Welcome radio listeners and online article readers. Welcome everyone not only to this program but also to the future. Technology is changing the way we live each day in very profound ways. It constantly rearranges the free market with disruptive technology, causing challenges for old companies and the employment status quo. It’s difficult for colleges and universities to keep up with this technology, as it seems they are always teaching and training people to do last year’s jobs.
Therefore, in the future, these folks who have paid $100,000 in student loans may not even be working in those fields where they got their degrees. Statistically, that has been the case, but it will be even more so. Okay, that’s what this program is about today, on the 23rd day of October 2012 – how future technologies will change everything. The rules are simple; I talk, you listen. After 30 minutes, I will open up the phone lines, or if you are reading this article online, you may post a comment below. The first topic of the day is;
1.) Google’s Dominance and Disruption to the Newspaper Industry
Indeed, I believe Larry Page of Google noted that the newspaper industry’s days are numbered. He stated that there wouldn’t be newspapers in the future; that is, printed words on paper being delivered to your doorstep. He was predicting the death of newspapers and when it would happen; he said it could happen in a few years, or perhaps even a decade, but they wouldn’t exist in the future. Few could deny what he was saying, and when he made that common a few years ago, the newspapers were laying off, merging, or only going out of business.
Some newspapers have found that they can set up paywalls to make extra money, and perhaps the technology we talk about as tablet computers have at least helped them in that regard where people can take their newspaper with them on the go and read it online for a couple of dollars a month or week. This worked well for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other well-known and well-read newspapers. But it doesn’t seem to be working for all the local newspapers, although some who have a stranglehold on their local market are also doing okay with paywalls.
Then again, why would anyone pay to view a newspaper online when they can go to Google Technology News, surf the news, and get information from all over the planet, perhaps even better information, or articles downloaded from the Associated Press into regional newspapers? Many of the stories we read on the other side of these paywalls are nothing more than regurgitated Associated Press news. Thus, one should ask, why should we pay?
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An article on ARS Technica titled, “Brazilian press to Google technology News: pay up or leave our content alone – Google technology says being told to pay is like, “taxing a taxi driver for taking tourists to eat.” Megan Geuss, on October 21, 2012, was curious. The same thing has been happening in France and other places, and it appears that they are trying to get Google technology tripped up in copyright law. You must realize that copyright law differs in Europe, Brazil, and other places. The United States has “Fair Use” case law, which seems to allow at least a paragraph and reference to a news story.
If you want to read more, Google technology has been quite good at sending traffic based on this “fair use principle” with links to the actual article. Sometimes people don’t, and perhaps this is what the Brazilian press is concerned about. People just read the first paragraph and headline, and then they don’t need to read the newspaper, buy the newspaper, or pay to go beyond the paywall of that organization online. These companies believe it hurts sales, but Google technology is probably helping them much more than breaking them. Shouldn’t the newspapers worldwide get with the program and bring it into the 21st century?
In reality, status quo industries die hard and fight to the end, using their power to propel their political will onto the market. However, with no innovation, everyone is left back in the Stone Age, and that means we may as well be reading our text on chiseled stone or hard-to-get parchment paper. The printing press changed the world, and now it is changing again; it’s time to get up with the program and enjoy the trillions of pages online from whatever new source they come from. If these Brazilian newspapers wish to limit what their readers read and be their sole source of information, that is somewhat self-serving.
Further, the mass media has often tried to control people’s minds and therefore has absolute control over the politics of society and civilization. They don’t wish to lose that, and who could blame them? Power is addictive. We know technology from our politics, and we certainly know it from human history. There are no differences from what I can see. Of course, one could say that this Internet flow of information contains very few gems, and much of it is just a barrage of information pollution. Speaking of corruption, let’s switch gears and talk about real pollution and some new technologies for now, shall we?
2.) Better Local Pollution Emissions Technology
Recently, the AQMD in Southern California complained that pollution levels had increased. But where was all this pollution coming from? Well, it came from several sources of technology and different types of pollution interacting. Some of that, 1% of the corruption in California’s atmosphere has blown across the entire Pacific Ocean from China. China says it isn’t their pollution because they are making products to send to America. Therefore it is America’s pollution. Consequently, the United States shouldn’t complain.
Indeed, China uses coal-fired plants to generate electricity; often, without clean coal technology, they now have it available if they wish to buy it from Germany. In some cases, they’ve already copied it and installed it themselves. You have to love technology. Regarding proprietary information, the Chinese don’t seem to have any ethical knowledge of how that works, perhaps because their society went for thousands of years copying each other. They assume you would share your secrets and cultivation technology with them if you were a friend or a farmer.
