A Purposeful Life in a Land of Robots

Bill Gates writes on Yuval Noah Hattari's most recent book Homo Deus: I am more interested in what you might call the purpose problem. Assume we maintain control [of robots and artificial intelligence]. What if we solved big problems like hunger and disease, and the world kept getting more peaceful:…

Voice-first Commerce

The idea of voice-first commerce is nothing new but it's about to evolve in meaningful ways.  We've long engaged in voice-first commercial transactions. Drive-through restaurants were build around voice-first  commerce. While there is some debate on who was first, In-N-Out Burger's first restaurant, which opened in Baldwin Park, California in 1948,…

A Few Thoughts on the Labor Market

With the April jobs report out last Friday there are a number of characteristics of the current labor market worth noting. Most of the headlines last week focused on strong than expected employment gains and a decline in the unemployment rate that takes it down to 4.4 percent - the lowest since…

The End of Random

Digitization is eradicating randomness. It's a bold conjecture. But one manifesting itself in myriad ways. If you've been following the news over the past couple of weeks, you've surely read more than a few articles about United flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville. When videos of Dr. David Dao being…

Amazon Alexa at our Dinner Table

Family dinner is the goal. And I'm reminded of this every time I read an article hightlighting the value and parental stress imbedded within this longtime cultural ritual. With each article, I always feel the same emotions - an equal and offsetting dose of guilt and hope.  Ethel Rohan's article in…
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