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This Thriving City—and Many Others—Could Soon Be Disrupted by Robots - WSJ
Feb. 9, 2019 | WSJ | By Christopher Mims.

In and around the city of Lakeland, Florida you’ll find operations from Amazon, DHL (for Ikea), Walmart , Rooms to Go, Medline and Publix, a huge Geico call center, the world’s largest wine-and-spirits distribution warehouse and local factories that produce natural and artificial flavors and, of all things, glitter.

Yet a recent report by the Brookings Institution, based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau and McKinsey & Co., argues that the economic good times for Lakeland could rapidly come to an end. Brookings placed it third on its list of metros that are most at risk of losing jobs because of the very same automation and artificial intelligence that make its factories, warehouses and offices so productive......As technology drives people out of the middle class, economists say, it’s pushing them in one of two directions. Those with the right skills or education graduate into a new technological elite. Everyone else falls into the ranks of the “precariat”—the precariously employed, a workforce in low-wage jobs with few benefits or protections, where roles change frequently as technology transforms the nature of work......One step in Southern Glazer’s warehouse still requires a significant number of low-skill workers: the final “pick” station where individual bottles are moved from bins to shipping containers. This machine-assisted, human-accomplished step is common to high-tech warehouses of every kind, whether they’re operated by Amazon or Alibaba. Which means that for millions of warehouse workers across the globe, the one thing standing between them and technological unemployment is their manual dexterity, not their minds.... “I think there will be a time when we have a ‘lights out’ warehouse, and cases will come in off trucks and nobody sees them again until they’re ready to be shipped to the customer,” says Mr. Flanary. “The technology is there. It’s just not quite cost-effective yet.”
artificial_intelligence  automation  Christopher_Mims  disruption  distribution_centres  Florida  manual_dexterity  precarious  productivity  robotics  warehouses  cities  clusters  geographic_concentration  hyper-concentrations 
5 weeks ago by jerryking
The Rise of Global, Superstar Firms, Sectors and Cities - CIO Journal.
Jan 18, 2019 | WSJ | By Irving Wladawsky-Berger.

Scale increases a platform’s value. The more products or services a platform offers, the more consumers it will attract, helping it then attract more offerings, which in turn brings in more consumers, which then makes the platform even more valuable. Moreover, the larger the network, the more data available to customize offerings and better match supply and demand, further increasing the platform’s value. The result is that a small number of companies have become category kings dominating the rest of their competitors in their particular markets.

Network dynamics also apply to metropolitan areas. For the past few decades, the demands for high-skill jobs have significantly expanded, with the earnings of the college educated workers needed to fill such jobs rising steadily. Talent has become the linchpin asset of the knowledge economy, making capital highly dependent on talented experts to navigate our increasingly complex business environment.

“Just as the economy confers disproportionate rewards to superstar talent, superstar cities… similarly tower above the rest,” wrote urban studies professor and author Richard Florida. “They are not just the places where the most ambitious and most talented people want to be - they are where such people feel they need to be.”
cities  Irving_Wladawsky-Berger  platforms  start_ups  superstars  talent  winner-take-all  clusters  geographic_concentration  hyper-concentrations  Richard_Florida  knowledge_economy 
7 weeks ago by jerryking
Where You Should Move to Make the Most Money: America’s Superstar Cities - WSJ
By Christopher Mims
Dec. 15, 2018 12:00 a.m. ET
Technology is creating an economy in which superstar employees work for superstar firms that gather them into superstar cities, leading to a stark geographic concentration of wealth unlike any seen in the past century.

The latest example of this is Apple announcing this past week a billion-dollar investment in a new campus that could ultimately accommodate up to 15,000 employees in a city already red hot with talent (Austin, Texas).....When economists talk about “superstar” anything, they’re referencing a phenomenon first described in the early 1980s. It began as the product of mass media and was put into overdrive by the internet. In an age when the reach of everything we make is greater than ever, members of an elite class of bankers, chief executives, programmers, Instagram influencers and just about anyone with in-demand technical skills have seen their incomes grow far faster than those of the middle class.

In this winner-take-all economy, the superstar firms—think Apple, Google and Amazon, but also their increasingly high-tech equivalents in finance, health care and every other industry—appear to account for most of the divergence in productivity and profits between companies in the U.S.

As firms cluster around talent, and talent is in turn drawn to those firms, the result is a self-reinforcing trend toward ever-richer, ever-costlier metro areas that are economically dominant over the rest of the country.
Christopher_Mims  cities  clusters  geographic_concentration  geographic_inequality  hyper-concentrations  start_ups  superstars  winner-take-all  disproportionality  digitalization 
december 2018 by jerryking
Hollywood of the south: Atlanta's film industry got so big it built its own neighborhood - The Guardian
Pinewood Atlanta Studios is the largest purpose-built studio outside Hollywood – with a new neighborhood under construction to house the thousands of people who work there.
this-week-440  Around-the-web  Matt  economic-development  jobs  clusters  film  Atlanta  Georgia  south-atlantic 
october 2018 by areadevelopment
What to take to a festival: Friends, drink... and a giant bar chart - BBC News
With his guidance we ran what's known as a k-means cluster analysis on our data. It's a way of taking absolutely loads of data and putting it into smaller groups or clusters.
In the real world, the technique is usually used in marketing to target people with adverts based on what other, similar people are into.
But in this case we used our scores to split us into four pairs based on who, statistically, had the most similar music tastes.
That person then had to spend the day with their statistically-chosen partner - and only watch bands together.
statistics  music  clusters  dj 
july 2018 by paulbradshaw
Upgrading PostgreSQL from 9.4 to 9.6 on Debian Jessie
GitHub is where people build software. More than 27 million people use GitHub to discover, fork, and contribute to over 80 million projects.
pg  postgres  upgrade  clusters 
june 2018 by stahl
Kinesis and ErgoDox Optimal Thumb Cluster Layouts
“This page shows a collection of layout ideas for Kinesis and ergodox keyboards.

“Kinesis default layout is well designed, optimal for normal users who type a lot, but not for people with smaller hands and need to press Ctrl and Alt key frequently. (Such as in photoshop or emacs.)”

And from the Disqus comments:
“My solution was to remap the four arrow keys. I had Ctrl | Alt in the left half (bottom-right corner), and Alt | Ctrl in the right half (bottom-left corner), symmetric. They are kinda small, but that way I did not need to move my hands too much, and could choose which keys to press depending on the situation of the letter or symbol.

“I don't use the arrow keys often, they ended up somewhere in the clusters for when I needed them, and sacrificed Home and End, which I never use.

“Modifiers were the main reason I purchased a Truly Ergonomic, my current keyboard, Ctrl, Alt, and Shift are big and symmetric keys to the sides (in my model), their placement is way much better in my experience.”
kinesis  ergodox  2018  keyboards  layouts  canonical  layoutideas  thumbs  clusters 
march 2018 by handcoding
En Saône-et-Loire, sur les traces des premiers jeux vidéo français
Contre le temps et l’oubli, Bertrand Brocard continue malgré tout de se battre. Juste en face des anciens locaux de Cobrasoft, dans un étroit duplex adossé au cimetière ouest de Chalon, il a ouvert en 2016 le Conservatoire national du jeu vidéo, ultime trace du passé vidéoludique local // what happens when a tech cluster dies?
games  history  clusters  france 
march 2018 by yorksranter

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