During the Communist periods, they also shared technology and didn’t have patent laws or intellectual property rights. Their culture is much different in this regard, and it’s been difficult for them to grasp this concept, but then again, some companies know the rules but flagrantly violate them to turn a huge profit. Now then, back to the pollution problem in Southern California. The University of Riverside also noted that much of the LA basin pollution was coming from the aircraft at the airport at LAX technology and the ships bringing products into port Los Angeles and Long Beach port.
These giant cargo ships would get in long lines bringing, and while waiting in line, idle their smoky and sooty diesel engines, waiting to unload their containers from Asia, mostly China. Those big diesel engines do not have pollution control devices like our modern-day trucks and automobiles. They spew pollution into the atmosphere, and during those foggy days, it would combine with water vapor and other pollution caused by local surface transportation, refineries, and factories. These combinations make a wicked, ugly atmosphere blocking the beautiful blue sky. To top it off, the trains that can often allow for more pollution (old rules for rail) would pick up those containers and take them across technology the country. Because many of these cargo ships could not get through the Panama Canal as they were so large, they dropped off the containers and then went by rail to the rest of the country.
Containers going locally in California or nearby states will often jump on intermodal trucks for some distance, and those trucks add traffic to our freeways and smog to the atmosphere. Then, Gizmag had an interesting article, “New software improves measurement of greenhouse gas emissions,” by Antonio Pasolini, published on October 22, 2012. These new technologies and software can help us know where the smog originated. What happens when EPA technology gets a hold of this and starts going after specific companies and industries with this new knowledge?
It’s not that we don’t wish to reduce pollution, no one wishes to breathe dirty air, but this will throw new rules and regulations and staunch enforcement on industries that previously haven’t had to deal with it. One could say they’ve been polluting long; it’s time they stop. Undoubtedly, but if we clamp down on them too quickly, we will disrupt the supply chain, raise consumer prices, and deal with increased wholesale inflation on everything we buy. So this technology helps us understand our environment and the actual emissions into the atmosphere from human activity. Still, it is also quite disruptive because the regulatory authority, specifically the EPA, knows no bounds.
Of course, then we will get into issues with union lobbyists and big companies who do not wish to comply with onerous EPA rules, and they will tell everyone that if the EPA doesn’t knock it off, they will lay off workers. That could hurt the economy. Therefore, they may go after little companies rather than big ones, thus creating entry barriers in various industries. The EPA could require new pollution control devices, which would be too expensive for small businesses. Therefore the larger companies will survive, and the small businesses Google technology, which provides competition, creating lower prices for consumers, will go the wayside.
Indeed everything is interrelated, the advection fog that we see during the “June Gloom” off California’s coast, that fog mixes with the pollution. It heats up in a temperature inversion challenge in the LA basin. Throw in a few X-flares and solar maximum technology with increased temperatures, and now we’ve got the pot cooking exacerbating the pollution problem. Speaking of X-flares, they probably affect much more than we might realize. So let’s talk about that for a moment, shall we?
3.) X-Flares Occurring and Days of Rage Considered
Not only do solar flares and the solar maximum cause faster polar ice melt issues and change the mixtures and re-combinations of pollution while causing temperature inversions carrying that pollution higher and, thus, across a greater region, but some surmise that it also affects human behavior, at least social scientists have been attempting to study these correlations. However, the data is hard to get ahold of. We are learning more and more each year about such anomalies or even inverse relations to solar flares.
On October 23, 2012, an X-1 class solar flare will affect the upper atmosphere during daylight hours over Asia and Australia. It would be interesting to see if things heat up there in those regions regarding minor civil Google technology unrest, an increase in crime, or more significant tensions over the territorial waters off the coast of China. We might find some interesting things in the news if we were to put the puzzle pieces together. And what of the Middle East during solar flare events – as in what happens when the Arab Spring or fall fighting season corresponds to already overblown tensions plus the proverbial religious holidays of either side while solar flares are occurring?
Want to check the record and recent history and get back to me on that one? I ask is; I was talking to a social worker from Washington State in the Seattle area, who indicated that her large caseload allowed her to see the differences in Google technology when her clientele had fits of anger or challenges with their behavior. I met her at Starbucks, and she proposed that my hypothesis was real, and she convinced herself of that fact. We don’t have enough empirical data or evidence to prove it, but I think more research is needed. Oh, and speaking of Starbucks and having conversations, I think the world has changed a little bit, and let me tell you why;
4.) Are Tablet Sales Helping Retail Sales at Starbucks?
It seems that more people come to Starbucks and are busy playing on their iPhone, Android, tablet, or computer Google technology. They are reading the news and minding their business, almost as if they ignore everyone else. People used to go to coffee shops to have a dialogue or discussion or get social interaction. Today people are sitting down, plugging into the free outlet, and using the free Wi-Fi. They don’t seem to be talking much, although some get on their cell phones and disrupt everyone else.
