On this Valentine’s day where people are looking for companionship and comfort, I’m trying to think of the coldest thing possible! In an era where technology has eroded middle-class jobs, isn’t it about time it did the same to the upper crust of our society?
Machines could be more analytical than any business owner could ever hope to be. A machine is far less corruptable. It isn’t driven by greed, or any sort of “alpha” mentality – it makes the most logical decisions that lead to the best decision for the company. A machine doesn’t need to make a ballsy move to impress anyone, it doesn’t have anything to prove. A machine could process data thousands of times faster and simplify processes in a way no human being could. It would cut down bureaucracy, there wouldn’t be needs for meetings, or or discssions. Decisions would be made, workers would act.
What if an organization of workers united under their robotic overlord and founded a “leaderless” company? Imagine a company where all employees are equal, there is no hirearchy, the machine decides the tasks at hand, the workers build out the orders at a factory, ship out the finished product, and share in the profits. Imagine how well off banks and auto manufacturers would be if it wasn’t unbalanced by guys at the top getting multi-million dollar bonuses, and the guys at the bottom earning a “decent living” at $18 an hour. I feel like the future is upon us, and it might be time to use machines for more than replacing our physical labor force.
I’ve had another busy few weeks. The downside of being a one man show: if you’re busy, the site suffers. More to come, soon, I assure you. I’ve had birthdays for friends and relatives, preparing to file my taxes, not to mention recent illness and other bodily injury. But I’m bouncing back and will get back in the swing of things. To top that off, I’m may have aother project in the works, but we’ll see if I can get some assistance with it, first.
I’ve already supported Ouya, the up and coming $99 video game console. I’m not expecting it to compete with the Xbox 360, I don’t consider it part of the current generation of console games, but I do consider it to be a console that is going to shake up the industry. I should be getting mine some time next month, since I was part of the Kickstarter funding process. But now that this thing is growing, and it’s going to be in stores like Target and Best Buy, it’s clearly gaining more and more momentum. Another round of consoles will be released in June. The good news if you missed the Kickstarter? The price isn’t going up. You can Preorder Ouya from Amazon now for just $99, and yes, it qualifies for free super saver shipping.
A friend asked me what i thought of Microsoft buying a piece of Dell. Here is what I wrote to him on Facebook.
Microsoft taking 10-15% of Dell is a natural move, now that they are edging more in to the hardware market with Surface, Surface Pro, and whatever this year’s Surface 2 is bound to be. Apple doesn’t want Dell, they’re ALREADY a hardware manufacturer with ties to Intel, which they will break when OS11 launches. I expect them to go back to their non Intel ways. Higher profit margins. Right now I think every company is trying to innovate ways to increase revenue streams, not being innovative in ways that are making people flock to them. This goes for everyone. Did apple think a 5th row of icons was gonna sell iPhone 5? Does Intel think we can stay at their 3Ghz barrier forever and just keep adding cores? Microsoft stepping in to more hardware is exciting. It’s not just a mouse with their logo on it, or the next Xbox, it’s a real Microsoft product stepping up and showing companies like HP and ASUS how to do it. With a stake in Dell, it makes that a lot easier.
My friend mentioned that he didn’t think it would stop at 15%, and that Michael Dell wanted to bring the company back to a privately held company. I continued…
Michael Dell only owns I think 15 or 16% himself. Private, maybe, but I don’t think he wants to give up the goat to Microsoft entirely, and let them call the shots. And I don’t think Microsoft is interested in being seen as a threat to their licensing partners; all the other OEMs who sell Windows on their machines (Acer, ASUS, Toshiba, Sony, HP, etc…). If they see Microsoft as a direct threat to their business, they won’t support it by licensing Windows. MS must know that. If Microsoft buys a huge chunk of Dell, the others will flock to Linux or another alternative, just so they aren’t giving their competition a dime. It would be the end of Microsoft as anyone has known it for 25 years. I think Microsoft is smart enough to know a small investment in Dell would pay for itself while working on “a tablet” and maybe “a desktop” or two, but they don’t want to be seen as a threat to their OEMs.