Posts Tagged ‘technology’


Termination by teleconference: Hypocrisy & humiliation from AOL CEO

Monday, August 12th, 2013

AOL’s Patch product has been under fire. AOL CEO Tim Armstrong held a teleconference to 1,000 Patch employees expecting massive layoffs. Layoffs were not announced right then.

The transcript of a key part of the teleconference can be read at the Jim Romenesko website. As you listen to the relevant audio clip, or read, you’ll notice that Armstrong clearly wants to convince employees that he (Armstrong) is committed to the project’s viability (no joke!!!).

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60 Minutes video: Robots, not human workers, are in demand

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Watch this CBS-TV 60 Minutes segment on the booming market for robotic workers that replace humans. It’s not sci-fi. MIT researchers are clear that even if manufacturing returns to the U.S., humans will not be involved. Robots will produce the products. This video is a celebration of technology’s limitless future and ability to build wealth for some few entrepreneurs and investors.

Remaining unexplored is the impact on a nation’s human population that is denied gainful employment and all that that provides. Why is the toll on humans not part of the “inevitable” rise of technology? Perhaps we should slow down and ponder consequences of each new “advance.”

What machines, gizmos, technologies (hardware or software) have actually improved economic and living conditions for humans and not businesses?

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