At the heart of the French issue is the unilateral imposition, without a vote, by the apparently socialist (but in reality just as no-liberal as the rest of the West) French government. This imposes a relaxing of the 35 hour weekly work-time rule.
This is said to be good for employers.
Foxconn, one of the world’s largest computer & electronic equipment makers is ditching 60, 000 people, for robots!
This is said to be good for…. erm….
Not Only That, But Also
Well, Big Mcdonald’s in the USA may be ditching workers for robots
We all have to eat and in The West we use money to pay for it all. We also pay for our dwellings and all the knick-knacks that make our lives what they are (studies thumb while blundering down high street with little box in hand).
The role of money in our lives and how we get it is paramount.
Now let’s consider those workers striking to keep their hours down, their money up and the role of robots in all of this, because it affects us all.
Sooner or later, most of us will have to consider our place in this robotic world. Really. What will you do?
Final Thoughts & Conclusion
Work is NOT the be-all and end-all of everything.
Happiness is the be-all and end-all of everything. (n.b. not the pursuit of happiness, just your average, every day happiness. Goddit?)
McDonald’s and other fast food outlets ditch real human workers for robots (maybe just a food window like on the Star Trek Enterprise?),
waiters are replaced by robots,
computer makers ditch real people for robots,
doctors and even surgeons are replaced by robots,
trains, planes, buses and cars are all driven by robots…
…then we will all have much more free time.
BUT, and it is a big but,
How will we pay for our free time?
And for all those tut-tutting about the French workers on strike and jealous of a fully paid 35-hour working week…
Where will your job be?
Where will you get your money?
Where’s your protestant work ethic now?
How will universal happiness be attained?
Not everyone is blessed with the muses.
Not everyone can be a politician.
Not everyone can run quaint tea shops and sell tat to tourists.
Not everyone can be a plumber.
Don’t start the argument that people will be needed to fix the machines, the phones, the computers. Electronic devices are consumables now and do not need fixing. They just get replaced. The people that currently devise new machines have been redundant for many years.
In fact, most new computer circuitry is designed…by computer!
…and with robots creating robots that do all the work, what place for people? With decision-making robots, maybe the Terminator series are closer than we think?
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court approved Pacific WebWorks motion authorizing the sale of Debtor’s intellipay subsidiary free and clear of liens, claims, encumbrances and interests.
The order states, “The Debtor conducted an auction consistent with the procedures described in the Motion on April 20, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. (the Auction). The highest and best bid submitted at the Auction was by Convenient Payments, in the amount of $140,000. The second highest and best bid submitted at the Auction was by Otterstrom in the amount of $130,000.”
Look what happens when fraudulent business practices are used and sound advice ignored.
Look at what once was…
Back in September 2009, Pacific Webworks was proudly announcing $21.4 million in gross profits. Shares were over 30 cents.
Now the business is sold, share price less than a cent.
In the end, they were both just too bad, too visibly illegal, too hurtfully immoral in their ways that even the glacially slow process of real justice finally caught up with them – PWW couldn’t take the hit from a Google lawsuit, Willms couldn’t take the hit from the Feds, though he still continues in business without his old fanfares of self-publicity and his websites are notable for their lack of detail what he actually does anymore.
Chapter 11 Bankruptcy on Internet “Business”, Pacific Webworks.
Following several knock-downs by disgruntled, ripped-off individuals and hefty wallops from Google, it appears that running legal is difficult for Utah based business Pacific Webworks (PWW) …. They’ve just filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Announcement here.
PWW, formerly a tarmac company, now has time to figure out what to do. If they stay legal I wish them well and hope they prosper. If not, there’s always karmic retribution. Reducing this makes us and the world, better.
A Russian fighter aircraft has caused a major alert over the skies of Europe as tension mounts in the so-called radar wars.
In a statement, President Putin said that the plane was flying in international airspace looking for Turkey but got lost over the Bay of Biscay.
NATO has replied with it’s own version in which their track definitely shows the pilot making defensive manoeuvres all over Europe.
To counter this, Belgian officials say the plane stayed within international airspace which is now defined as being three and a half leagues inside geographical borders and never once touched Belgian airspace.
To date, it has been confirmed that newspaper sales have not suffered and that no news presenters have lost their jobs.
Prime Minister Cameron has pledged to ask the Daily Mail and Sun exactly what he should say next.
Beryl, of Saffron Walden (42) said,
I was checking the gutters for drips and saw a strange plane in the sky which looked at me in a funny way. I was glad to get back inside. You can’t be too careful in this day and age what with them radar tracks and all.