Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | October 25, 2017

Picoblog Question – 2017 – Post #16

Picoblog Question – 2017 – Post #16

The Olympic season is approaching rapidly. What is your favorite winter sport to watch, and why?

My two cents, but please share yours:

For me, it’s all about figure skating. That was my sport way back in high school.

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Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | October 25, 2017

The Abundance Frontier – 2017 – Post #1

The Abundance Frontier – 2017 – Post #1

Now that AI/robotics/automation and populism have arrived, what will be the next revolution?

My two cents, but please share yours:

The next revolution may in fact be the Abundance Frontier, and it promises to be a near-future-technology Wild West, pioneer spirit included.

The challenge will be to make each of the economic necessities of life so abundant they become virtually free. Here’s a starter list for these necessities.

  • Air
  • Water
  • Food
  • Shelter
  • Clothing
  • Transportation
  • Self-protection
  • Energy
  • Healthcare
  • Life experiences

Upcoming posts in this new picoblog series will focus on each of these necessities in turn and how they may be tech-enabled.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | October 16, 2017

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #42

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #42

“My sorrow, when she’s here with me, thinks these dark days of autumn rain are beautiful as days can be; she loves the bare, the withered tree; she walks the sodden pasture lane.”

– Robert Frost

My two cents, but please share yours:

Even though it’s sunny and bright and toasty outside, this little quote still touches my heart.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | October 16, 2017

Movie Corner – 2017 – Post #10 – Perfect for October

Movie Corner – 2017 – Post #10 – Perfect for October

What movie would be perfect to watch in October?

My two cents, but please share yours:

This month, I’m going with a romance classic, one of my all-time favorites, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947). The film stars Rex Harrison, George Sanders, and Gene Tierney. Even the sea music is haunting.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | October 16, 2017

Book Corner – 2017 – Post #10

Book Corner – 2017 – Post #10

What are you currently reading?

My two cents, but please share yours:

For fiction, I’m about to start The Villa by Nora Roberts, for pure fun. She’s written so many stories that I can always find one I haven’t read.

For nonfiction, I’m in the early chapters of WTF?: What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us by Tim O’Reilly. This newly published book examines near-future technology from a mostly AI (artificial intelligence) perspective.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | October 7, 2017

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #41

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #41

“With regard to robots, in the early days of robots people said, ‘Oh, let’s build a robot’ and what’s the first thought? You make a robot look like a human and do human things. That’s so 1950s. We are so past that.”

– Neil deGrasse Tyson

My two cents, but please share yours:

The androids will be interesting. But the robots that don’t look human will be quite fascinating.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | October 7, 2017

Techie Corner – 2017 – Post #13 – Think Small Business

Techie Corner – 2017 – Post #13 – Think Small Business

According to a recent PwC research article, approximately 38% of U.S. jobs may be taken by robots and AI by the early 2030s. Where will the replacement jobs for humans be created?

My two cents, but please share yours:

The answer is not government or big corporations.

Nearly all growth in the job market over the next fifteen years will come from startups and small businesses.

Unfortunately, the number of small businesses and startups has been decreasing due to high tax and regulatory burdens. Government needs to ease these burdens, and this needs to happen now. Five years from now will likely be too late to prevent a crisis.

Almost every human job (old or new) will require computer coding, mathematics, science, and/or engineering–across all business sectors. If an individual wishes to work and doesn’t have these skills, they should get them, soon. Also, several news outlets recently reported that over half of the schools in this country do not teach computer programming, the number one job skill going forward. Educational institutions will either fix this error or go extinct.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | October 7, 2017

Rise of the Layoff Generation – Post #7

Rise of the Layoff Generation – Post #7

Are there any final thoughts for this Layoff Generation picoblog series?

My two cents, but please share yours:

The Layoff Generation, ages forty-five to sixty-five in 2017, experienced the negative forces of layoffs, economic downturns, inflation (food, clothing, etc.), and skyrocketing healthcare premiums and deductibles. Many in this generation have been left unable to bridge to retirement. They must now seek income streams to correct their financial gaps.

Here are a few final thoughts.

  1. Individuals who’ve refreshed the basics and studied a bit beyond are competitive. They have something highly valuable to offer, are not looking for charity, and have earned the right to approach each prospective employer with polite confidence.
  2. The most valuable skill in the next ten years will be the ability to write code in a few different computer languages.
  3. Set retirement ages are about to be obsolete. No one should retire until they’re prepared and wish to.
  4. Optimism, cheerfulness, and a sense of abundance make a job seeker at any age shine.
Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | October 2, 2017

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #40

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #40

“There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.”

– Jane Austen

My two cents, but please share yours:

A little prayer helps as well, especially in times of tragedy.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | October 2, 2017

Picoblog Question – 2017 – Post #15

Picoblog Question – 2017 – Post #15

October is a time to think about comfort and serenity. What will you do this week to add a little of both to your life?

My two cents, but please share yours:

Normally, my go-to would be comfort food. But this week, since it’s still too warm in Texas, I’m going to light scented candles and take a few moments to just breathe.

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