Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 24th Oct 2013 16:02 UTC, submitted by bowkota
Google

Google back in 2005:

There will be no banner ads on the Google homepage or web search results pages.

Google today:

The company confirmed to the Guardian that it is testing a system with about 30 advertisers in the US in which it shows banner ads for companies including SouthWest Airlines on pages which include them in web search results.

And people wonder why I have zero trust in companies.

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RE[7]: Comment by Tractor
by Alfman on Sat 26th Oct 2013 04:07 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by Tractor"
Alfman
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2011-01-28

unclefester,

"One of my friends owns an upmarket hair salon. She earns $2000-3000/week after costs."

I first read that as "per month" and thought that's pretty good. But re-read that "per week", 104k - 156k per year "after costs", wow... that kind of income makes it easy to become a millionaire!

"Robotised pharmacies are already used in some US hospitals."

I think it makes a lot of sense from an efficiency and reliability standpoint, however I suspect the main impediment is actually the law requiring drugs to be sold by certified pharmacists. Technically speaking selling drugs wouldn't require much more than a glorified vending machine with ATM-like authorizations. If the law gets updated, a lot of pharmacists could be made redundant in short order.


Something tells me the world is not ready for robotized hairdressers ;) However I do think we are ready for robotized chiefs, once the price of robots drops below that of the minimum wage kids working in the back, they're likely to be out of a job.

If I had money to throw at it I'm pretty confident that I could build a machine capable of doing a chef's job. It would be very efficient, timing all the ingredients to be ready at exactly the right moment. A customer might place an order online and know exactly when it would be ready. It could remember customer's meal preferences and reproduce them with utmost consistency.

Customer facing jobs aren't as likely to disappear. Take a bartender for example, there are already machines that can mix drinks, that's not such a hard problem technically, but something is lost in the ambiance when you get rid of the human element.

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RE[8]: Comment by Tractor
by unclefester on Sat 26th Oct 2013 09:45 in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by Tractor"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

I first read that as "per month" and thought that's pretty good. But re-read that "per week", 104k - 156k per year "after costs", wow... that kind of income makes it easy to become a millionaire!


She started work at 15. By the age of 25 she owned two houses and a fairly expensive sports car outright.

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RE[9]: Comment by Tractor
by Alfman on Sat 26th Oct 2013 19:18 in reply to "RE[8]: Comment by Tractor"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

unclefester,

"She started work at 15. By the age of 25 she owned two houses and a fairly expensive sports car outright."

It leaves a huge dilemma as to what direction to steer the kids, doesn't it? Start earning an income right away at a job that cannot be offshored. Or start earning it years later while paying down interest on a six figure education debt?

Edited 2013-10-26 19:31 UTC

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RE[8]: Comment by Tractor
by unclefester on Sat 26th Oct 2013 09:52 in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by Tractor"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

The robotised hospital "pharmacies" are nothing more than very expensive and very sophisticated vending machines. The doctors produce electronic "prescriptions". The machines then dispense pre-packaged tablets of the required drugs. This performs virtually all the routine tasks of a pharmacist at minimal cost.

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