So, is Starbucks the new place to go now, not to have an intellectual discussion, but rather to use your tech devices so you don’t have to sit at home and you can be on the go? In other words, is it a destination point other than where you live to leave the house and use your personal Google technology? Is that helping Starbucks sales? It could be, and they seem to be catering to that crowd, although they are catering to anyone who comes in to buy the dollar cup of coffee, I suppose.
Indeed, I don’t think it hurts sales, although getting a decent conversation is difficult these days. Thus, it may be limiting some of those folks from coming in as often. Still, many people are addicted to caffeine, so they will go there and sit amongst the people with their tablet computers, perhaps sharing information with them in real-time. I’ve seen that happen too, where the debates and discussions are done in real-time. Someone will say, “Did you hear about” such and such, and the other person will say, “Yes” because they just got a news alert. Maybe these tablets are becoming a muse for coffee shop discourse. I’m saying that Google technology is often disruptive and changes how we think and live our lives. Have you ever wondered what will happen when 3-D printers are in every home? Let’s discuss Google technology.
5.) 3-D Printers May Change Our Home Lives
Well, why go shopping at the store if you can buy the material you need and merely print your furniture, silverware, cups, plates, houseplant pots, figurines, and other home decorations? Perhaps tools for the garage, picture frames, and other things. That would be my guess, and I believe that’s happening in the future. Once you print something, depending on the type of material you use, you may need Google technology to heat it in an oven or zap it in the microwave to get the material to fuse and harden the material thoroughly. It never falls apart.
Does this mean people will buy larger microwaves and request larger home ovens? Will this increase home appliance sales for General Electric and other appliance makers? That would be my guess, and I wonder if Hewlett-Packard also understands that future.? Maybe they may have six-in-one printers instead of five-in-one (printer, fax, scanner, etc.) in the future? Likewise, the quality of the 3-D printer you buy will determine the quality of the product you produce when you order the electronic file with the CADCAM design of exactly what you want.
Indeed, people can tell if you created the object using a high-quality 3-D printer or some cheap knockoff brand. A figurine might be judged by its quality and attention to detail. That doesn’t mean you couldn’t take an X-Acto knife to ensure the details are pristine before you harden it. You may even decide to paint the figurine thus, painting over any flaws. Then you will throw it in the oven before you put it on display in your home. Does this mean that hobby craft supplies may be a nice place to invest, or will it be a victim of 3-D Google technology printing, where people also print those supplies?
In any case, we may have more of our citizenry going for quality rather than quantity because of this issue of quality and detail. Okay, which manufacturers will be hurt by 3-D Google technology printing in the future? It could cause a terrible challenge for the transportation industry because they will no longer ship products. It could hurt the commercial real estate industry because big-box retailers will no longer need to display items; everyone will order them online, even using holographic displays to see the article before calling the file to print it at home.
China could be the big loser because they do so much in-country manufacturing. For instance, it could cause 100 million people to lose their jobs in China. That could be enough to economically implode the country, causing an overthrow of the government. Sure, that is a speculative theory, but not so out of whack considering human history.
What about auto parts manufacturers? Many of those jobs have moved to Mexico from the United States, and a tremendous number of knockoff automotive parts are being produced in China. This does an end-run on China and the intellectual property, and patent theft, which is poetic justice, but we will be hurt here at home too. We make parts for all sorts of things; cars, trucks, airplanes, medical devices, hardware, etc. That will surely hurt manufacturing jobs.
Of course, it will spawn a new industry of 3-D printing material, and it already has. Several companies think they have a lockdown on the type of material used. Still, I assure you that as these 3-D printers get better. We get better at manipulating molecular assembly and assimilation. Those pioneers of these 3-D printing materials must stay up with the game or relinquish their market share to future innovation.
Now then, if folks are shopping less at retail stores, that will affect the retail industry as well, but people might also be driving less, therefore cutting down on the fuel they use. Still, this means that sales tax revenue for the cities, counties, and states will decline because they will buy less energy and fewer things in the retail store. You can also expect that those items they print in their own home will cost less than if they purchase them in a store because the store has a supply chain, which also adds to the cost of the product. Therefore all the things that they print will be cheaper for that consumer. Lower prices mean lower sales tax revenue as a percentage.
Further, the consumer will spend the most money on the materials sold in bulk, just as now people can almost get a free printer. Still, big money is made in the price of the ink they have to buy to keep it recharged; look at the prior decade of HP earnings as they are broken down in their annual shareholder’s reports. I’m saying this will be a paradigm shift and affect every industry all at once. If you think the future isn’t coming, it’s already in the pipeline, and we already have 3-D Google technology printers in many high schools nationwide. Students are getting the idea of exactly what this Google technology can do for the future and creating new applications for it.