experience and its business environment.

Since then, from time to time I have randomly thought of and fleshed out the below questions and later reorganized them again and again for reasons of context.

Only some questions might apply to smaller endeavours while the rest (and more) might apply to riskier, more grandiose or ambitious ventures (especially when people and capital intensive) i.e. size of the business as well as deeper, wider and further reach in terms of market penetration.